Epic Sour Brainless on Peaches returns again in May, 2017, marking the third release of this beer.
When Epic built their Denver, Colorado brewery in 2013, the sour program took a major step forward with the addition of three 60 hectoliter oak foeders (seen below). In 2014, some Brainless on Peaches casks got funked up by some errant wild yeast, and was so tasty, that Epic Sour Brainless on Peaches ended up launching the program. As of early 2017, the brewery now has 14 foeders.
Epic Sour Brainless on Peaches begins with one foeder filled with the souring bacteria, Lactobacillus, another with Brettanomyces. Scared to death of Pediococcus (aka “The Devil”), Epic filled wine casks with the Pedio and left the third foeder for blending.
The Final Blend.
Epic Sour Brainless on Peaches is a blend of the Brett and Lacto foeders, and all the Pediococcus wine casks that were blended into neutral oak white wine casks. The brewery’s new found love of Pediococcus eventually led them to finally funk up that third foeder with “The Devil”. Epic laments – this is the most sour edition of this beer to date.
Epic Brainless on Peaches Batch #3 is available in 375 milliliter bottles.
Carolina Bauernhaus Mulleficent, collaboration with nearby Brewery 85, debuts on April 1st.
The base beer is a golden sour ale fermented in oak, and blended with 800 pounds of Upstate South Carolina apples. Organic ginger, cinnamon and clove were also added, giving Carolina Bauernhaus Mulleficent mulled cider taste.
This bright golden has hints of apple skins and a bright tartness that finishes with a refreshing dryness and a subtle hint of spice.
Carolina Bauernhaus Mulleficent will be available in 750 mililiter bottles when the brewery opens on April 1st.
A beer that might have you dreaming of warmer temperatures. Victory Homegrown American Lager is on deck by the Pennsylvania based brewery.
Using American whole cone hops, the brewery touts this future lager at “distinctly resinous”. Victory may lean towards German whole flower hops like Hallertau, and European styles like pilsner and radler, Homegrown New American Lager features Yakima, Washington grown hops. Brewed just outside the birthplace of America – Philadelphia. Seems pretty “homegrown” to us.
All-American hop aromatics-dank aroma. Dry-hopped aggressively. Full flavor, but dry finish. Clean VBC lager profile.
Victory Homegrown New American Lager is slated to be a draft, 12 ounce can, and bottle release. The brewery has not yet announced this beer.
Availability: 12oz Cans, 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Carolina Bauernhaus Strawberry Farmhouse Ale debuts on Saturday, March 18th.
The rye malt based American wild ale was fermented in Pinot Noir barrels using the house mixed culture. (Comprised of all that SouthYeast Labs goodness.) Then fresh strawberries were blended in, and the beer and aged for a full 10 months in the barrels.
We recently tried this on draft at the brewery, and were blown away. If you love fresh strawberries in a nice tart sour ale, you’ve found your beer. The strawberries taste the juiciest on the vine, with a touch of red wine in the finish. 40% of our tab was spent just on this beer.
Our dark saison was brewed using regional rye malt, then fermented & aged in Pinot Noir barrels with our native yeast blend. Over two pounds of locally harvested strawberries were blended in & the ale aged for 10 months in the barrels. This rustic saison has a huge strawberry nose and flavor notes underscored by an earthy rye spice.
Carolina Bauernhaus Strawberry Farmhouse Ale will be available in 750 milliliter bottles when the brewery opens on Saturday, March 18th.
Oskar Blues She’Boogie Bop, a beer brewed entirely by women, debuts this month.
Oskar Blues brewer Diana Locatelli, brewers assistant Lauren Laquerre, along with Kristin Hubbard, and Sara Laurienti from the cellar created the beer. The base is a cream ale, serenaded by the sweet sounds of Prince, with vanilla beans and lavender added post fermentation.
“It’s pretty obvious that the production-side of brewing is male-dominated. I think ladies-only day was a rad way to celebrate being brew chicks. We had a lot of fun making SHE’Boogie Bop.” Using their collective beer prowess to rock the Lyons brewbarn, they created a beer that’s crisp and slightly sweet, with herbal notes from the lavender. – Diana Locatelli, Oskar Blues brewer
Oskar Blues She’Boogie Bop will be available on draft only starting March 13th at the brewery’s Colorado locations and restaurant locations.
Richmond, Virgina’s The Veil Brewing is nearing their one year anniversary. Their cans have become beer lover gold. Soon, the brewery will be bottling as well.
Over the past year, co-founder Matt Tarpey and crew have been building a strong brand in Richmond’s “Scott’s Addition” area. The lines are out the door for can releases on Tuesdays. Destined not to rest on some pretty pretty dank IPAs, the brewery has been building a sour program. A wooden room above the tap room holds a coolship, and a few blocks over, barrels and barrels of sour beer are funking away, waiting for the big time.
This week, the brewery received their first shipment of bottles. A hint that sour beers are on the way to the public? We think so.
Image: The Veil Brewing
Funky Buddha Muy Bonita is back in action in March.
A big sister to the Oakland Park, Florida based brewery’s Bonita Applebum Apple Pie Brown (note the allusion to A Tribe Called Quest), Funky Buddha Muy Bonita is anything but small. The imperial brown ale is brewed with apple, cinnamon, and vanilla. Definitely, the bigger, badder “bum”.
The big sister to our Bonita Applebum Apple Pie Brown, Muy Bonita is a bigger, badder ‘bum. This double brown ale flaunts a bodacious body and a stunning combination of real cinnamon, vanilla, and apples. So thick, she’s like a hip hop song.
Funky Buddha Muy Bonita is a part of the brewery’s Small Batch Series, with likes of Lemon Meringue Pie, and Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. Available in 22 ounce bottles for a limited time starting March 19th.
8.8% ABV, 35 IBUs
PIC: Funky Buddha