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Posted in Don't Miss This, The Rare Barrel, Wicked Weed Brewing Co

Wicked Weed Happy Blending, a collab with The Rare Barrel date set

Wicked Weed Happy Blending

Wicked Weed Happy Blending, a collaboration with California based The Rare Barrel, is set to debut in February.

The Asheville based brewery has put together some pretty killer collaborations recently. In 2016,  it was Juiceless, a hoppy collab with Creature Comforts, which was followed by a wild/sour ale brewed with Switzerland’s Trois Dames. Fans also lusted over Red Atrial, a raspberry filled blend with Jester King.

Wicked Weed Happy Blending is the latest collaboration release, created with California’s The Rare Barrel. Both breweries are very well known for their barrel-aged sours. This release will be no different. Cellermen from each of the breweries travelled to the other’s home base and hand selected their favorite barrels. The chosen barrels were then combined with 3 pounds per gallon of nectarines and plums.

This collaboration is the brainchild of blenders from both Wicked Weed and The Rare Barrel breweries. Cellarmen travelled to one another’s breweries to select their favorite barrels from the others’ collection. They then combined the beer from these barrels with 3 lbs per gallon of nectarines and plums. This combination formed the perfect balance of character and flavor to represent each respective barrel house.

Wicked Weed Happy Blending will be a 500 milliliter bottle at the brewery on February 17th.

Style: American Wild/Sour Ale (w/ Nectarines, Plums.)
Availability: 500ml Bottles
Debut: 2/17/17

6.6% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Belgium

Hoppy taste explosion. New Belgium Whizbang joins spring seasonals

New Belgium Whizbang

New Belgium Whizbang joins the Colorado/North Carolina powerhouse brewery’s lineup this month.

In case you missed the trend, New Belgium loves seasonals. So much so that new seasonals on average only stick around for 2 to 3 years. It’s not spring yet, but spring seasonals don’t pay attention to temperatures.

Billed as a “sessionable spring alternative”, New Belgium Whizbang is a hoppy blonde ale brewed with a heavy dose of Mosaic hops.

“Whizbang offers a blast of hops, thus the name, yet it’s still crisp and quaffable, It’s hoppy complexity and balanced drinkability makes it a great go-to beer for the late winter and early spring season.” – Bryan Simpson, media relations director for New Belgium.

New Belgium Whizbang, aka a “full flavored taste explosion”, is a 12 ounce bottle and draft offering from January to March, 2017.

Style: Blonde Ale
Hops: Nugget, Simcoe, UK Admiral, Mosaic, Centennial
Malts: Pale, Caramel 80, and Munich

Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Jan-March
Debut: January, 2017

 5.7% ABV

Posted in Coming Soon, Don't Miss This, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Hi Wire Brewing, Holy City Brewing, NOLA Brewing

More amazing artwork from Hi-Wire Brewing in new 12 pack

Hi-Wire Collaboration Pack

Asheville, North Carolina’s Hi-Wire Brewing has been absolutely killing it with the artwork. Don’t believe us? See Hi-Wire 10W-40 Imperial Stout. Coming in February is some more awesome artwork, found in the Hi-Wire Collaboration 12-Pack. If you’ve ever used a can of spray paint, or stepped foot in the paint section of a hardware store, you’ll find something familiar with this branding.

It has been a while since Hi-Wire has been able to collaborate with other breweries, thanks to the time it has taken to get settled in with their new production facility. When time opened up on the production schedule, they opted to go big.

The mixed pack features Hi-Wire teamed up with NOLA Brewing, Holy City Brewing (Charleston, SC), and Hardywood Park Craft Brewery (Richmond, VA), each creating three unique beers.

NOLA Brewing’s collaboration, Pimm’s Berliner Weisse, is based on the New Orlean’s favorite Pimm’s Cup drink. A Berliner Weisse brewed with juniper berries, orange peel, and cucumber. 4.2% ABV

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and Hi-Wire created Oatmeal Brown Ale, brewed with honey and black currants, 5% ABV.

Holy City co-owner Jeff Moreadith is a lover of lighter beers, as well as an Asheville resident. Together, they created Carolina Coastal Black Rye Lager using Seashore Black Rye, a malt grown outside Charleston, South Carolina.

The 12-pack will be rounded out with Hi-Wire’s flagship beers: Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPAHi-Wire Lager, and Hi-Wire Gose.

Look for Hi-Wire Collaboration 12-pack throughout the brewery’s entire distribution footprint in mid-February, 2017.

Posted in Don't Miss This, Flying Dog Brewing, New Releases

Beer & Civil War history meet in Flying Dog Dragon Lady

Flying Dog Dragon Lady

Flying Dog Dragon Lady American Saison debuts this month. A follow-up to another recent “historical” collaboration.

Last year, the Frederick, Maryland based brewery debuted Saw Bones, a beer inspired by the American Civil War.  The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is located in Flying Dog’s hometown – with an amazing story to tell.

Frederick, Maryland is right on the Mason-Dixon Line. During the very bloody war (over 600,000 died) both the Union and the Confederacy marched through the town during the Maryland campaigns. Ultimately, the town became home to several hospitals. The first release, Saw Bones, was an homage to the horrific amputations that frequently occurred during the war.

In this sequel, Flying Dog Dragon Lady honors the work of Dorothea “Dragon Lady” Dix. During the war, she served as the Superintendent of Nurses in the Union army. She was described as being fierce, compassionate, and stubborn; while working tireless to improve the welfare of the patients around her. After the war broke out in 1861, Dix convinced the army to create the first female nursing corps. She was very strict (it IS wartime), earning her the “dragon lady” moniker.

As for Flying Dog Dragon Lady, the base beer is a saison, brewed with wintergreen. The scrub has been used in medicine thanks to its “antirheumatic, antispasmodic, antiseptic and carminative properties”, as well as its ability to kill pain.

Flying Dog Dragon Lady will be available in 12 ounce bottles at both the brewery, and select northern Virginia locations.

Style: Saison (w/ Wintergreen)
Availability: 12oz Bottles. Limited.
Debut: January, 2017

5.4% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Releases, Rogue Brewing

Candy bar in a bottle: Rogue Hazelutely Choctabulous

Rogue Hazeluteley Choctabulous

Thank the local Oregonian fans for this beer. Rogue Hazelutely Choctabulous is headed your way in the near future.

If you’ve never tried blending your own beers at home, or wherever you’re drinking, it can be fun. Or a disaster. Fans drinking at Rogue Brewing basically designed this blend of their own, the brewery took notice. Taking Chocolate Stout and blending it with Hazelnut Brown Nectar, the resulting blended beer is abit like a candy bar. Or a lot.

How did it come out? Dessert beer. A freaking delicious bottle of beer candy. Hazelnut Brown Nectar and Chocolate Stout are great beers on their own, but in this bottle, the result is truly greater than the sum of their parts. The flavors blend perfectly into a real treat of a beer that’s not too sweet, or too heavy. We ‘Hazelutely’ believe there is no reason to share this beer.

For years, our hardest core local fans have been drinking a blend of Chocolate Stout and Hazelnut Brown Nectar, they say it takes like a chocolate candy bar. we have taken these two absolutely fabulous beers and fused them together to create Rogue Hazelutley Choctabulous, dark and decadent with a rich nutty flavor up front followed by a chocolate truffle finish. We’re thrilled to share our little secret with the world.

Rogue Hazelutely Choctabulous is available for the first time in 22 ounce bottle release, hitting shelves nationally.

Style: Stout (w/ Hazelnut, Chocolate.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: January, 2017.

5.7% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Releases, Sierra Nevada

Touch of citrus makes Sierra Nevada Sidecar Orange Pale Ale

Sierra Nevada Sidecar Orange Pale Ale bottle

Sierra Nevada Sidecar Orange Pale Ale is now one of two new beers in the brewery’s portfolio in 2017.

The India pale ale has dominated the style category in sales for years. One of the fastest movers in the IPA family has been the fruited variety. The same goes for pale ales. Sierra Nevada has taken notice of this trend, and is ready to release their own fruited spins on some of their iconic beers.

Sierra Nevada Sidecar Orange Pale Ale is stepping up to the plate – brewed with citrus-heavy hops and orange peel. A citrus-y take on the brewery’s iconic pale ale.

The name accurately describes what you are in for in this new release. The best description – imagine Pale Ale (what you should have had by now), with a more pronounced orange and citrus flavor. A fresh take on a classic.

Adding tangy orange to the classic style we pioneered didn’t come natural to us. Our brewers argued over the perfect blend of bold hops and orange peel to create the best flavor and crisp, citrus bite. The result is a hop-forward beer that can stand alongside Pale Ale as a craft beer classic.

Sierra Nevada Sidecar Orange Pale Ale is a 12 ounce bottle and draft release.

Style: Pale Ale (w/ Orange Peel.)
Availability: 12oz Bottle, Draft.
Debut: January, 2017

5.3% ABV

Image: Beer Street Journal 

Posted in 21st Amendment Brewing, Don't Miss This

More Fruit: 21st Amendment Brew Free or Die Blood Orange IPA set for March

21st Amendment Brew Free or Die Blood Orange IPA

21st Amendment Brew Free or Die Blood Orange IPA. The name pretty much speaks for itself.

Fruited India pale ales are very much on fire. Consumers have voted with their dollar- they love citrusy IPAs. That’s why Brew Free or Die Blood Orange IPA, a variant of their year-round beer, will soon be in cans.

“We’re using the same fruit-infusion technique that we’ve mastered with Watermelon Wheat, but this time we’re introducing a brand new refreshing recipe made with fresh blood oranges that will be a perfect IPA to enjoy year-round. The citrus of the blood orange compliments the hops quite perfectly.” – Shaun O’Sullivan, Brewmaster & Co-Founder

Assuming the base recipe is the same, this IPA features Columbus, Cascade, and Centennial hops, plus some “serious west coast attitude.” Plus blood orange of course.

21st Amendment Brew Free or Die Blood Orange IPA will be a 12 ounce can and draft release, starting in March, 2017.

Style: IPA (w/ Blood Orange)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: March, 2017

7% ABV