Posted in Headlines, The Veil Brewing

Throw pumpkin pies into your mash & you have The Veil Brewing’s ‘Creep’

The Veil Brewing Creep

The Veil Brewing Creep debuts on October 31st.

Absolutely no stranger to weird is Richmond, Virginia based The Veil Brewing. The brewery has brewed with everything from Oreos to chicken wings in the past. Truly zero fu$ks given when it comes to being weird. That being said, in honor of Halloween and the coming Thanksgiving, The Veil threw a bunch of whole pumpkin pies into their mash tun. Because they can.

The Veil Brewing Creep is the result.

So many of the brewery’s IPAs and imperial IPAs are hazy and dank. According to the brewery, they wanted to create one with a “fuller body” and some residual sweetness. You can thank the pumpkin pie for that.

As you can see by the images, The Veil dumped a countless number of pumpkin pies into the brew, then intensely hopped it with Enigma, Motueka, and Citra hops. Despite not using lactose in the brewing process, the pumpkin pies most likely contain dairy.

…whole pumpkin pies to the mash resulting in a subtle flaky pie crust character with the slightest hint of pumpkin pie spice.

If this beer goes over well with the fans, expect this pie heavy beer to return next season. The Veil Brewing Creep will be available in 16-ounce cans when the brewery opens on Halloween.

Style: Imperial IPA (w/ Pumpkin Pie)
Hops: Citra, Motueka, Enigma

Availability: 16oz Cans
Debut: 10/31/17

9% ABV

Posted in Evil Twin Brewing, Headlines, New Releases, Westbrook Brewing Co

Evil Twin Maple Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break debuts

Evil Twin Maple Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break

Evil Twin Maple Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break debuts as October comes to a close.

What started with two highly sought after beers: Evil Twin Biscotti Break and Westbrook Brewing’s Mexican Cake Imperial Stout. Since Evil Twin was gypsy brewing until Westbrook’s roof, the brewery’s opted to combine the two beers into one beast of a beer – Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake BreakThe result was dark, bold and complex.

Now some barrel-aged variants will be available to fans – Double Barrel Aged Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break, aged in Marsala wine and bourbon barrels, and Evil Twin Maple Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break.

The latter uses the base mash-up, an imperial stout brewed with coffee, cinnamon, almonds, cocoa nibs, vanilla and habanero peppers, aged in maple bourbon barrels. A mouthful? Yes. Sound delicious? Of course.

Evil Twin Maple Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break will be available in 22-ounce wax top bottles for the first time in the last week of October.

Style: Imperial Stout (Coffee, Cinnamon, Almonds, Cocoa Nibs, Habanero Peppers. Barrel Aged. Maple Syrup Barrel Aged.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Debut: Late October 2017

10.5% ABV

Posted in Coming Soon, Headlines, Westbrook Brewing Co

Chocolate heavy Westbrook 7th Anniversary on the way

Westbrook 7th Anniversary

Westbrook 7th Anniversary, celebrating the brewery’s 7th birthday, is coming soon. 

Celebrating birthdays is how famed Westbrook Mexican Cake got its start. It was originally brewed to celebrate a milestone, and fan demand caused to be an annual release. (Now with barrel-aged variants.)

It would seem Mount Pleasant, South Carolina based brewery loves dessert beer when it comes to anniversary releases. Westbrook 7th Anniversary is first an foremost an imperial stout that is all about chocolate. Think of it like liquid cake.

For our 7th anniversary beer, we went big on the chocolate and added a little sea salt to make it interesting. Luscious notes o liquid cocoa and a smooth salinity make this beer deliciously decadent.

Westbrook 7th Anniversary will be available in 22-ounce bottles. Each of the anniversary releases have debuted around January in the past.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Chocolate. Sea Salt.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, DRaft.
Debut: TBA

10% ABV

Posted in Anheuser-Busch, Headlines

Budweiser 1933 Repeal Reserve Amber Lager launches nationally

Budweiser 1933 Repeal Reserve Amber Lager

Budweiser 1933 Repeal Reserve Amber Lager is the latest national release by Anheuser Busch InBev. 

According to Anheuser Busch, brewery founder Adolphus Busch created 1933 Repeal Reserve Amber Lager prior to the American Prohibition in 1920. The beer never traveled far from Bud’s original home of Saint Louis before alcohol was banned.

With the anniversary of Repeal coming up on December 5th plus the holidays looming,  Anheuser Busch is launching Budweiser 1933 Repeal Reserve Amber Lager. The amber lager is lightly hopped, and caramel malt-forward. Repeal Reserve will also be packaged in vintage “stubby” 12-ounce bottles.

“We are excited to mark the upcoming holiday season and the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition with this new brew based on a forgotten recipe. While Budweiser Repeal Reserve is a great tasting Amber Lager, it also tells the story of an important part of our history and gives reason for celebration.” – Ricardo Marques, VP of Budweiser

The official launch of Budweiser 1933 Repeal Reserve Amber Lager is slated for October 25th in New York City. Th brewery has partnered with LYFT to bring a fleet of 1930’s cars for safe rides to the launch party.

1933 Repeal Reserve is available in 12-ounce bottles and draft for a limited time.

Style: Amber Lager
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: 10/23/17

6.1% ABV

Posted in Headlines, Seasonal Return

Surly Darkness 2017 is still everything death metal & damn delicious

Surly Darkness 2017

Surly Darkness 2017 releases on October 21st. Here’s your sneak peek.

2006 saw the first batch of Surly Darkness. As the story goes, one-morning brewery founder Omar Ansari showed up on a weekend to get some work done to find folks standing outside. They wanted Darkness. A line for beer was weird back in 2006.

Now, 11 years later, Surly Darkness Day has become one of the “must attend” events in craft beer. Thirsty people travel from all over the country to see the darkest of metal bands and sip Russian imperial stout as the leaves change. It’s like a damn greeting card, but with strong beer and double bass kicks.

Tomorrow, this big bottle of metal is unleashed again.

As we sit barstool-deep in the Craft Beer Gold Rush, a line for an in-demand beer outside your local brewery’s door is not uncommon.  In 2006, it was fucking weird. And great.

Surly Darkness is anything but a simple Russian imperial stout. The 22-ounce bottles sport some of the darkest, most sinister labels in the industry that change every year. Seriously, if Rob Zombie had an art event at The Louvre, we think it would look like 11 years of these beer labels.

Darkness has set a high bar for the style in just over a decade. This year’s release is right on point with the flavors that have garnered such a loyal following. Each sip is wash of dark chocolate and a touch of coffee, with hints of raisins and dark fruit, finishing with a smooth boozy heat. Put the pumpkins down, this is the flavor of an upper mid-west fall. Drinking a Darkness is a basically a required merit badge for the craft beer drinker.

Surly Darkness 2017 is a limited 22-ounce bottle release at the brewery in Minnesota. The line starts at 11 AM.

Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Hops: Warrior, Simcoe, Amarillo
Malts: 2-row, Golden Promise, Aromatic, Chocolate, Black, 50/60, Special B, Roasted Barley, Oats, Brewers Crystals, DMEAvailability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.

Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft. Limited Release.
Latest Return: 10/21/17

12% ABV 2017

PIC: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Headlines, The Bruery

The Bruery 10 Lords A Leaping, featuring 10 different spices

The Bruery 10 Lords A Leaping

The Bruery 10 Lords a Leaping will be the 10th release in the ’12 Days of Christmas’ Series.

A decade ago, Placentia, California based The Bruery debuted the first in a line of 12 Beers brewed in honor of nearly 250-year-old “Twelve Days of Christmas” song. The first beer should be obvious – A Partridge in a Pear Tree, a Belgian strong dark brewed with spices.

Each year, the style has varied, from Two Turtle Doves to this year’s coming release – The Bruery 10 Lords a Leaping.

In lieu of 10 Lords, the brewery has 10 spices “leaping” into this seasonal release. The lineup includes coriander, orange peel, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, mace, anise, dried apples, and cloves.

Wassail is known for warmth and spices. The tenth verse of our Twelve Beers of Christmas™ saga goes leaps and bounds beyond a traditional winter warmer, drawing inspiration from the dark, spiced ales from Belgium and our love for experimental brewing in SoCal. 10 Lords-A-Leaping is a dark imperial wit ale featuring 10 different spices… which complement the spiced notes imparted from the yeast and prance upon the rich, dark-fruited character of the specialty malts.

The Bruery 10 Lords A Leaping will be a 750-milliliter release.

Style: Imperial WItbier (w/ Coriander, Orange peel, Cinnamon, Ginger. Nutmeg. Allspice. Mace. Star Anise. Dried Apples. Cloves)
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Debut: Late Fall 2017

10.5% ABV

Past Releases: 

9 Ladies Dancing – Tiramisu Inspired Strong Ale (2016)
8 Maids-A-Milking –
Imperial Milk Stout (2015)
7 Swans-A-Swimming
 – Belgian-style quadrupel (2014)
6 Geese-A-Laying – Belgian-style Dark Ale, with cape gooseberries (2013)
5 Golden Rings – Golden Ale, with cinnamon, allspice, ginger, pineapple (2012)
4 Calling Birds – Belgian-style Dark Ale, with gingerbread spices (2011)
3 French Hens – Belgian-style Dark Ale, partial French oak aged (2010)
2 Turtles Doves – Belgian-style Dark/Porter Blend, with pecans and cocoa nibs (2009)
A Partridge in a Pear Tree – Belgian-style dark ale with candi sugar (2008)

Posted in Headlines

The Brewers Association wants to raise $213 Billion to buy Anheuser Busch

Anheuser Busch InBev has dropped a good chunk of change buying a few of America’s craft breweries. The buyouts haven’t sat well with many of the craft beer drinkers and most definitely not with the not-for-profit advocate for craft brewers, the Brewers Association.

The biggest beef the Brewers Association has with these purchases is consumer clarity. Many buyers don’t know these breweries are owned by ABI, but still operate like they are independent.

The first step in the fight was launching the Independent Seal, to be adopted by the nation’s craft brewers to be displayed on their packaging signifying independence. They aren’t stopping at the seal. The Brewers Association is going big – $213 billion big.

Today the Brewers Association launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds totaling the market value of Anheuser Busch InBev – $213 billion dollars.

“Since 2011, Anheuser-Busch InBev has quietly acquired 10 small and independent breweries, but they won’t tell you that on their packaging,” said Andy. “Just try to name all 10 without Googling…exactly. Big Beer creates an ‘illusion of choice,’ but we are presenting them with a reality check—and hopefully, at the end of the day, with a real check too.

The initiative is called “Take Craft Back” and can be found at TakeCraftBack.com. You can pledge up to $1000 dollars towards this lofty goal on what has to be a financial bank-breaking record for this type of campaign. No, you don’t have to put your credit card down now. The Brewers Association will contact you if they ACTUALLY meet the multiple billion dollar goal.

The odds are very much against the goal ever being met, and probably even worse that Anheuser would sell even if the funds were raised.

Something to ponder. If the Brewers Association bought ABI and their subsidiaries, would they instantly just be “independent?” Satire aside, score another point for the BA’s ‘Independence Matters’ initiative.