The Bruery’s Andrew Bell calls this an oddball beer. The ice cream inspired Raspberry Sundae Ale is standout in Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across the World box. To the point where you’re not sure whether you want to drink it first or last.
Raspberry Sundae Ale is brewed with raspberries, cacao nibs, and vanilla plus a touch of lactose for a bit of creaminess. You’ll every one of those flavors, but nicely retrained. A beer like this is supposed to bring a raspberry sundae to mind while drinking, even compliment the actual dessert. Not be a substitute for it.
Sierra Nevada and The Bruery’s Raspberry Sundae Ale creation is just one of 12 tasting adventures you’ll find in the Beer Camp Around the World box. Hitting shelves now.
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Today Placentia, California based The Bruery announced that they are partnering with Newton, Massachusetts based Castanea Partners.
The Bruery is still a relatively small operation after 9 years. A few years ago The Bruery split into two units, with the wild and sour arm of the brewery now known as Bruery Terreux. Then just this year, the brewery started releasing India pale ales as Offshoot Beer Co. According to founder Patrick Rue there are still unrealized ideas.
That being said, Rue is going the private equity route. Castanea Partners have already invested in a few notable brands like Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, Urban Decay cosmetics, Essentia Water, and Drybar. According to the Castanea Partners website, this is their first foray into the alcohol industry.
Going forward Patrick Rue will remain CEO and his father Mike Rue will still own a significant portion of The Bruery, Bruery Terreux, and Offshoot Beer Co.
Castanea Partners is going to assist the brewery financially and operationally, exploring new options across their 29 state footprint.
We are still an independent craft brewery.
The amount of the investment has not been disclosed, nor the new ownership split. The deal is expect to close by month’s end.
California based The Bruery is finally doing something they said they’d never do. Releasing India pale ales. So as not to be called liars, they are doing it in their own unique way – under their own label Offshoot Beer Co. Among the first – Offshoot Beer Fashionably Late IPA.
Considering the India pale ale style continues to reign across craft beer, and The Bruery has basically avoided making them like the plague, the name ‘Fashionably Late IPA‘ is fitting. Since hazy, juicy “New England Style” IPAs are hot right now, that’s exactly where Offshoot Beer Co. is starting their journey.
Offshoot Beer Fashionably Late IPA is a hazy, juice bomb, featuring juicy hops like Citra, El Dorado, and Mandarina Bavaria.
They killed it with this one. It pours like orange juice, and smells like tangerines and oranges. The flavor follows suit. The beer is very juicy, slightly bitter, and very bright. “Late” just begs for you to drink it in the sun. The Bruery/Offshoot Beer Co. really did wait for the prefect time to release an IPA. Sure, dropping a hoppy can would have made a splash. But waiting nearly a decade to do it and popping out a hip new “New England Style” IPA? Absolute fire.
Don’t look for distribution for this or any of the Offshoot lineup anytime time soon. This new hoppy lineup will be made available to those that have signed up on the brewery’s interest list for pickup at the brewery only. The Bruery tells Beer Street Journal that there might be a time that California will see some distribution, but for now, the brewery’s receiving dock in Placentia, California is the only place you’ll get them.
Fashionably Late IPA will be one of the first canned releases in late April, 2017.
Hops: Citra, El Dorado, Mandarina Bavaria
Malts: 2 Row, Pale Wheat, Rolled Oats
Availability: 16oz Cans. Brewery only.
Debut: Late April, 2017
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The Bruery Guava Libre, a collaboration with Florida’s Funky Buddha, is coming later this year.
If you need to know just one thing about Funky Buddha, it would have to known their love of food inspired beers. Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, Moro Moro Blood Orange IPA, and Sweet Potato Casserole are prime examples. Teaming up with California based The Bruery, the duo has another food-inspired beer headed your way in the near future.
The Bruery Guava Libre is based on the Cuban dessert pastelitos de guayaba. The tempting dessert incorporates guava paste, cream cheese, powdered sugar and puff pastries.
Echoing the pastry, the breweries created an imperial cream ale brewed with guava, turned dessert-like thanks to milk sugar and vanilla beans.
This sensory getaway transports you to a corner bodega with our friends at Funky Buddha in South Florida to recreate the flavors you’d find in a “pastelito de guayaba.” Championing the big, bold flavors that both our breweries are known for, we brewed an imperial cream ale, adding lactose and vanilla to impart sweet, custard-like ribbons, and guava for filling its conceptual authenticity. It’s a collaboration that’s equal parts inspiration and admiration.
The Bruery Guava Libre will be available in 750 milliliter bottles around the same time fall seasonal Autumn Maple returns.
The Bruery Share This OC ships this month, marking the third release in the brewery’s charitable series.
The series of imperial stouts are all about sharing the love. Both with friends and with those in need. This edition of the imperial stout is inspired by southern California’s history with oranges. California citrus once was called the “second gold rush.” Orange County was once home to millions of orange trees, and still grow quite well there, if you can afford the land.
Taking the roasty, chocolatey base that is Share This, the brewers added cocoa nibs from San Francisco’s TCHO Chocolates, orange zest, and vanilla beans. The result is what we figure will be something a bit like a chocolate orange you get in your stocking at Christmas. Except this one gets you drunk, not hyper.
Drawing upon the southern Cali inspiration, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Food Forward. The group works to eradicate food waste and act as a bridge to get fresh healthy produce to over 1.25 million of the region’s most at risk.
“It’s hard to not have an affinity for oranges when you grow up in Orange County. 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.” – Patrick Rue, The Bruery Founder & CEO
Thus far, the Share This Series has raised nearly $100,000 dollars for selected charities.
The Bruery Share This OC will be available starting in March, in 750 milliliter bottles.
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The Bruery Chocolate Rain will be available for public purchase for the first time in March.
One of the holy mothers of dessert beer in America started with a single cask at the first Black Tuesday release in 2009. Demand was instant, and The Bruery Chocolate Rain was finally bottled in 2011. The only downside to this beer? Only available to The Bruery Reserve Society members.
This March, it will Chocolate Rain for all. The base imperial stout features TCHO cacao nibs, and fresh vanilla beans. To top it all off, it’s huge. 19.6% alcohol by volume huge.
Rich in chocolate, vanilla, oak and bourbon, it truly puts the “imperial” in imperial stout.
On March, 24th, here’s how you get it.
- Ship in California. Buying online from TheBrueryStore.com, and shipping throughout Cali. The first 500 orders get special TCHO Chocolate.
- Tasting Room purchase. First come, First Serve on March 24th.
- Society Members and Preservation Society members have their own climate controlled storage for all releases throughout the year.
Again, 2017 marks the first time The Bruery Chocolate Rain will be available for public purchase, outside of society memberships.
The Bruery White Chocolate, a decadent bourbon barreled beer brewed with vanilla beans, is being distributed for the first time in 2017.
The name might scream imperial stout, however the base beer is actually a wheat wine, aged 100% in bourbon barrels for a year with vanilla beans and cacao nibs. The Bruery affectionately refers to this beer as “white oak sap,” as it 100% bourbon barrel-aged and is the wheat wine component of now retired White Oak ale.
After nearly a year in used bourbon barrels, the beer comes out rich in coconut, honey, caramel and vanilla. To compliment the already rich flavors of this beer, we’ve added cacao nibs and fresh vanilla beans to give this beer the delicate flavor of white chocolate…hence the name.
Earlier we reported that the alcohol by volume of this beer was 16.6% (as stated on the brewery’s website.) The future release of this beer will be 13.8%, allowing most states to sell it.
The Bruery White Chocolate will be available in 750 milliliter bottles to the brewery’s Society members on February 6th. The first day the general public can buy this beer will be Valentine’s Day 2017.
Style: Wheatwine (w/ Vanilla Beans, Cacao Nibs, Barrel Aged. Bourbon)
Availability: 750ml bottles
Updated Distribution: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NJ, NV, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, RI, TX, VT, VA, WA, WI
Latest Return: 2/14/17
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Ed Note: Corrected mention of “White Oak Sap” as it has never been released publicly. ABV was also updated.