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Creature Comforts Reclaimed Rye finally debuts in cans

Creature Comforts Reclaimed Rye Can

Creature Comforts Reclaimed Rye will (finally) debut in cans year-round on February 17th.

Reclaimed Rye has been a year-round offering by Athens, Georgia brewery basically since they opened their doors. The amber ale is brewed with rye malt and nuanced with a touch of French oak. The brewery teased the artwork two years ago this month, and finally after expansions, building a second production facility, Reclaimed Rye will finally be available in cans.

A uniquely complex and flavorful amber ale. French oak and rye malt lend to a well-rounded body with delicate undertones of toasted bread, spice, and subtle vanilla. We set out to show a new light onto the amber style with this beer and to reclaim it back from the ordinary. Easy to drink with friends at the pub, or just as good as a companion contemplating the stars, Reclaimed Rye is a collection of familiar voices singing a new harmony. 

Creature Comforts Reclaimed Rye joins Athena and Tropicalia, and Bibo Pilsner in their year-round canned lineup. The designs are the brainchild of creative genius Kim Kirby of Young Athenians.

Style: Rye Beer (Oak Aged.)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round
Debut (Cans): 2/17/18

5.5% ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Releases, The Veil Brewing

Hundreds of pounds of marshmallows, graham crackers, & coffee created The Veil Brewing S’Mores Hornswoggler

The Veil Brewing S'mores Hornswoggler

A beer that’s absolutely perfect for a campfire. The Veil Brewing S’Mores Hornswoggler debuts today.

This story begins as Hornswoggler, the Richmond, Virginia based brewery’s milk stout brewed with chocolate. The beer is so rich with not only flavor, but the potential for different variants, The Veil didn’t resist the opportunity.

Since the original release, Hornswoggler has aged on Coffee, Oreos, Peanut Butter, Coconuts, Double Chocolate, French Vanilla, even Candy Bars.

Today, The Veil Brewing S’mores Hornswoggler expands the coveted ‘Swoggler lineup. This chocolate-heavy milk stout features more than 60 gallons of Cholaca liquid sweetened cocoa nibs (for extra chocolate flavor) plus 100 pounds of marshmallows added on the hot side of the brew day.

The perfect S’more needs a graham cracker. The Veil added move 700 pounds of crushed graham cracker, and for an added touch – 8 pounds per barrel of marshmallow coffee.

Sweet milk chocolate, salty & sweet graham cracker, aromatic marshmallows, and nice subtle roast from the coffee. S’mores all in your mouth-hole! 😎

The Veil Brewing S’Mores Hornswoggler will be available in 16-ounce cans/4 packs. $17 each.

Style: Milk Stout (w/ Graham Cracker. Marshmallows. Liquid Cacao Nibs. Coffee. Lactose.)
Availability: 16oz. Cans
Debut: 2/13/18

7% ABV

SEE THEM ALL: The Veil Brewing Hornswoggler Series

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New Belgium Tartastic Raspberry Lime Ale expands “Tart” series

New Belgium Tartastic Raspberry Lime Ale

New Belgium Tartastic Raspberry Lime Ale leads off a new kettle soured series of ales in 2018. 

Some of this beer name should already be familiar to you – “Tartastic”. A year ago, New Belgium debuted Tartastic Lemon Ginger Sour. The brewery found success with this release among their fanbase, prompting the brewery to turn Tartastic into a full-on series. New Belgium Tartastic Raspberry Lime Ale takes the lead in the series this year, brewed with raspberry and lime purees.

Don’t let the beautiful color fool you, this beer isn’t heavy on the fruit. Each sip has a touch of tartness up front, that gives way to malty finish with just a drizzle of fresh raspberry. Intentionally restrained, Raspberry Lime Ale is better described as possessing “the essence” of the berries and citrus, instead of a face plant directly into a sweet pie.

Expect more “Tartastic” fruit-based releases in 2018.

New Belgium Tartastic Raspberry Lime Ale is a 12-ounce bottle and draft seasonal release.

Style: Kettle Sour Ale (w/ Raspberries. Lime Puree.)
Hops: Nugget
Malts: Pale, White Wheat

Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: February 2018

4.2% ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Don't Miss This, Left Hand Brewing, New Releases

Left Hand Chai Milk Stout Nitro debuts this month

Left Hand Chai Milk Stout

Left Hand Chai Milk Stout Nitro is on the way. 

Simply known as Milk Stout, Left Hand’s year-round offering is iconic in American craft beer. This month, that silky smooth icon has a new exotic sibling – Left Hand Chai Milk Stout Nitro. The brewery teased the fresh cans this week.

The brewery chose a custom blend of ginger and cloves that melds well with the sweetness of their Milk Stout.

“It was such a favorite, we decided to share it with all of our nitro-loving beer fans as the newest beer in our nitro can series. The chai spice mixture is brewed in-house and gives the whole brewery an intoxicating aroma on brew day.”

Left Hand Chai Milk Stout Nitro is now available in 16-ounce nitro cans for a limited time.

Style: Milk Stout (w/ Ginger. Cloves. Lactose.)
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: February 2018

5% ABV, 22 IBUs

Image: Left Hand Brewing

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Shiner will debut their first Super Bowl commercial on Sunday

Shiner Beer Logo

Texas based Spoetzl Brewery will debut their first ever Super Bowl commercial on February 4th.

The featured called ‘This is Shiner Country’ is not only a first for the Shiner brand, but a first for a craft brewery on this expensive marketing stage. Super Bowl ad spots don’t come cheap, typically costing millions of dollars per second of airtime. Spoetzl disclosed this spot came with a $1.2 million dollar price tag.

‘This is Shiner Country’ is a 30 second spot “reinforces its stake as the iconic Texas craft beer loved by longtime residents while giving a warm welcome to new faces, with a country music twist,” according to the brewery.

Following the debut, the ad will continue to run throughout Texas on local broadcasts for NFL, NBA and MLB.

Spoetzl Brewery was founded in 1909 in Shiner, Texas. Their parent company, Gambrinus, ranked 5th in beer sales volume nationally according to the Brewer’s Association in 2016.

Shiner will debut their first Super Bowl commercial on Sunday

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Releases, Red Brick Brewing

Red Brick No New Friends draws a crowd, & new fans

Red Brick No New Friends, an imperial IPA collaboration with The Wrecking Bar has debuted.

Before taking on the role as Red Brick’s Director of Brewing Operations, Gavin McKenna worked and brewed for years with Neal Engleman at nearby Wrecking Bar. They’ve been friends for a while now, nothing new there – which we’re pretty sure is the inspiration behind the name – No New Friends.

“We used a few thousand dollars worth of hops,” Engleman jokes. “Folks better like it.”

No New Friends is everything about hop heavy, dank imperial IPAs that are in high demand. The near instant line at the bar when the brewery opened is all the validation you need. Beer fans that might have slept on Red Brick before aren’t anymore.

The 8% alcohol by volume hop bomb is hopped during primary fermentation with Citra and Mosaic hops, then dry hopped with Azacca, Vic Secret, plus a heavy dose Citra and Mosaic cryo powder. Basically, this IPA is hoppy AF.

That expensive hop bill is built on a malt bill of 2-Row, flaked oats, malted oats, spelt malt and lactose. Hoppy AF, hazy, and with a smooth, almost creamy finish. Simply put, a fantastic collaboration.

Red Brick No New Friends is available in 16-ounce cans in the brewery’s tap room.

Style: Imperial IPA (w/ Lactose)
Hops: Citra, Mosaic, Azacca, Vic Secret
Malts: 2-Row, Flaked Oats, Malted Oats, Spelt

Debut: 2/1/18

8% ABV

Posted in Dogfish Head, Don't Miss This, New Releases

Dogfish Head creates a beer with the active ingredient in pepper spray

Dogfish Head IN YOUR MACE

Dogfish Head IN YOUR MACE! debuts this month, brewed with the active ingredient found in Mace Pepper Spray. 

A creation brewed for the Extreme Beer Fest in Boston, this beer definitely lives up to the name. Brewery founder Sam Calagione partnered with his high school friend, who incidentally is also the Vice President of Sales at Mace Security International. Most brewers might not have seen the duo finding a way to collaborate but in true Dogfish Head “off-centered” tradition – they did.

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The base beer is a coffee milk stout, brewed with lactose, chicory, and cinnamon verum chips from the Zanzibar Islands. That all sounds pretty typical until you add the chili oil, which happens to be the same chili oil found in Mace branchicod pepper spray.

“IN YOUR MACE! is one of our most fun and personal partnerships to date and I’m super proud of this small-batch team-up with our friends at Mace Brand pepper spray. Any day we get to brew a beer wearing full body suits, face masks and respirators is a memorable day in the brewhouse.” – Sam Calagione, CEO and Dogfish Founder

The brewery describes the flavor as  “smoky, moderately sweet stout gives off spicy nutmeg, anise and espresso aromas with a palette-warming chili spiced finish.”The beer might awaken your taste buds, but it’s definitely not strong enough to stop an intruder.

In addition to pouring February 2nd and 3rd at the Extreme Beer Festival in Boston, 200, 750-milliliter bottles will be available at the brewery’s Tasting Room in Milton, Delaware on February 17th.

Style: Milk Stout (w/ Cinnamon. Mace. Chili Oil. Chicory. Lactose.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Limited Draft.
Debut: 2/1/18

5% ABV

Image: Dogfish Head