Posted in Headlines, Rodenbach Brewery

Rodenbach Fruitage marks the brewery’s first cans in the U.S.

Rodenbach Fruitage

Rodenbach Fruitage the first cans in the United States by the Belgian brewery, debuts in March.

This new innovation by the world renown sour maker is blend of old and young beer. 25% of the final beer is 2 year old traditional Rodenbach foeder beer, and 75% young ale.

The blend was then aged on cherries and elderberries.

Rodenbach Fruitage is a sessionable 4.2% alcohol by volume, and be available in 8.5 ounce “slim” cans, in 4 packs. The price looks to be quite tempting as well, expected to retail around $6.99 per 4-pack.

Distributors are welcome to make orders in the U.S. ahead of the March, 2017 debut.

Style: Flanders Red Ale (w/ Elderberries, Cherries)
Availability: 8.5oz Cans
Debut: March, 2017

4.2% ABV

Posted in Coming Soon, Headlines, Southern Tier Brewing

Southern Tier Thick Mint echoes the famous Girl Scout cookie

Southern Tier Thick Mint

Southern Tier Thick Mint, a new imperial stout by the New York based brewery, debuts in April.

The brewery’s Blackwater Series is home to some of the most well known beers in the industry. Creme Brûlée, Choklat, & Mokah imperial stouts are just a few examples. Spring brings Girl Scout cookies, and Southern Tier has a perfect beer pairing.

Southern Tier Thick Mint mimics on of the most popular Girl Scout cookies out there, Thin Mints. (For some reason we always find them in people’s freezers.) The 10% alcohol by volume imperial stout is brewed with cocoa nibs and mint. Another dessert beer cometh.

We made big ways when we introduced Choklat in 2007. Since then, our affection for decadent, flavorful, dessert-like beers and a zeal to venture into the far corners of the flavor world, have been the drivers in our endless quest to brew the perfect indulgence.

Southern Tier Thick Mint is slated for 22 ounce bottles in April, 2017.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Chocolate, Mint.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: April, 2017

10% ABV

Posted in Headlines, Ommegang

Next Game of Thrones Beer: Ommegang Bend the Knee

One day there will another Game of Thrones book. Perhaps sooner than that, the next season on HBO. oin the mean time, Game of Thrones fans will get to sip Ommegang Bend the Knee.

Commemorating the seventh season of the game changing series, Ommegang Bend the Knee is golden ale. The 9% alcohol by volume beer will debut in three different collector bottles, each with the house seals for each family vying for the Iron Throne.

Each of the 750 mililter bottles will sport House Stark, House Targaryen, and House Lannister, retailing around $10.99 per bottle. The brewery chose Saaz, Bravo, and Stryian Golding hops for the golden ale, with a malt base of pilsner and flaked oats.

“With this next Game of Thrones-inspired release, we wanted a beer and a pack that was fit for a king… or a queen. Drawing from a rich Belgian brewing tradition, Golden Strong Ales are deceptive due to their unique combination of extreme drinkability and relatively high alcohol content. Bend the Knee walks that line, while also incorporating the delicate flavors of honey into the mix. The subtle noble and floral hop contribution adds to its delicateness, and the beer finishes smooth and dry.” Brewery Ommegang President, Doug Campbell.

Unlike the book or the tv season, Ommegang Bend the Knee has a set release date. Memorial Day 2017.

Style: Golden Ale
Hops: Saaz, Bravo, Stryian Golding
Malts: Pilsner, Flaked Oats

Availability: 750ml Bottles
Debut: Memorial Day, 2017

9% ABV

Posted in Dogfish Head, Headlines

Next Level: Dogfish Head creates draft system straight from the barrel

Barrel-aged beer in a keg is so 2016. You can now drink barrel-aged beer tapped straight from the barrel. The future is now.

Delaware’s most “off-centered” brewery, Dogfish Head has teamed up with Annapolis, Maryland based AC Beverage in order to create a draft system you’ve never seen before. The system is called AeriAle, an innovative nitrogen-based draft system. We’re talking barrel to glass.

Rack AeriAle uses a Nitrogenator mixed gas system that provides a continuous supply of N2 gas, that feeds the oak barrels. A customized barrel extractor allows the beer to pumped under low N2 pressure to a heat exchanger which chills the beer to the desired temperature. From there, the beer is fed to a CellarStream inline liquid & gas infuser that pressurizes the beer to the set pounds per square inch. The CellarStream settings can be changed to match the style of beer being served.

The Rack AeriAle finished product is then integrated into a typical draft system using a slow pour style faucet (tap) with a restrictor disk which strips the gas while being poured.

“The process is like watching a theatrical performance in a glass as it creates a unique, cascading effect resulting in a thick creamy head that looks as appealing as it tastes. The retention of the head is achieved by the amount of gas infusion that can only be accomplished using a CellarStream and Nitrogenator as they are the heart and lungs of the Rack AeriAle system. –  Charles Kleinrichert, president of AC Beverage.

AC Beverage has been working with Dogfish Head since 1995. After working with Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione on various brewery projects, the team eventually arrived at this idea. The first system has been sold to Eataly Boston’s Terra Restaurant. The second will find a home at Dogfish Head’s Milton brewery.

Posted in Headlines, New Holland Brewing

New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Mexican Spice Cake headed to special series

New Holland Dragon's Milk Reserve Mexican Spice Cake

New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Mexican Spice Cake join the special “Reserve” series of beers in the near future.

This series is centered around the brewery’s Dragon’s Milk, a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. You might see the subtitle “Unlimited Release,” as it’s year-round.

The Dragon’s Milk Reserve Series is known for different spins on the brewery’s barrel-aged imperial stout, like Rum Barrel Coconut, Vanilla Chai Spice, and a high alcohol by volume Triple Mashed. Soon, look for New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Mexican Spice Cake will join the coveted lineup.

The “Mexican Cake” flavor has become a popular one in beer, combining flavors of cinnamon, chilis and vanilla. Combine those flavors with bourbon barrel-aging, and it would seem another hit is headed to the Reserve Series.

Full and Smooth, this Reserve’s chocolate character is enhanced by the soft heat of chilies, mellowed out by hints of vanilla and cinnamon.

New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Mexican Spice Cake will be available in 12 ounce bottles. The brewery has not yet announced this offering.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Vanilla Beans, Cinnamon, Chilis, Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: TBA

11% ABV

Posted in Headlines

Guinness to build a brewery in the United States

World renown Irish brewer Guinness will build in the United States. The brewery’s parent company Diageo has chosen Maryland for the build.

The build will be a U.S. version of Dublin’s popular Guinness Open Gate Brewery, a mid-sized location and visitor experience in Baltimore County, Maryland. Diageo is investing $50 million dollars in the project.

The facility will brew and feature beers created solely for the American market. The St. James Gate facility will still be the brewing home to the iconic Guinness Stout.

This new project will re-establish a Guinness brewery in the U.S. after a 63 year absence. Diageo has chosen Relay, Maryland as the preferred location for a plethora of reasons, including proximity to major tourist destinations, skilled nearby labor, and existing structures that the brewery can renovate. Guinness will be renovating a Diageo bottling facility that was shuttered in 2015.

“Guinness’ plan to build a brewery at its historic facility in Relay, MD is great news for job creation, manufacturing, and tourism in our state. Beer tourism attracts millions of visitors to towns and communities across the country every year and I look forward to welcoming Guinness to the roster of excellent breweries we have here in Maryland.” – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan

Diageo is hoping to have final approval soon, and commence construction in the spring. The goal is to have Guinness U.S. open by the 200th Anniversary of Guinness being first imported into the United States.


Posted in Ballast Point Brewing, Headlines

Hoppy family expansion: Ballast Point Unfiltered Sculpin

Ballast Point Unfiltered Sculpin

The world of hazy, unfiltered India pale ales will get a little bigger in the near future. Ballast Point Unfiltered Sculpin is on the horizon.

Ballast Point Sculpin IPA has splintered into separate releases like Grapefruit Sculpin, Habanero Sculpin, and Pineapple Sculpin over the past few years. Each spin on the flagship IPA has proved popular among the brewery’s fanbase.

Brewed to celebrate a decade of hoppy California goodness that is Sculpin, Ballast Point Unfiltered Sculpin IPA will join the lineup in the near future. The limited release will be available in 12 ounce bottles as a limited release.

The brewery has not yet announced this beer.

Style: IPA
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: TBA

7% ABV