Posted in Coming Soon, Pontoon Brewing

Pontoon Brewing releases cocktail inspired ‘Kill the Pain’ in late July

Pontoon Brewing Kill the Pain

Pontoon Brewing Kill the Pain debuts in the Sandy Springs, Georgia based brewery on July 27th.

Opening their physical location earlier this year, the brewery has found great success with fruit kettle sours like Snozzberries Taste Like Snozzberries, and fruited IPAs like The Floor is Lava.

Coming later this month will be a new fruited concoction – Kill the Pain. If the name reminds you of the Painkiller cocktail, you’re right. Kill the Pain is a Berliner Weisse, brewed with toasted coconut, pineapple, mango, nutmeg, vanilla, and lactose. (The only thing missing is the rum, found in the signature drink.

Pontoon Brewing Kill the Pain will be available for pre-order starting July 25th, releasing on July 27th at a pig roast at the brewery.

Style: Berliner Weisse (w/ Toasted Coconut. Pineapple. Mango. Nutmeg. Vanilla. Lactose.)
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: 7/28/18

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Image: Pontoon Brewing

Posted in Beer News

Charlotte-area Bayne Brewing has closed

Bayne Brewing Closure

Charlotte, North Carolina based Bayne Brewing has closed its doors after 3.5 years.

The 1,400 square foot brewery started was opened by Chris Bayne in Cornelius. His passion for brewing started at home back in 2004. 1% of the brewery’s profits were donated to Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, a gorilla conservation fund. (Hence the gorilla logo.

The brewery announced their closure on Facebook.

Posted in Maui Brewing Company, New Releases

Maui Lilikoi Saison is a limited can release this month

Maui Lilikoi Saison

Maui Lilikoi Saison is being released in 12-ounce cans for the first time on July 16th.

The Hawaii-based brewery’s passionfruit laced saison has been available on draft for some time now. This month, the brewery is releasing cans for the first time.

Maui’s tasting notes include: “passionfruit, tropical and light and pleasant acidity”.

Special release events are planned for the can release on July 16th. Maui Lilikoi Saison is available in 12-ounce cans as a limited release.

Style: Saison (w/ Passionfruit)
Hops: Amarillo
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut (Cans): 7/16/18

5.5% ABV

Posted in Coming Soon, Headlines, Ommegang

Ommegang Game of Thrones Mother of Dragons up next in series

Ommegang Game of Thrones Mother of Dragons

Ommegang Game of Thrones Mother of Dragons joins the brewery’s Game of Thrones Series in late September.

As the world continues to wait on George RR Martin’s sixth book (for years now), as well as HBO’s 8th season of the live action show, Brewery Ommegang continues to deliver beers inspired by the series. This September is dedicated to the “Mother of Dragons” Daenerys Targaryen.

This release is a blend of a smoked porter and Belgian Kriek, meant to be a representation of smoke and fire, found in the wake of Daenerys as she fights for her place on the Iron Throne. Ommegang describes this release as having “a rich with tart cherry up front leading to a center palate of semi-sweet chocolate then resolving to subtle smoke and mild sweetness.”

“Mother of Dragons represents in beer one of our favorite characters from Game of Thrones. Daenerys’s ascent from obscurity has been one of the most inspiring storylines of the show, and we’re thrilled to release a blend that embodies the character traits that have underpinned that rise.” – Doug Campbell, Brewery Ommegang president.

Ommegang Game of Thrones Mother of Dragons will be available in 750-milliliter bottles starting on September 28th.

Style: Smoked Porter/Kriek Blend (w/ Cherries)
Availability:750ml Bottles

Debut: 9/28/18

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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 Coming Soon, Heavy Seas

Heavy Seas is releasing their first sour this week

Heavy Seas Raspberry Sour

Baltimore, Maryland based Heavy Seas Beer is debuting their first sour/wild ale on July 20th. 

American wild ales, especially sour ales have grown considerably over the past few years. However, not every brewery releases one. Heavy Seas is ready to drop their hat into the sour ring with this new raspberry heavy offering.

Heavy Seas Bière de Framboises is described as “tart, piquant, dry, and wine-like.” The Belgian-style base ale is brewed with 600 pounds of whole raspberries and soured with lactic acid over the past four months.

…this bright red brew has a surprising [sic] medium body and full mouthful with a delightfully quenching finish. Quelle surprise!

Heavy Seas Raspberry Sour debuts on Friday, July 20th on draft in the brewery’s taproom.

Style: American Wild/ Sour Ale (w/ Raspberries)
Availability: Draft Only
Debut: 7/20/18

5.75% ABV, 12 IBU

Posted in MIA Beer Company, New Releases

MIA Brewing Ultra Mix Imperial IPA finds cans for the first time

MIA Brewing Ultra Mix

MIA Beer Company Ultra Mix has been released by the Doral, Florida brewery in cans. 

Part of the brewery’s Limited Release Series. The imperial India pale ale is brewed with Simcoe, Citra and Galaxy hops, previously only available on draft.

16-ounce cans of Ultra Mix are available in the brewery’s taproom while supplies last.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Simcoe, Citra, Galaxy

Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Limited Rlease>
Debut: 7/12/18

9% ABV

Image: MIA Beer Company