Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Neopolitan Stout is potentially joining the Bourbon County Brand series this fall.
First get familiar with the term “pastry stout”. The beer industry is full of them these days. Take a simple imperial stout.- and throw in ingredients you’d find in a scone, brownie, cookie, or cake. Pastry stouts now have vanilla beans, cinnamon, cacao nibs, coconut, lactose, even breakfast cereal or movie theater candy. Not to mention aged various spirits barrels. They are basically alcoholic desserts.
Chicago’s Goose Island is home to one of the most well-known barrel-aged imperial stouts – Bourbon County. Over the years, Coffee, Vanilla, and berry editions have surfaced. Goose Island hasn’t turned a blind eye to the success of the (using this term loosely) “style” and is potentially bringing their own pastries to the table.
Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Neopolitan Stout looks to sweeten palates this fall. The imperial stout has been aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla, lactose milk sugar, strawberry puree, and chocolate. Think boozy ice cream.
No official announcement has been made by Goose Island on any of the 2018 variants.
Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Neopolitan Stout is slated for 16.9-ounce bottles and draft.
Westbrook Lemon Cucumber Gose is now available in cans for summer 2018.
The Mount Pleasant, South Carolina based brewery’s base Gose might be one of the most popular of the style in the southeast. It was first released in 2012, and once it was canned, really flew off the shelves.
That popular release gave rise to a new variant – Key Lime Pie Gose, inspired by the dessert.
Westbrook Lemon Cucumber Gose cans are now out in the wild, a beer that just screams warmer weather. Expect a tart gose with hints of lemon and cucumber, in a 12-ounce, 4% alcohol by volume package. This beer has already been available on draft in the past.
Enjoy the cool and refreshing flavors of lemon and cucumber by the pool, as the beach, in the shower, in bed, in the bathroom, in the living room, at breakfast, at lunch, at the spa, on a walk, after a run… you get the idea.
Westbrook Lemon Cucumber Gose is now on shelves throughout the brewery’s distribution network.
Monday Night Slow Churn Milkshake IPA debuts on June 22nd.
Earlier this spring, Monday Night Brewing debuted a hop-focused series (and taproom bar) at the brewery’s Trabert Street location. Coming near the end of the month is Slow Churn, a milkshake IPA.
Milkshake IPAs are as hot as the hazy ones right now, brewed with lactose milk sugar, and sometimes vanilla beans or fruit. In the case of Slow Churn, simply expect this release to be “juicy, tropical, & chewy”.
Milkshakes may bring all the boys to the yard, but Slow Churn does that for everyone. A milkshake IPA, this creamy, sweet brew is a perfect complement to summer.
Monday Night Slow Churn Milkshake IPA will be available at the brewery in 12-ounce cans and draft starting June 22nd.
Odell Cloud Catcher Milkshake IPA is set to debut later this summer.
The currently unofficial style of beer known as the “milkshake India pale ale” is basically a hazy IPA plus lactose, a milk sugar. Most milkshakes have vanilla beans and fruit also added.
Fort Collins, Colorado based Odell Brewing is slated to release Cloud Catcher Milkshake IPA this August. The hop forward, smooth IPA is purported to feature flavors of “creamsicle and peach”, although the label artwork doesn’t mention the addition of any fruit.
Our fabled Odell Cloud Catcher roams the sunset, sweeping up every stray Cumulonimbus. She has one mission: to capture the key ingredient to our hazy, smooth Milkshake IPA. Hop-forward with notes of creamsicle and peach, it delivers a citrus-like burst alongside its velvety texture. Her risk is your delicious reward.
Odell Cloud Catcher will be available in 12-ounce cans and draft in August, according to the brewery’s website.
Creature Comforts Cucumber and Lime Tritonia will return in cans for only the second time starting in late-May.
In 2017, Cucumber and Lime Tritonia cans were finally released complimenting the popular draft offering. The base tart gose is brewed with coriander and sea salt, plus a blend of fresh lime and cucumber.
Thanks to the brewery’s added capacity at their second facility in their hometown of Athens, Georgia, there will be more cans of this release headed to distribution this year.
Creature Comforts Cucumber and Lime Tritonia is one of a few “Tritonia” variants available during the year.12-ounce cans and draft will be available for a limited time starting May 21st.
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Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half, originally the third release in the brewery’s Backstage Series, returns in August.
The grumpy “Curmudgeon” on the label is best known for appearances on hiatus old ale by the same name. In February 2012, the brewery released Curmudgeon’s Better Half as a part of their Backstage Series, now known as the Barrel Aged Series.
Curmudgeon’s Better Half is the familiar old ale brewed with molasses and aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels. (Similar to Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout.) Fan demand prompted the return of this boozy treat.
Curmudgeon’s Better Half has become one of the most highly requested beers and for good reason. It’s damn good. You all have been very vocal in petitioning for its return and it would’ve been cruel for us to hold out any longer in delivering on that.
Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half will make its return in mid-August, in 750-milliliter bottles, as well as new 12-ounce bottles and draft.
Style: Old Ale (w/ Molasses. Maple Syrup Bourbon Barrel Aged.)
Availability: 750ml bottles, 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: February 2012
Latest Return: Mid August 2018
Elysian Brewing and legendary band Def Leppard have a new musically inspired beer. Def Leppard Pale Ale debuts this summer.
The band is touring with another epic band Journey this summer, starting with Hartford, Connecticut on May 21st. Seattle, Washington is no stranger to music (or beer for that matter). In honor of Def Leppard’s Sheffield, England origin, the duo created an English-style pale ale brewed with English malts, and American-grown Pacific Northwest hops.
Def Leppard Pale is what happens when a mega British rock band collides with an American craft brewery. Both fanatics of their craft, Def Leppard and Elysian are excited to blend their worlds together, music and beer.
16-ounce cans of Elysian Def Leppard Pale Ale will be available in select tour cities starting on the band’s second stop on May 23rd in Albany, New York. The can design is a tribute to the 30th Anniversary of Def Leppard’s Hysteria album, known for epic songs like “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Love Bites”.
Style: Pale Ale
Hops: Cascade, Simcoe, Chinook, Magnum
Malts: 2 Row, Munich, Carahell, Acidulated
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft
6% ABV, 27 IBUs