Creature Comforts (Athens, GA) has debut their first can designs. The brewery, which opened earlier this summer, has had their sights on canning since their inception.
Creature Comforts will debut both in 12oz can sizes. This week, the brewery also debuted an new limited draft offering, Tritonia Cucumber & Lime Gose.
Baxter Brewing (Lewiston, ME) will release a new hoppy canned offering this November – Bootleg Fireworks.
The brewery says this beer is intentionally a bit off balanced. It makes sense too, as the beer features 8 different hops, and 4 different dry hops over the course of 2 weeks. The malts are as light as possible to the chunks of hops added to this beer shine.
Baxter Bootleg Fireworks will launch in 16oz cans and draft November 17th.
Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Over 6 lbs per barrel
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Limited release.
Wicked Weed Brewing (Asheville, NC) will release a new, American wild, bourbon barrel aged, imperial stout this fall – Dark Arts. This monstrous beer will be a once a year release going forward. Dark Arts is brewed right up to the North Carolina alcohol cap of 15%.
A bourbon barrel aged imperial stout of such a high alcohol content can be cloyingly sweet. Head of brewing operations, Walt Dickinson, uses Brettanomyces yeast to cut down on the sweetness and dry out the beer. Dark Arts was brewed in October of 2013, and racked to bourbon barrels for nearly a year. Above, Walt pulls the nail on one of the Dark Arts barrels for Beer Street Journal back in August. (Lots going on in this beer.)
When you think about really good spirits, they are innately dry (not sweet) and without residual sugar,” adds Walt, Head of Brewing Operations. “Barrel aged stouts can be cloyingly sweet, but because we use brett, Dark Arts is a dry beer. Any residual sugar not usually consumed by traditional brewers yeast will be consumed by the brett and you won’t have to fight through too much sweetness.”
Wicked Weed Dark Arts Wild Imperial Stout will be available in 16oz bottles. The brewery will be taking online pre-orders starting October 13th. A pre-sale ticket will allow the holder to purchase up to 6 bottles, and entry into a barrel aged tap takeover on October 31st at Wicked Weed’s Funkatorium.
The duo are creating a milk stout you won’t soon forget – The Milkman.
Hardywood/Cigar City The Milkman features chocolate malts, cocoa nibs and milk sugar (make the beer creamy and smooth), finishing at a whopping 13.5% ABV.
Hardywood proudly combines forces with Cigar City Brewing of Tampa, Florida to bring you a whole new milk stout experience, Hardywood’s Milkman Chocolate Milk Stout packs a full body and palate coating viscosity. Heaps of chocolate malts and a massive addition of gourmet cocoa nibs meld with a generous dose of milk sugar to satisfy the biggest chocolate craving.
This boozy chocolate beer will release in 750ml bottles.
Back in June, Kingston, Jamaica’s Desnoes and Geddes Limited (D&G) filed a trademark for a new variant of Red Stripe – Red Stripe Ginger Zing.
Billed as Red Stripe with a “zing” of ginger, Red Stripe Ginger Zing will be available in 11.2oz bottles.
D&G Limited also exports ginger beer (the non-alcoholic kind) so a ginger infused Red Stripe isn’t a random addition.
Style: Pale Lager (w/ Ginger)
Availability: 11.2oz Bottles
Lucky Town Brewing (Jackson, MS) will launch Pub Ale alongside Ballistic Blonde in cans in November, 2014.
Lucky Town Pub Ale is an English-style mild ale, designed to be a flavorful session beer.
Lucky Town Pub Ale was added to our lineup in August 2013 as our first session ale, which offers a lower ABV and great taste that pairs so well with Mississippi outdoor activities.”
Lucky Town Pub Ale will be available in 12oz/6, and draft year round.
Style: English Style Mild Ale
Malts: American 2-Row, Caramel
Availability: Draft (Current) Cans (November, 2014)
3.8% ABV, 17 IBUS
Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, MI) will launch Big Lushious, a chocolate raspberry stout, in December. This will be the 11th release in their coveted Backstage Series.
The stout is just shy of imperial status at 7.8% ABV, “kissed” with a touch of tart raspberries and chocolate. The brewery wanted to finish the year was a decadent dessert style offering to share with family and friends.
“We thought Big Lushious would make a great release for the holidays,” said Co-Founder and Vice President of Brand & Education Dave Engbers. “It’s a luxurious beer for us. It’s meant for bringing to parties and is perfect for sharing with friends and family after a feast.”
Founders Big Lushious will debut in 750ml bottles, for a suggested retail price of $16.99. Expect Big Lushious in stores around December 1st, as it wraps up the series for 2014.