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Old Bust Head Barrel Aged Gold Cup Imperial Stout is dreamy & returning

Old Bust Head Barrel Aged Gold Cup Imperial Stout bottle

Old Bust Head Barrel Aged Gold Cup Imperial Stout returns on June 3rd – only the second time this beer has been bottled.

On a recent trip to Virginia we discovered Old Bust Brewing, tucked away the countryside of Vint Hill, Virginia. You’d think a brewery that seems off the beaten path would boast a standard lineup of IPAs and pale ales on tap. This is where we found Barrel Aged Gold Cup, and its badass lineup of variants.

The base Russian imperial stout is fantastic. Boozy, roasty, velvety with a touch of chocolate and espresso. Barrel Aged Gold Cup is a barrel-aged dream. Bittersweet chocolate and strong coffee flavors melt perfectly against the oaky vanilla bourbon barrels.

The brewery regulars are already clued into this beer’s reputation. The last release sold out in a matter of hours.

Old Bust Head Barrel Aged Gold Cup will be available in bottles once again on Saturday, June 3rd, in 16.9 ounce bottles. It will be joined by Barrel Aged Coconut Coffee Gold Cup, another new extremely drool worthy release. Start making some friends in Virginia.

Style: Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Hops: Cascade, Hallertau MF
Malts: 2 Row, Caramel 80, Carapils, Roasted Barley, Chocolate, 2 Row Black

Availability: 16.9oz Bottles
Latest Return: 6/3/17

10% ABV

Image: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Don't Miss This, Sierra Nevada, The Bruery

Sierra Nevada Raspberry Sundae Ale, with The Bruery

Sierra Nevada The Bruery Raspberry Sundae bottle

Sierra Nevada Raspberry Sundae Ale can be found in the new Beer Camp Around the World mixed pack – a collaboration with The Bruery.

The Bruery’s Andrew Bell calls this an oddball beer. The ice cream inspired Raspberry Sundae Ale is standout in Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across the World box. To the point where you’re not sure whether you want to drink it first or last.

Raspberry Sundae Ale is brewed with raspberries, cacao nibs, and vanilla plus a touch of lactose for a bit of creaminess. You’ll every one of those flavors, but nicely retrained. A beer like this is supposed to bring a raspberry sundae to mind while drinking, even compliment the actual dessert. Not be a substitute for it.

Sierra Nevada and The Bruery’s Raspberry Sundae Ale creation is just one of 12 tasting adventures you’ll find in the Beer Camp Around the World box. Hitting shelves now.

Style: Herb/Spice Ale (w/ Raspberry, Vanilla Beans, Cocoa. Lactose.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles. Mixed Pack only.
Debut: Late May/June, 2017

8% ABV

Image: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Don't Miss This

Video of Chinese factory making fake Budweiser goes viral

Consider this a bit more disgusting version of the counterfeit wallet or purse you can buy on a city street. A video of an underground factory in China has gone viral.

The video was circulated by an anonymous user on WeChat, an international messaging app, of factory workers making fake cans of Budweiser. The employees dump the recycled cans from a box into buckets, presumably lager beer, in a very unsanitary fashion, and add to the canning line and reseal. According to Ming Pao (a Chinese news source), the illegal facility churned out nearly 600,000 cases of fake Budweiser before they were busted.

Anheuser-Busch will most certainly be seeking legal action.

Headline image: Anheuser Busch

Posted in Don't Miss This, Second Self Brewing Company

Top Gun Beer: Second Self Margarita in Gose

Second Self Margarita in Gose cans

We honestly aren’t sure what we drink more of around the Beer Street Journal office – beer or margaritas. This new Atlanta release makes choosing a little bit easier. Second Self Margarita in Gose debuts June 1st.

Let’s address the most badass fact about this beer, the Top Gun theme. Second Self now has a “Top Gun Series” of beers, that started with Maverick & Gose last year. That beer is back in the skies (shelves) once again with an updated recipe. Since you can’t pull off an inverted flying maneuver without a partner, Second Self Margarita in Gose, aka “MIG” is here.

MIG mimics taste of a margarita thanks to fresh orange lime juice and Florida orange peel. Those flavors, plus a touch of salt makes this gose margarita/beer  hybrid. Shots of tequila might make the perfect compliment. The choice is yours.

Second Self Margarita in Gose is available starting June 1st in Georgia and Alabama.

Style: Gose (w/ Lime. Orange Peel. Coriander, Sea Salt.)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: 6/1/17

4.3% ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Anchor Brewing, Coming Soon, Don't Miss This

Anchor Coffee Porter is slated for bottles

Anchor Coffee Porter

From the San Francisco based brewery that already has an epic Porter, will soon come another – Anchor Coffee Porter.

The brewery’s historic building on Potrero Hill in San Francisco was once a coffee roaster. As Anchor describes it, it’s high time the brewery finally release a Coffee Porter in bottles. Last year, a coffee heavy porter was briefly available on draft.

Anchor Coffee Porter uses San Francisco based Four Barrel Coffee developed especially for this brew, that is added to the brewery’s famous Porter recipe.

We start in the brewhouse with our radically traditional recipe fro Anchor Porter, which we’ve been brewing since 1972. We end up in the cellar, where we add Four Barrel Flash Chilled Coffee – developed with Anchor especially for this beer -during secondary fermentation. The result is a coffee porter of immense richness, intensity, boldness, and smoothness, with deep aromas and mouthfeel of fresh-roasted coffee melded with dark-roasted maltiness.

Anchor Coffee Porter will be available in 12 ounce bottles and draft. The brewery has not yet announced this offering.

Style: Porter (w/ Coffee)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: TBA

5.5% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Releases

Westbrook releases new imperial “Three Claw”

Westbrook Three Claw

It all started with One Claw a pale ale heavy on the rye malt. Next came came the hazy, juicy Two Claw IPA. This week, Westbrook Three Claw Imperial IPA makes its debut.

Expect more of the ever popular juice and haze in this release, which sports more “new world hops”. (The brewery hasn’t specified, but to us new world hops are varieties like Equinox, Mosaic, Citra, Galaxy, etc.)

The biggest claw of them all is a hazy double IPA with a heaping dose of new world hops.

Westbrook Three Claw is available in the brewery’s taproom in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. No distribution has been specified.

Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: 5/25/17

8% ABV

Ed Note: Article updated to reflect 16 ounce cans. Image: Westbrook Brewing

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

The Veil Brewing French Vanilla Hornswoggler debuts this week

The Veil Brewing French Vanilla Hornswoggler

There’s a new dessert beer in Richmond, Virginia this week. The Veil Brewing French Vanilla Hornswoggler joins the lineup of the brewery’s most decadent.

This journey starts with Hornswoggler, the brewery’s chocolate milk stout. This variant is conditioned on a house blend of coffee, plus vanilla beans and a touch of hazelnut. The brewery explains this beer is a blend of each of the flavors, without one dominating.

The goal for French Vanilla Horns was to be a harmonious blend of all of the adjuncts. It was not the intent for it to be a coffee, Vanilla, or hazelnut bomb. It turned out awesome! Super aromatic. Very complex flavor profile.

The “Hornswoggler” series has featured a Coconut, Oreos, and Peanut Butter Oreos edition.

The Veil Brewing French Vanilla Hornswoggler debuts on May 23rd in limited 16 ounce cans and draft.

Style: Milk Stout (w/ Cocoa Nibs. Coffee. Vanilla Beans. Hazelnut. Lactose.)
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: 5/23/17

7% ABV