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Hoppier “Trop” is coming. Creature Comforts Double Dry Hopped Trop drops Friday

Creature Comforts Double Dry Hopped Trop

Creature Comforts Double Dry Hopped Trop debuts in the Athens, Georgia based brewery’s taproom on Friday. 

The brewery’s Tropicalia India Pale Ale is nothing short of a phenomenon in the southeast. That pretty much assures that a double dry-hopped edition of Tropicalia will incite a beer geek rush on the brewery this Friday.

Creature Comforts Double Dry Hopped Trop is brewed just like its year-round sibling, but with a second dry-hop of the beer’s superstar hop, Galaxy. Available starting Friday, August 17th at 3 pm.

Style: IPA
Availability: 16oz Cans. Limited Release.
Debut: 8/17/18

6.6% ABV

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Posted in Don't Miss This, Half Acre Brewing, Seasonal Return

Now is the only time you’ll get Half Acre Double Daisy Cutter this year

Half Acre Double Daisy Cutter 2018

Half Acre Double Daisy Cutter, the bigger, boozier version of the brewery’s pale ale returns today for the only time this year.

As the name suggests, Half Acre Double Daisy Cutter is a bigger version of the brewery’s Daisy Cutter with fewer boundaries. It carries all the big citrus and grassy notes of the year-round pale ale, but with more hops and an amplified malt presence.

Usually brewed quarterly, Double Daisy Cutter is a Chicago favorite.

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 a few times a year. Available in 16-ounce 4-pack cans.

Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Distribution: IL, WI, Philadelphia, NYC
Debut (Cans): 3/3/17
Latest Return: 8/3/18

8.5% ABV

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Production volume up as U.S. brewery count hits 6,655

Brewers Association 2018 Mid-Year

At the midpoint of 2018, small and independent brewery growth in the United States is holding stable according to the Brewers Association.

As of June 30th, there were 6,655 active breweries in the U.S., up from 5,562 in the same time frame in 2017. Production volume has increased craft industry-wide by 5%.

There are 2,500 to 3,000 breweries currently in planning.

According to Bart Watson, chief economist for the Brewers Association, 2018 is on pace to have the highest number of openings and closings to date.

“The data demonstrate that 2018 is on pace to have the highest number of brewery openings and closings to date. However, even as breweries close, openings continue to far outpace the number that shutter. New players looking to enter the space should be aware of the constructs of the current landscape, work to differentiate themselves and will need to make quality beer to succeed.” – Bart Watson

In a special appearance in front of the Georgia Craft Brewer’s Guild in early July, Watson expects the U.S. brewery count to break 7,000 before the end of 2018.

Posted in Don't Miss This, Seasonal Return, The Unknown Brewing Co.

This “Bright Ass Tank Top” comes with rum & limes

Unknown Bright Ass Tank Top can

Unknown Bright Ass Tank Top is back in action as July winds down, slamming two styles together in one canned package.

It seems like key limes have found almost overnight success in beer. Unknown Bright Ass Tank Top has them in the base gose, plus Nicaraguan rum barrels. Brewery founder Brad Schell told Beer Street Journal of his excitement to find such great rum barrels.

“They smell like being drunk on a beach or being a pirate.”- Brad Schell, brewery founder

The base beer is a gose brewed with sea salt and key limes, then aged in the rum barrels for over three months.

The result? A bold beer. There are a few key lime flavored beers running around out there these days. While some just taste a little citrusy, Bright Ass Tank Top doesn’t let you forget what it is. A rum filled gose that is full of key lime juice. You can’t miss a bright as shit tank top walking by you. You won’t forget this beer either.

Unknown Bright Ass Tank Top is available once again in 16-ounce cans and draft.

Style: Gose (w/ Sea Salt, Key Limes. Barrel Aged. Rum.)
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.

Distribution: NC, SC, GA
Latest Return: July 2018

4.1% ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Don't Miss This, Southern Sky Brewing

Georgia loses another brewery. Southern Sky Brewing announces closure

Southern Sky Brewing Closure

Southern Sky Brewing Company has announced they have closed their doors.

Georgia Tech graduate Jon Near founded the brewery three years ago in Kennesaw, Georgia. Sources close to Southern Sky state the brewery was at constant odds with their distributor, Empire Distributors, over product placement at events in the weeks leading up to this announcement.

Incidentally, Beer Street Journal could only find one mention of Southern Sky on the brewery’s website – a single link back to the brewery’s website. There is no mention of Southern Sky’s beer portfolio.

The brewery’s equipment is currently available for sale.

In late spring, Abbey of the Holy Goats, a Belgian inspired brewery based in Roswell, Georgia also closed their doors and offered their equipment on industry site ProBrewer.com.

Posted in Don't Miss This, Hi Wire Brewing

Hi-Wire releases a Horchata inspired edition of their 10W-40 imperial stout this weekend

Hi-Wire Horchata 10W-40

Hi-Wire Horchata 10W-40, a dessert inspired edition of the brewery’s increasingly popular imperial stout is coming this weekend. 

The Asheville, North Carolina based brewery debuted 10W-40 Imperial Stout, a coffee, chocolate, and vanilla a few years ago. It truly does pour like motor oil. Not long after, a barrel-aged edition debuted.

On July 7th, this “oil” line gains a horchata edition of the imperial stout. This edition features chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla beans, with a creaminess derived from lactose milk sugar.

This decadent stout boasts huge notes of fresh vanilla, amaretto, and cinnamon with an incredibly smooth and chocolatey finish.

Hi-Wire Horchata 10W-40 is a 16-ounce can offering, available in the taproom on July 7th at 12 pm. Limited distribution to follow.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Chocolate. Cinnamon. Vanilla Beans. Lactose.)
Availability: 16oz Cans.
Debut: 7/7/18

8% ABV

Posted in Brewery Expansions, Don't Miss This, Hi Wire Brewing

Hi-Wire Brewing is building a third location in Durham, North Carolina

HI Wire Durham Taproom

Asheville, North Carolina based Hi-Wire Brewing already boasts two locations in one of the most visited beer towns in America. The state of North Carolina will soon be able to claim a third, this time in the city of Durham.

The “Durham Fun Zone” is expected to open by the end of 2018 at 800 Taylor Street. The 8,884 square foot space boasts 24 taps for Hi-Wire beers, as well as guest taps, and a plethora of games like shuffleboard, table tennis, and foosball tables.

While not a part of the initial build-out, space has been dedicated for a future pilot brewing system. This new construction is part of the Golden Belt campus in Durham, a 320,000 square foot facility that was once a textile and tobacco facility.

Currently, the brewery operates their original brewery in Asheville’s South Slope area, as well as their “Big Top” production facility less than a mile from city center.

The brewery currently expects the Durham Fun Zone to open in late October, barring any construction delays.