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Drink in a big blast of citrus in new Upslope Experimental IPA 2017

Upslope Experimental IPA 2017

Upslope Experimental IPA 2017 is now available, featuring some of America’s hottest hops right now.

For us, if you say the worlds Mosaic, Idaho 7, or Lemondrop, you have our attention. That’s exactly the hop lineup in this year’s inaugural Experimental IPA. Available now through May, the brewery is offering up an mouthful of peach, tangerine, papaya and lemon, 12 ounces at a time. This IPA is bright, just like a sunny spring day.

You might say – “Wait, I’ve seen those hops all over the place. Why is this “experimental”? That depends on a few things. Hops like Mosaic and Idaho 7 are in especially high demand – and expensive. The release of Upslope Experimental IPA 2017 affords the brewers an chance to play with newer varieties and see what you – the drinking public like. If you do as much as we do, you’ll probably see it again. Hops are expensive and let’s face it. There are ton of IPAs out there. If you release a new one, it better be good.

“This annual Experimental India Pale Ale series is our chance to show our brewing team’s commitment to innovation and the exploration of hops. This year’s inaugural batch showcases some of our favorite hops, which together, deliver a punchy combination of hop goodness for one of our favorite IPAs yet.”  Sam Scruby, Upslope head brewer

So now’s your chance to taste the experiment and see for yourself. Upslope Experimental IPA 2017 is available from April through May in 12 ounce cans.

Style: IPA
Hops: Mosaic, Idaho 7, Lemondrop

Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. April-May (One-off)
Debut: April, 2017

6.4% ABV, 65 IBUs

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Posted in Don't Miss This, Great Divide, New Releases

A bigger, bolder radler. Don’t miss Great Divide Roadie

Great Divide Roadie Radler can

Just in time for warmer weather will be Great Divide Roadie Radler, featuring the crisp flavor of grapefruit.

The brewery founder Brian Dunn is an avid cyclist. A radler, a German-style beer with it’s roots in cycling, is a perfect choice for a spring seasonal.

For years, Great Divide has been quite active in cycling, from the formation of the Great Divide Cycling Team, employees participating in the Bike MS race, and taproom donations to various biking organizations.

Great Divide Roadie Radler is a blend of fresh grapefruit purée, and a light ale. Trust us, it has some legs. Radlers are great hair of the dog beers, breakfast beers, and all day beers. The downside to the their fruity effervescence is their low ABV. So many are in the 2% to 3% range. Not only is this radler bright and fresh, it’s 4.2%. That’s more bang for your buck. We are 100% for it.

Brewed with natur al grapefruit puree, this easy-drinking ale pours a hazy sunrise gold and is bursting with citrus aroma.

12 ounce cans and draft of Roadie  are hitting shelves starting in April, 2017.

Style: Radler (w/ Grapefruit)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: April, 2017

4.2% ABV

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Posted in Bell's Brewing, Don't Miss This, New Releases

Bell’s Mars is back on shelves, inspired by Gustav Holst

Bell's Mars 2017

Bell’s Mars, part of the brewery’s “Planetary Series” is making a second appearance this month.

In 2014, Bell’s Mars was the first release in a series of beers inspired by composer Gustav Holst’s The Planets. The piece was first conceived in 1913, thanks to his interest in astrology. Mars was the first to be written, with Mercury completed in 1915. (Don’t go looking for Pluto.) The brewery released beers in order of composition. Bell’s Mars was first.

An imperial IPA was chosen to represent Mars, The Bringer of War. The dank, hop bomb was easily one of the most popular in the series.

Mars (The Bringer of War) is a Double IPA inspired by the music of Gustav Holst. An intense hopping regime imparts incredible notes of tropical fruit, citrus and pine, while Munich malt provides balance and a deep red hue.

Bell’s Mars has returned to brewery’s lineup for a limited time in April, 2017. Important to note – the brewery plans to have a little bit more stock to go around this time.

Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: 12oz Bottles
Latest Return: April, 2017

10.1% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This

With 420 cans, this is craft’s largest mixed pack

Before this week, there was the 4-pack, 6-pack, 12-pack, and the newly popular 15 pack (thanks to Founders Brewing). Let’s not forget the 18-pack, 24-pack, and if you are buying Natty Light – the 30-pack.

Then, in 2014, Austin Beer Works released the 99-pack, that required a few friends in order to get home. Well… forget about all of that. Another brewery has just gone BIG.

Meet the 420 Freedom Pack. That’s 420 cans of beer, or 17.5 cases of beer. The brewery says it takes four people to lift it. Shocking, a Colorado brewery release a 420 pack on 4/20, the state’s new favorite day?

The 420 Freedom Pack includes Declaration’s Hardtack Copper Amber Ale, Impure Penelope Armstrong IPA, and Purloined Pearl Pale Ale. If our math is correct, that is 140 cans of each. The price hasn’t been disclosed, but we estimate the cost as damn near $700 dollars. MATH: Estimating a 6-pack is $9.99 – ((9.99×4)17.5) = 699.30.

Feel like dropping some change on this beast, the 420 Freedom Pack is available at Winter Park Wine & Spirits and the Preamble Taphouse by Declaration Brewing.

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Posted in Don't Miss This, The Veil Brewing, Thimble Island Brewing Company

The Veil Brewing is serious about dessert beer with this Oreos & peanut butter release

The Veil Brewing Hornswoggler Oreos Peanut Butter

The Veil Brewing’s Hornswoggler, a chocolate milk stout brewed with an ungodly amount of Oreo cookies was ridiculous. When you poured the beer, little icing chunks flowed into your glass. Today, the brewery takes things a step further.

There are folks out there that dip their Oreo cookie in peanut butter. For those indulgent dessert lovers, The Veil Brewing Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter & Oreos is brewed for you.

Using the brewery’s chocolate milk stout, the beer has been conditioned on not only hundreds of pounds of Oreo cookies, but Reginald’s Homemade Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter as well. A win-win for lovers of cookies and peanut butter.

The Oreos edition from January was RIDICULOUS. It was as close to drinking a liquefied cookie as you can get (without actually liquifying a cookie). Dessert Beer is sacred to us at Beer Street Journal, and The Veil ups the ante with this edition. The peanut butter takes the lead, over the Oreos, but they are far from subtle. It’s hard to stop smelling the glass.

Due the fact the beer has been aging this beer on sugary cookies, extra fermentable sugars have been introduced to this beer. If you find yourself lucky enough to possess this mother of all dessert beers, keep the cans cold and drink fresh. Trust us on this one.

A little over 120 cases of The Veil Brewing Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter & Oreos will be available when the brewery opens at 4 pm.

Style. Milk Stout (w/ LactoseOreo Cookies, Peanut Butter)
Availability: 16oz Cans. Limited.
Debut: 4/4/17

7% ABV

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Posted in Burial Beer Co, Don't Miss This, Hoof Hearted Brewing

Burial Beer & Hoof Hearted Brewing create ‘Two Dollars’ Pale Ale

Burial Beer Two Dollars American Pale Ale

Asheville, North Carolina’s Burial Beer and Marengo, Ohio’s Hoof Hearted Brewing have teamed up on a new pale ale.

This beer starts with the love of 80’s movies. If you don’t believe it, check out the Sloth and Burt Reynolds mural on the side of the Burial’s taproom. This beer starts with the love of the John Cusack classic, Better Off Dead. “Johnny” the menacing paperboy in the movie is constantly yelling “I want my two dollars” for the papers.

In that same vein, the brewing duo have created a beer for the taproom that is just $2 dollars.

‘Two Dollars’ Pale Ale is brewed with coriander and lime, plus a touch of lupulin powder (basically concentrated hops) and a bold yeast. The beer is big on flavor, not on price.

Truly a sight to behold: a man beaten. The once great champ, now, a study in moppishness. Hard enough on his luck to run form a blood-thirsty barrel of killer paperboys. But smart enough to save $2 for this can of delightful pale ale, thriftily hashed together with lupulin powder, citrus peel, and tale from our childhood that is just a beloved by these Ohio boys.

Burial Beer Two Dollars Pale Ale will be available in 12 ounce cans and draft at the brewery on Thursday, April 20th.

Style: Pale Ale (w/ Coriander. LimeLupulin Powder.)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft
Debut: 4/20/17

5% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Belgium

Hazy & tropical. New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Juicy Mandarina IPA debuts

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Juicy Mandarina IPA

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Juicy Mandarina IPA is now hitting shelves nationally this month.

In late 2016, New Belgium signaled a few lineup changes with the addition of the Voodoo Ranger Series. Initial releases include Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, and 8 Hop Pale Ale.

This month, New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Juicy Mandarina will be available for a limited time, perfect for warm weather drinking. The base beer is an unfiltered wheat based IPA that is big on trop hops including German Mandarina Bavaria and Australian Galaxy. Translation: juicy.

Drink up now, because this summer a Passionfruit Imperial IPA is headed to the series.

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Juicy Mandarina IPA is available in 22 ounce bottles and draft for a limited time.

Style: IPA
Hops: Mandarina Bavaria, Galaxy
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.

Debut: Mid-April, 2017

6.5% ABV