Almost overnight, offices and homes around the world went from the old school pot coffeemaker to the Keurig “pod” coffee system. Soon your beer could be served the same way.
Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewery, has entered into a partnership with Keurig Green Mountain, in order to develop a new system for the adult beverage industry.
In 2015, Keurig debuted the Keurig Kold machine, an appliance similar to its coffee maker for cold sodas. The pod-based beverage machine would allow users to make Coca-Cola, Pepsi, etc. In summer of 2016, just 10 months after the launch, Keurig pulled the plug on the project. Price of the machine, combined with cost per serving ultimately killed it.
A-B InBev and Keurig are hoping to take that “Kold” technology and create a system that would let you presumably brew beer on demand, in the same vein as the soda machine, and the coffee predecessor.
“We are excited to partner with AB InBev to develop a new system for the adult beverage category. We look forward to combining our capabilities and technologies to deliver innovation for consumers,” – Bob Gamgort, Keurig Green Mountain CEO
Not only is on-demand beer the focus, but other adult beverages like cocktails, mixers, and spirits. No timeline has been set for the project, nor mention of prototype for Keurig beer machine.
For now, the world will have to wait for this pod beer system.(And brew beer the “old fashioned” way.)
Great Divide Hop Disciples India Pale Ale has now started shipping nationwide.
At the start of fall last year, the brewery kicked off a new “Tank Farm” series of beers. The series serves as an ongoing departure from Great Divide norms. An experiment if you will. The inaugural release was Nadia Kali, a beautifully colored hibiscus saison.
As 2017 begins, Great Divide Hop Disciples, a new India pale ale has started shipping nationwide. Disciples will showcase one specially chosen hop variety, creating a real sensory experience for the drinker. This year’s hop is Idaho 7, one of dankest, most tropical hops out there. Expect orange zest, stone fruit, and a hint of black tea leaves.
“We receive different experimental hops to play around with on our pilot system each year, and this past year we were really blown away by the aromatics and flavor of the Idaho 7. We decided we needed to showcase them on a larger scale, and the idea of taking Hop Disciples to package was born.” – Bob Malone, Special Ops, Great Divide
The name “Hop Disciples” refers to an education program started by the brewery in 2008. The program gives home brewers and passionate fans a chance to learn more about brewing and the brewing industry.
Great Divide Hop Disciples is now available in 12 ounce cans and draft from January to April, 2017.
Hops: Idaho 7
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Jan-April
Debut: January, 2017
New for 2017, Allagash Hoppy Table Beer Is starting to ship this week. Expect this year-round from now on.
Low alcohol by volume Belgian-style beers are the inspiration for Allagash Hoppy Table Beer. High ABV doesn’t always mean the beer is better, as Allagash is about to prove to you.
The famous Allagash House Yeast (we think it deserves proper name treatment) fermented this beer, that boasts Chinook, Cascade, Comet, and Azacca hops. The dry-hop? More Comet and Azacca, plus a subtle addition of coriander. Combine the flavor of that House Yeast with that lineup of hops, and everything screams winner here.
A mildly hoppy aroma full of grapefruit springs from this straw-colored, light-bodied ale. Flavors of pine and stone fruit balance the beer’s clean, slightly bitter finish.
Allagash Hoppy Table Beer is a 12 ounce bottle and draft offering, year-round starting in January, 2017.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Year-round
Debut: January, 2017
Image: Mat Trogner, Allagash brewing
Bell’s Hopslam season is upon us once again. The brewery is canning the delicious liquid this week. Here’s the packaging rundown.
Starting in 2016, the Comstock, Michigan based brewery started shipping Hopslam in cans for the first time, dropping bottles from the lineup. Laura Bell, president of Bell’s Brewery in Comstock, Michigan cites construction as the biggest reason you won’t find bottles of the hoppy offering in the near future.
Also dropped from the 2017 lineup are the 1.32 gallon mini-kegs, aka the “hangover maker”. That leaves 12 ounce cans and draft this year.
Bell’s Hopslam is an imperial IPA brewed with Michigan honey. The beer easily ranks among one of the brewery’s most popular offerings.
Counties in lower Michigan are starting to get Bell’s Hopslam this week.
Week of Jan. 9: Northern Michigan and the U.P., Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin
Week of Jan. 16: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Southern California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Virginia
Again, Bell’s Hopslam is a 12 ounce can and draft release in 2017.
Images via Bell’s Brewery.
Asheville, North Carolina based Burial Beer Co. will no longer distribute to South Carolina. The reason isn’t completely clear.
In a statement today, Burial had this to say:
Despite having a stellar relationship with our distributor and the independent retailers in SC, state law prevents a distributor (and thus the brewery, who is required by law to use a distributor) from refusing to sell a product to any licensed retailer that places an order for a given brewery’s beer, regardless of other concerns for the product’s well-being. We have decided that the enforcement of this law is contradictory to our business plan and our core values…
The brewery declined to give more details when reached for comment.
What we can conclude is that Burial Beer wants to deny sale of their product to a retailer or retailers, based on their preference, or concern on how the product is sold or served. However, state law in South Carolina states that neither Burial, nor Advintage (Burial’s distributor) can deny anyone the sale that orders the beer. This inability to refuse sales goes against Burial Beer’s business plan.
Due to this, we can only conclude that for this reason they are parting ways with South Carolina until the laws in this respect, change.
We want to thank the team at Advintage and their employees who each put in countless hours readying distribution in SC. We will continue to monitor the state laws and hope to be distributing down south someday in the future.
We’re pouring one out for you SC. We will miss you.
Burial Beer Co. is available in North Carolina, and very recently added Georgia distribution. No new distribution territories have been disclosed at the time of this article.
According to Brooklyn Brewery, being cool is a complicated thing. Perhaps unattainable if you try. It’s just something that you just are. Some people just experience a flash of cool. A fleeting moment. That’s where Brooklyn Bel Air Sour comes in. It’s intended to taste how cool feels. If just for a few moments. Whatever that means.
This month, Brooklyn Bel Air Sour will appear in 12 ounce bottles for the first time. Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver created the recipe, and Lab manger Drew Bombard used his specially cultivated thermophilic Lactobacillus bacteria souring culture. This particulur strain is very unique to the brewery and its fermentation processes. (In other words, you home brewers won’t be able to purchase this commercially.) The result is something cool and tart.
Brooklyn saw great success in the dry-hopped Bel Air Sour last summer – a hoppy and tart reward for months of hard work.
Simply put, Bel Air Sour tastes like being cool feels. It’s genuine, un-ironic, and surprisingly inviting. There’s a peachy, fruity tartness to it that feels like having someone compliment you on your choice of Hawaiian shirt. The eye-catching gold color turns your glass into a fashion statement.
Brooklyn Bel Air Sour debuts in 12 ounce bottles for the first time in January.
Style: American Wild Ale
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Bottle Debut: January, 2017
The Bruery White Chocolate, a decadent bourbon barreled beer brewed with vanilla beans, will be distributed for the first time in 2017.
The name might scream imperial stout, however the base beer is actually a wheat wine, aged 100% in bourbon barrels for a year with vanilla beans and cacao nibs. The Bruery affectionately refers to this beer as “white oak sap,” as it 100% bourbon barrel-aged and is the wheat wine component of now retired White Oak ale.
After nearly a year in used bourbon barrels, the beer comes out rich in coconut, honey, caramel and vanilla. To compliment the already rich flavors of this beer, we’ve added cacao nibs and fresh vanilla beans to give this beer the delicate flavor of white chocolate…hence the name.
Earlier we reported that the alcohol by volume of this beer was 16.6% (as stated on the brewery’s website.) The future release of this beer will be 13.8%, allowing most states to sell it.
The Bruery White Chocolate will be available in 750 milliliter bottles.
Style: Wheatwine (w/ Vanilla Beans, Cacao Nibs, Barrel Aged. Bourbon)
Availability: 750ml bottles
Current Distribution: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NJ, NV, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, RI, TX, VT, VA, WA, WI
Latest Return: Mid-2017
Image: Beer Street Journal
Ed Note: Corrected mention of “White Oak Sap” as it has never been released publicly. ABV was also updated.