Orpheus Abandon All Hope, a barrel-aged imperial stout with vanilla beans, debuts on February 22nd.
This release is actually the fourth iteration of this stout. The road to the final release has been paved with various blends of the Atlanta brewery’s imperial stout stock, with other beers like The Ferryman, or YE Who Enter Here.
The most popular blend, and imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans, has been chosen for Abandon All Hope. The beer has been aging in a blend of bourbon barrels for 12 months, with twice the amount of vanilla as previous blends.
This beer is huge. Honestly huge is an understatement. The imperial stout is downright chewy, smells of charred oak, vanilla and molasses, drinks like dessert, and laces so well it looks like the glass will never come clean.
Abandon All Hope is an overwhelming bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. Rich notes of chocolate and oak on a pillowy blanket of vanilla come from a year spent in Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, Heaven Hill 10 year, and Jack Daniels Single Barrel Select barrels and aging on fresh vanilla beans.
Orpheus Abandon All Hope is available in 22 ounce bottles and draft. Extremely limited.
Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Vanilla Beans, Dark Candi Syrup. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Malts: 2 Row, Munich, Chocolate, Beechwood Smoked Malt, Special B, Roasted Barley, Black Patent, Honey Malt
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft. Limited Release
Half Acre Double Daisy Cutter, the bigger, boozier version of the brewery’s pale ale, debuts in cans for the first time in March.
As the name suggests, Half Acre Double Daisy Cutter, is Daisy Cutter with no boundaries. It carries all the big citrus and grass notes of the year-round pale ale, with an amplified malt presence.
Brewed quarterly, Double Daisy Cutter is a Chicago favorite. For the first time, 16 ounce cans debut, along side ‘Tuna‘ on March 3rd.
A monster version of the original Daisy Cutter Pale Ale. A heftier grain bill amps up the weight and double dry hopping insures there’s enough grit to recede your gums.
Half Acre Double Daisy Cutter was first brewed in 2010. Since then, it appears quarterly throughout the year. Available in 4-packs for $15.99 each.
Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Distribution: IL, WI, Philadelphia, NYC
Debut (Cans): 3/3/17
Martin House Acheron, the Fort Worth, Texas based brewery’s barrel-aged imperial stout, is now available in cans.
Does this beer look and sound a little death metal to you? Acheron in Ancient Greek means “River of Woe”, one of the rivers of Hades in Homer’s The Odyssey. In Dante’s Inferno, the Acheron river forms the border of Hell. Like we said… metal.
Martin House Acheron dark, burly, and boozy. The 12% alcohol by volume imperial stout is unblended, aged six months in whiskey barrels. The brewery finished it with a touch of brown sugar, balancing the bitterness and increasing the ABV.
…this 12% abv stout will satiate your sinuous desires for something bold, burly, boozy, and barbarous.
Martin House Acheron is available in 12 ounce cans, in 2-packs. Think of it as two extra ounces when compared to the traditional 22 ounce bomber.
PIC: Martin House Brewing
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
Morganton, North Carolina based Catawba Brewing will be adding Georgia distribution in March. The brewery has signed a distribution deal with United Distributors.
Catawba has always had the goal of becoming a regional brewery, they have just needed the time to build up production. Over the past year, the brewery has added 11 new wholesalers across North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee. Catawba’s lineup can be found statewide in all those markets.
As for Georgia, resident drinkers can expect White Zombie, the brewery’s year-round white ale in grocery stores in March. On premise accounts (bars, etc) can pick up Catawba’s lineup by summer, 2017.
Additionally, the brewery is adding dedicated sales representatives in all five markets this year.
Catawba Brewing was started by Billy Pyatt in 1999. The brewery boasts a 30 barrel Sprinkman brewhouse in downtown Morganton, plus a 7 barrel brewhouse in downtown Asheville.
Left Hand Brewing made headlines a few years ago when they debuted their milk stout in bottles. At the time they were the first craft brewery to transition to nitro packaging. With the addition of cans to their lineup, many fans thought the lack of milk stout was an oversight. Not anymore Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro cans will debut this year.
One of the most recognizable milk stouts in the world is finally getting the can treatment. The smooth and creamy (and chocolatey) milk stout will soon go everywhere you go, with no glass limitations. The best part of this news? These babies are a full 16 ounces.
While a glass is always recommended for the perfect pint, especially when you #PourHard a Nitro bottle, cans bring a greater drinking versatility, and bring Milk Stout Nitro to your lips with the crack of a can.
Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro cans will be available across the brewery’s 40 state reach later this year.
Coffee meets chocolate meets peanut butter. DuClaw Sweet Baby Java is ready for the big time.
To date, the Maryland based brewery already has two peanut butter beers in their arsenal. The first – Sweet Baby Jesus!a, a chocolate peanut butter porter. Sweet BJ’s success opened the door for an even stronger brew peanut butter concoction, For Pete’s Sake. Both are a dream for peanut butter lovers. This spring, look for DuClaw Sweet Baby Java.
A few years ago, brewery founder Dave Benfield was at a beer event where Sweet Baby Jesus! was run through a Randall (think of it like a French Press of sorts) filled with coffee beans. The discovery he saids – was awesome.
The roasty flavor of coffee, peanut butter, and chocolate blended perfectly. We quickly kicked a half barrel. Since then we’ve regularly paired coffee with Sweet Baby at DuClaw events.”
Since that day, the brewery has been experimenting with various methods of infusing coffee in order to bring this beer into full production. A few dozen batches later, DuClaw Sweet Baby Java was ready for the big time.
Look for Sweet Baby in 12 ounce bottles and draft through spring, 2017.
Image: DuClaw Brewing