Founders Azacca, a single hopped India pale ale and seasonal offering by the Grand Rapids, Michigan brewery will be canned in the near future.
The Azacca hop originated in Washington state. In the case of Founders Azacca IPA, Yakima-based Roy Farms. It’s a very tropical (citrus/mango) flavored hop, that recently has become quite popular in the brewing community. The beer first appeared as a seasonal release in early 2016.
Named after the Haitian god of agriculture, the azacca hop has an intense tropical aroma with hints of citrus and mango. A touch of caramel malt gives a sweet backbone to support the righteous fruit character of this beer. Pouring a burnt orange color and registering at 7% ABV, your taste buds will worship the heavenly, hopped delight.
Founders Azacca India Pale Ale was last available seasonally until March of this year. The brewery has not yet announced the can release date.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. 12oz Cans (TBA)
Columbia, South Carolina’s River Rat Brewery will debut cans in September. Among the first releases will be American Kolsch Story, already available in bottles.
Above, the brewery teased a little bit of the can artwork. (It’s not much. Yet.) The re-branded bottle art can be seen below.
This ColaTown Kölsch-Style Ale is great on a hot summer day. Get up, go mow the lawn, and then relax with a River Rat Kölsch-Style Ale.
The first can releases will be 12 ounce package size.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft (Current)
Debut (Cans): September, 2016
More to follow… Image: River Rat Brewery
A winter sibling to the ever-changing Fluxus release, Allagash Hibernal Fluxus 2016 is on the horizon.
For the winter season Allagash Hibernal Fluxus 2016 will start a new tradition beginning with this Belgian-style stout brewed with figs.
The taste of Hibernal Fluxus straddles the rift between roasty and sweet with notes of bitter baking chocolate, espresso, biscuit mall, and mocha a chewv creamy inauguration of a new tradition.
Allagash Hibernal Fluxus 2016 will be a 750 milliliter bottle release. A portion of the proceeds from Fluxus will go to local groups helping Maine families keep their heat on during the winter.
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Good People SMASH Pale Ale might see packaging in the near future.
You might see the term “SMASH” running around the beer world lately. It means Single Malt and Single Hop. Essentially, the brewery chooses one of each in order to create a unique pale ale, IPA, etc.
It would appear the brewery will unveil a series of SMASH beers in new packaging. The Birmingham, Alabama based brewery has released various versions of single hop, single malt pale ales on draft in the past.
This light bodied brew marries a hint of hops with a whisker of tartness for a subtle citrus flavor. Silky smooth and refreshing, it’s the perfect beer.
Good People SMASH Pale Ale will be a 12 ounce can offering. The brewery has not yet announced this series.
Style: Pale Ale
Availability: 12oz Cans
Creature Comforts Athena Paradiso with Passionfruit and Guava is the next iteration in the “Athena” lineup.
The brewery launched with Athena, a kettle soured wheat beer, aka berliner weisse a few years ago. In February, 2016 the Athens, Georgia based brewery released the first canned Athena Paradiso, brewed with tart cherry, raspberry, and cranberry. Creature Comforts tells Beer Street Journal that it was the most expensive recipe they’ve ever made.
In August, Creature Comforts Athena Paradiso with Passionfruit and Guava will join the seasonal lineup.
“Athena Paradiso is a beautifully refreshing beer. The passion fruit and guava flavors transport you to a tropical paradise during these hot summer months.” – David Stein, Co-founder & head brewer
Creature Comforts Athena Paradiso with Passionfruit and Guava will be an extremely limited release in 12 ounce cans and draft. Note, the can will sport the same red Paradiso branding as the February release.
The brewery will host a can release tour at the brewery in Athens on August 26th. Cans hit the market in both Athens and Atlanta that week.
Anchor Dry-Hopped Steam Beer is on the horizon from one of America’s oldest craft breweries.
The base beer for Anchor Dry-Hopped Steam Beer is Anchor Steam, for which the brewery is most well known for. The San Francisco based business has touted Anchor Steam since 1896, and is the only brewery allowed to call the style “Steam Beer.” Anchor trademarked the name in 1981. You’ll find it called California common elsewhere. Steam/Cali Common is brewed by fermenting lager yeast at warmer temperatures.
In a world full of hop choices, the brewery is giving the beer a bit of a new spin by dry-hopping this release; the final result having a stronger hop aroma then you’ve ever known from the classic Anchor Steam Beer.
San Franciso’s famous Anchor Steam brand beer is unique, for our brewing process has evolved over many decades and is like no other in the world. To give this classic brew a radically different traditional twist, we created Anchor Dry-Hopped Steam Beer. Made with its now special recipe, this brew is dry-hopped with a blend of new and traditional hops. The result weds the rich maltiness of Anchor Steam with the alluring fragrant happiness of our ales.
Anchor Steam brand derives its unusual name from he 19th century when “steam” seems to have been a nickname for beer brewed on the West Coast of America under primitive conditions and without ice. The word “steam” may have referred to the pressure of natural carbonation developing in the beers. Today the brewing methods of those days are a mystery, and for many decades Anchor alone has used the quant name “steam” for its unique beer.
Anchor Dry-Hopped Steam Beer will debut in September in 12 ounce bottles and draft, through December, 2016.
Style: Steam Beer
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Sept – Dec.
Wicked Weed White Angel, the third release in the brewery’s Angels Series will return again in late August. Online pre-sales of this release take place again on August 14th, 12 pm (EST). This series edition is aged in wine barrels with locally grown wild muscadine and Scuppernong grapes.
WHITE ANGEL is an American Sour Ale blended with two pounds per gallon of locally harvested Muscadine and Scuppernong grapes and aged in white wine barrels. After eight months, another pound per gallon of Amarillo wine must is blended in stainless steel tanks for 2 months. A total of 2.5 tons of fruit and 10 total months of maturation later we give you White Angel.
Brewery co-founder and head blender Walt Dickinson tells Beer Street Journal that the 2016 edition really exceeded his expectations. The grapes really pop, making this one hard to put down.
Wicked Weed White Angel is a 500 milliliter bottle release, only at the Funkatorium in Asheville, North Carolina. Bottle pickup for the 2016 release takes place on August 27th, and 28th.
The sale this past Sunday sold out in about an hour.