Nantahala Brewing Judaculla, a barrel-aged Russian imperial stout, is available once again.
This once a year beer got its start in 2011. Nantahala Brewing Head Brewer Greg Geiger and Owner Joe Rowland created that combined the boldness of a big imperial stout, the vanilla notes of whiskey, and a local flavor that set it apart. The duo identified sorghum, which is produced in the Western North Carolina mountains, to add to the beer. Sorghum (used in root beer) adds molasses notes to Judaculla.
The imperial stout is brewed with sorghum, and then transferred to Jack Daniels barrels for four months. Finally, Judaculla is blend again with fresh, hoppy roasty stout.
“Judaculla took on a life of its own. It’s a complex beer that represents a style we love and offers a blend of flavors that are unique to the culture and history of our area.” – Co-owner Joe Rowland
Nantahala Brewing Judaculla is available in 22 ounce bottles in the taproom and limited distribution.
Latest Return: 12/20/16
Nantahala Midnight Topher, an espresso milk stout, will join the brewery’s lineup on Black Friday.
This specialty release uses a base stout to infuse with local Tribal Grounds Coffee espresso beans. Nantahala’s head brewer Chris White used to work as a barista. His past work with coffee beans inspired what he calls an “illicitly indulgent stout.”
The beans were introduced after primary fermentation, but before carbonation. This method gives the beer more iced coffee, roast and chocolate flavor, with less astringency, than adding coffee to the beer’s boil.
“Some coffee beers only have mild flavors or hints of coffee but that was not what I wanted. I was aiming for a robust coffee flavor with lots of roast character and I think I succeeded. This is the kind of coffee beer that I want to drink.“ – Chris White
Nantahala Midnight Topher will be available in 22 ounce bottles, starting Friday, November, 25th.
6% ABV, 33 IBUS
Nantahala Brewing Pattons Run Porter, a fall favorite on draft since 2011, releases in bottles this year.
Pattons Run Porter, described as “a sessionable beer that is light in body yet has big roast and semi-sweet chocolate flavors,” compliments the fall season’s outdoor activities. “At 4.5% it satisfies people who want to have a few pints without sacrificing flavor,” says brewmaster Greg Geiger.
The Bryson City, NC based brewery offers Pattons Run Porter, named after the first major rapid boaters encounter on the Nantahala River, on draft in their tap room each fall.
This year it will be available in 22oz bottles at Nantahala Brewery on Friday, November 11th. Following the brewery release will be distribution to Tennessee and Western North Carolina.
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Bottle Debut: November, 2016
Nantahala Two Regular Joes
On this rainy Saturday, some light “construction” is being done at SweetWater Brewery. Since the brewery has finished their expansion, it is time to sell a few of the older, smaller tanks. Bryson City, North Carolina based Nantahala Brewing bought at least one, 100 Barrel tank for added fermentation space.
One craft brewery grows and so does another. You see above, the tank being lifted out of the roof of SweetWater.
14 North Carolina breweries got a shot at Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp recently. The group created two beers – The Headliner (Black Ale), and Carolina Dreamin (Red Wheatwine). The 14 breweries are:
Green Man, Highland, Asheville Brewing Company, Catawba Valley, Nantahala, Pisgah, Craggie, French Broad, Oyster House, Wedge Brewing Company, Lexington Avenue Brewery, Thirsty Monk Pub & Brewery, HeinzelmÃ¤nnchen Brewery, & Southern Appalachian Brewing.
Look for kegs at any one of these breweries starting now!