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Southern Tier Salted Caramel has joined the brewery’s ongoing Blackwater Series. The series is known for beers like Creme Brûlée, and Choklot.
Salted Caramel takes a base imperial milk stout (brewed with lactose), Himalayan pink sea salt, and caramelized sugar to mimic the flavor of the candy. Much like other beers in the Blackwater Series, this dessert beer finishes at 10% alcohol by volume.
Recently, the brewery started moving these big stouts into 12 ounce bottles. Southern Tier Salted Caramel follows that 12 ounce, 4-pack trend.
How does it taste? The name pretty much says it all. Creme Brûlée smells and tastes like a boozy, beer incarnate of the dessert. Salted Caramel smells like caramel, and tastes like a sweet, roasted malt/caramel-y imperial stout with a touch of salt. Find yourself a big glass and some vanilla ice cream.
Southern Tier Cherry Gose is one of the latest releases from the Lakewood, New York based brewery.
The gose style hails from Germany. At least 50% of the base beer is brewed with wheat, plus adjuncts like salt and coriander. Most goes-style beers are around 4 to 5.5% alcohol by volume.
Southern Tier Cherry Gose incorporates tart cherry juice in an imperial edition of the style. The brewery’s home state of New York ranks 4th in the United States in tart cherry production. A unnamed grower near the brewery provided the cherry puree.
Cherry Gose is soured over the course of three days using Lactobacillus buchneri, a strain of souring bacteria.
Quantitatively, this beer is quite sweet, but we find that this level of residual sweetness is just enough to balance the acidity and that the overall perception of the beer is actually quite dry.
The beer will be available in 12 ounce bottles and draft as a limited release.
8.3% ABV, 7 IBUs
Victory Brewing (Downingtown, PA) and Southern Tier Brewing (Lakewood, NY) have united under a new holding company – Artisanal Brewing Ventures (ABV). This new partnership marks the first major brewery financial transaction of 2016.
As Artisanal Brewing Ventures, both Victory Brewing and Southern Tier will independently operate their breweries, which in whole, constitutes 800,000 barrels in potential annual production. The alliance would rank in the top 15 craft brewing companies in the United States (in production volume).
The leadership teams, and employees will remain in tact across both companies.
“Having gotten to know Phin, John and the whole management team, I am more excited than ever about the innovations that lie in our collective futures. One walk through their brewery and I knew that Southern Tier had the same belief in quality and excellence that has driven our culture for 20 years,” explains Ron Barchet, COO of Victory Brewing Company”
Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet of Victory will be significant shareholders in ABV, and join the Board of Directors. CEO John Coleman and CFO Bill Wild will lead ABV’s management team. The transaction is expected to close in the next 60 days; the final amount of it was not disclosed.
Beer Street Journal spoke with both Victory co-founder Bill Covaleski, and Southern Tier’s Phin DeMink this afternoon. By now, the readers of this site have seen many brewery purchases over the past few years. The influx of money into the small brewery system has changed the competitive climate in Covaleski’s eyes. As the industry evolves, his greatest fear is that some of the United State’s best small brewers may end up competitive enemies, rather than collaborative friends.
Forming a partnership with Southern Tier allows two small/craft breweries to share ideas, collaborate on common goals, and to stay competitive against the new entities with new money and a new edge.
Covaleski spoke very highly of his employees. His commitment to making Victory successful in the future for the staff and fans alike is a main concern. Southern Tier’s DeMink possesses that same commitment. As DeMink puts it, Victory and Southern Tier share the same backyard. This new venture secures the backyard a bit more. ABV and the board will be in charge of the 10,000 foot pieces of the business, including capital expansions, distributor relations, market growth.
Both breweries will operate independently day-to-day -all the way down to the paychecks,
Southern Tier Tangier cans
Southern Tier 2XSMaSH, a new release in the brewery’s single malt/single hop India pale ale series, arrives in January, 2016.
Taking beer ingredients down to the simplest form, Southern Tier 2XSMaSH uses special pale malt, and hopped it with only Mosaic hops. The simplified recipe partners the two ingredients, so both flavors pop. (Plus yeast and water, if you want to get technical.)
2XSMaSH is the newest in our line of single malt and single hop India Pale Ales brewed with Mosaic hops and Special pale malt. Even simplified to one variety of hop and one type of malt it is amazing how complex the flavor is. Mosaic hops are known for their luxurious tropical citrus notes like passionfruit and work absolutely brilliantly with the richness of Special Pale malt.
Southern Tier 2XSMaSH will be available in 12 ounce bottles and draft starting in January, through spring, 2016.
Style: Imperial IPA
Malts: Special Pale Malt
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: January, 2016
Southern Tier Backburner, the brewery’s barleywine will make a seasonal return in January, 2016. This release will feature 12 ounce bottles for the first time.
Long ago, British farmhouse brewers made special ales using the first runnings of the mash. These beers, now called barley wine, are brewed in the tradition of days past. At Southern Tier this long awaited brew is placed on the back burner until the start of the new year. Back Burner Barley Wine is a celebration of things to come and things remembered. It’s conceived in three small batches, using voluminous amounts of barley and hops. The process starts early in the morning and ends late into the night. We hope this rare brew reignites your spirit for another trip around the sun.
Southern Tier Backburner is a seasonal offering in 22 and 12 ounce bottles and draft.
Hops: Kettle – Chinook. Aroma – Willamette. Dry Hop – Amarillo, Centennial.
Malts: 2 Row Pale. Light & Dark Caramel
Availability: 22oz Bottles, 12oz Bottles (NEW). Draft Offerings. January seasonal