The Bruery Chocolate Rain will be available for public purchase for the first time in March.
One of the holy mothers of dessert beer in America started with a single cask at the first Black Tuesday release in 2009. Demand was instant, and The Bruery Chocolate Rain was finally bottled in 2011. The only downside to this beer? Only available to The Bruery Reserve Society members.
This March, it will Chocolate Rain for all. The base imperial stout features TCHO cacao nibs, and fresh vanilla beans. To top it all off, it’s huge. 19.6% alcohol by volume huge.
Rich in chocolate, vanilla, oak and bourbon, it truly puts the “imperial” in imperial stout.
On March, 24th, here’s how you get it.
- Ship in California. Buying online from TheBrueryStore.com, and shipping throughout Cali. The first 500 orders get special TCHO Chocolate.
- Tasting Room purchase. First come, First Serve on March 24th.
- Society Members and Preservation Society members have their own climate controlled storage for all releases throughout the year.
Again, 2017 marks the first time The Bruery Chocolate Rain will be available for public purchase, outside of society memberships.
Poncha Springs, Colorado based Elevation Beer Company has purchased a canning line, and will be releasing their first cans this summer.
The first releases fans can expect are Wave Wheel Wit, 8 Second Kolsch, First Cast IPA, and Little Mo’ Porter.
Elevation Beer Company opened their doors in May, 2012. To date, their lineup can be found in 12 ounce bottles, 750 milliliter bottles and draft.
Carolina Bauernhaus Source Series Opuntia is on deck from the Anderson, South Carolina sour and wild brewery.
In case the word “opuntia” brings you pause, it is actually the fruit of the prickly pear cactus. Brewery co-founder David Thorton is also the co-founder of SouthYeast Labs, what we call a “genus braintrust” of wild yeast wranglers. Carolina Bauernhaus’ house Lactobacillus bacteria was isolated by SouthYeast Labs from locally grown opuntia fruit.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, the brewery released “Muriel” featuring local muscadines.
This is our native fermented rye saison brewed with North Carolina grown heirloom Wrens Abruzzi rye malt and pilsner malt. The souring bacteria used in the beer is a strain of Lactobacillus isolated by SouthYeast Labs from opuntia fruit in La France, South Carolina. The beer was aged for 6 months in Cabernet barrels on the same opuntia fruit.
Carolina Bauernhaus Source Series Oputia will be available in 750 milliliter bottles at the brewery starting March 4th.
Image: Carolina Bauernhaus
One of America’s strongest imperial stouts Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, will be a bit different when it rolls around again in 2017. As summer winds down, you’ll be sipping on Dogfish Head Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout.
November, as the weather is getting colder, Dogfish Head unleashes World Wide, an imperial stout that usually ranges from 15% to 20% alcohol by volume. The beast has been making a seasonal appearance (almost every year) since 1999. From an off-centered bunch like Dogfish Head, perhaps a change is in order.
Dogfish Head Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout will be available in August. The dark and roasty sipping beer will be aged in oak with vanilla beans.
We took our World Wide Stout and aged it in our giant oak tanks, alongside some Madagascar vanilla beans. Drooling? ‘Cause we are.
Expect bottles and draft of Dogfish Head Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout to be available a little earlier in 2017, around August.
Redd’s Raspberry Ale will available in March, part of brand’s “Limited Pick” series.
MillerCoors started this fruit-forward family of beers with Redd’s Apple Ale in 2013. The apple heavy beverage is brewed like a beer, but in all honesty, tastes a bit more like hard cider. Important to note – this fruit beer is not gluten-free.
Redd’s Raspberry Ale is the next fruit of choice for line. The limited edition flavor boasts sweet flavors of raspberry, and hints of apple. Expect this release in 12 ounce bottles, and 16 ounce cans.
Spring will bring Abita To-Gose to the French Quarter. (As well as everywhere else you can find Abita.)
In 2017, expect to see the Louisiana based brewery release a not only fresh takes on some of their most well-known beers, but also debuting a few new styles. Abita To-Gose the gose seen above being one of them. The brewery has introduced fresh key limes into a German-style gose. The result – a sour ale with a touch of salt and citrus.
In New Orleans, go-cups mean the fun (and the beer) doesn’t always stay inside the bar. To-Gose is Abita’s refreshing take on traditional Gose beer, brewed with malted wheat and barley, sea salt, coriander and German Perle hops. Fresh key limes added during aging create a sour ale with a kick of citrus, spice, and salt.
According to the brewery, Abita To-Gose should be available around May, 2017, in 12 ounce bottles and draft.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: Spring, 2017
Expect Jailhouse Brewing The Badge in March. The Hampton, Georgia based brewery is adding a second canned offering.
The Badge actually started with The Jury, Jailhouse’s imperial pilsner. The brewing team was trying to grow enough yeast to make the pilsner, and for fun, created a hoppy lager. The result was dubbed The Badge and became a crowd favorite from day one.
On release day, Jailhouse gave away free six-packs to licensed public safely officials as a way of saying thank you.
In March, The Badge will go into full production for the first time.
Badge tickles all the senses with complex aromas and flavors but if you’re not looking to tear it down into individual layers you’ll find its’ juicy, fruity, hop aromas and hint of lager-crisp cleanliness pleasing to the pallet. Unlike having cuffs slapped on your taste buds from a lockdown of flavors in some India-style beers, Badge leaves your senses alert and in.
Jailhouse Brewing The Badge will be available on draft, and 12 ounce cans sometime in March.
Style: Hoppy Lager
Hops: Galaxy, Huell Melon, Saphir
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: March, 2017
5.5% ABV, 40 IBUs