A little something to drool over, especially if you are a fan of barrel aged beers. Weyerbacher Brewing (Easton, PA) Rhumpshaka.
The brewery took an 11% abv beer brewed with mostly pilsner malt and a touch of oats, and aged it for 9 months in 12 year old rum barrels. (Some date back to 1982.)
The resulting beer is unfiltered and has a profound boozy character. Huge coconut and passionfruit-like aromas fill your nose. The heat from the rum is immediately apparent and blends well with the vanilla and coconut flavors, which linger on your palate. It’s a sweeter finish with tannic notes commensurate with extended barrel aging.
“Rhum” is the old world way of spelling rum. Production is limited to 90 cases of 750ml bottles.
Style: American Strong Ale (Barrel Aged. Rum)
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Arrival: April, 2014
Avery Brewing’s barrel aged wild ale series looks like to have a busy 2014. The 18th offering Opuntia, has just been released. Right on its heels is #19 Rufus Corvus, a blend of orphan barrels from the brewery.
Meet #20, Obscuro & Nimbasus, a “tropical” sour ale. This release is a rum barrel aged wild ale brewed with ginger and key lime. The rum barrels are sourced from Bermuda.
For Edward Bulwer-Lyton. And Snoopy. Especially Snoopy. Oh, and certain fabled rum distillery in Bermuda!! Thanks dudes!! A brilliant tropical sour aged in “the” appropriate rum barrels for a more authentic experience.
Avery’s barrel aged beers are package in 12oz bottles, and released at the brewery.
Read More: Avery Barrel Aged Series
While craft breweries are popping up across the U.S., some breweries have been doing this for 30 years. Widmer Brothers Brewing (Portland, OR) has been at it for three decades, setting new standards for craft beer in the world. A series of collaborations is planned to mark the occasion, like this new saison.
Widmer Brothers Saison à Fleurs is brewed with Portland’s Breakside Brewery. The farmhouse style ale features chrysanthemum, jasmine, and Szechuan peppercorns.
Inspired by the vibrant late spring and early summer seasons, Saison Fieurs Is a lively farmhouse style ale brewed with Chrysanthemum, Jasmine and Szechuan Peppercorn. A collaboration between Portland’s Breakside Brewery and Widmer Brothers Brewing, Salson a Fieurs Is a unique take on a traditional farmhouse style, marrying rich floral and tropical notes and white pepper yeast character with distinctive spice flavors of the Far East.
Widmer Brothers Saison a Fleurs will be available in 22oz bottles across currently serviced markets.
if you read the description of DuClaw Brewing’s Dirty Little Freak, you should be thinking Girl Scout cookie time. The beer sounds as decadent as Sweet Baby Jesus Peanut Butter Porter. Dirty Little Freak features flavors of coconut, caramel, and chocolate.
A dominant blend of roasted malt, coconut, caramel, and chocolate essences, barely restrained by a gentle hop bite, that tantalizes your senses all the way through to a satisfying finish. Submit to indulgence and be warned…
Style: Porter (w/ Vanilla Beans)
Availability: 12oz Bottles
The 2014 lineup is a lot like 2013, with just a couple of changes. Yuletide’s style will change this year (TBA) plus the third release in the Plank Project.
The Plank Project features beers that showcase special wood aging treatments. (Like wood treated with heat.) Plank III will arrive in July, a Belgian-style Ale aged on Jamaican Allspice wood.
Our newest addition to our Plank Series, the Belgian-style ale is aged over Jamaican Allspice wood to lend bold and spicy flavor to a robust yet drinkable beer.
Look for Plank III in 22oz bombers and limited draft this summer.
Plank 1- English Strong Ale, aged on poplar oak
Plank 2 – Dopplebock, aged on poplar & eucalyptus
Coming soon to Monday Night Brewing’s (Atlanta, GA) 12oz bottle lineup is this nerdy beer, Nerd Alert Pseudo Pilsner. Pseudo? The Monday Night brew crew describes this a pilsner-y ale. Read on and get nerdy.
Technically speaking, Nerd Alert is an ale. And if you want to get reeealIlly technical, we fermented this beer with ale yeast at low temperatures to achieve an incredibly clean flavor. However, if you bring up this knowledge in normal circles, you will, in fact, be labeled a nerd. So just enjoy the straw-blond appearance (Like the hair of the girl the nerd could never get) and the crisp, safe essence (like the nerd’s comic book room).
Nerd Alert will join Drafty Kit, Eye Patch IPA, and FuMan Brew in 12oz bottles.
Hops: Hallertau, Willamette
Malts: Munich, Pilsner
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft
READ MORE: Monday Night Brewing
Epic Brewing will join in the trend of craft brewers beginning to can this summer. The Denver location is in the process of setting up a canning line.
The first 12oz can offerings will be Escape to Colorado IPA and Hop Syndrome Lager.
The PakTech six packs will be distributed nationally this summer.
READ MORE: Canned Craft Beer News