Posted in Headlines, New Belgium

Truly a dank IPA? New Belgium The Hemperor ships in April, brewed with hemp

New Belgium The Hemperor

New Belgium The Hemperor, an India pale ale brewed with hemp, debuts in April.

India pale ales have always been hot in craft beer, but lately, their popularity has skyrocketed. You can thank new strains of dank hops, the New England IPA trend, even cheaper ways for small breweries to can their lineup. New Belgium is always experimenting with the green hop-star, but this time the green is a little different.

New Belgium got started in Colorado, known for scenic mountains, breweries and most recently – legal weed. That legal green has given New Belgium the inspiration for what they believe is a new style of IPA, brewed with hemp.

The brewery has developed a way to recreate the terpene flavors in hemp seeds. Terpenes are hydrocarbons derived from the essential oils of the hemp plants. They are major components of resin. Terpenes give plants their aroma, taste and even color. Those potent hemp seed flavors, plus hand selected hop varieties, promise a truly new and unique “HPA” (hemp IPA).

You’ve probably heard weed referred to as “dank”. You most certainly have heard that term used to describe hops. New Belgium is fusing the two flavors and aromas into one “dank” beer.  It is important to note, hemp seeds and other products are not legally allowed to contain the cannabinoid known as THC (Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol) in them. Any trace of this would be so small it would take an exorbitant amount of consumption to even remotely show up on drug tests, etc. The Hemperor uses the terpenes or essence of hemp, not the cannabinoid THC.

…we found a unique way to recreate hemp terpene flavors in a beer, which complement the inclusion of hop flavors and hemp hearts (seeds) in a brand new, delicious way—not to mention this beer is extremely dank! The flavors and aromas are so unique that it’s a style unto itself, hence HPA®.

New Belgium The Hemperor will start shipping in April, in 12-ounce bottles and draft.

Style: IPA (w/ Hemp)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: April 2018

7% ABV

Posted in New Realm Brewing, New Releases

New Realm Hoplandia IPA will soon hit distro

New Realm Hoplandia IPA

New Realm Hoplandia IPA won’t be a draft-only offering much longer. The brewery is canning the flagship offering this month.

Atlanta, Georgia based New Realm Brewing opened their doors on the city’s beltline in January. In a few short weeks, Hoplandia IPA is assuming the role of “flagship status” already.


Mitch Steele hails from the hoppy American West Coast, making that influence undeniable in every sip. Warrior, Simcoe, and Centennial hops blossom with every sip. Think citrus, peaches, and orange zest. No, don’t ask if it’s hazy. Ironically, Steele denies any “coast” claiming with Hoplandia:

Hoplandia is no ordinary IPA. It’s not confined to the style of the West Coast, East Coast or whatever coast. This lush IPA is something sublimely different and now in cans, more Atlantans will be able to experience Hoplandia for themselves.

All coasts aside, New Realm Hoplandia IPA, as well as Euphonia PIlsner, will soon be available in 12-ounce cans at the brewery, as well as Georgia distribution as we head into April.

Style: IPA
Hops: Centennial, Warrior, Simone
Malts: Pale, Pilsner, Crystal

Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round
Debut (Cans): March 2018

7.3% ABV, 75 IBUs

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Posted in Coming Soon, Don't Miss This, New Realm Brewing

There’s a new pilsner in cans in the southeast: New Realm Euphonia

New Realm Euphonia Pilsner

New Realm Euphonia Pilsner is being canned for the first time this month.

In the two short months that Atlanta’s New Realm Brewing has been opened, two beers have become headliners – Hoplandia IPA and Euphonia Pilsner. While one has brewmaster Mitch Steele’s hoppy west coast fingerprints all over it, the pilsner leans a bit more traditional.

RELATED: Inside New Realm in Atlanta

Steele uses Hersbrucker, Huell Melon, Saphir and Sterling hops on a German malt “blackboard”. The finished beer is the beautifully smooth, dangerously drinkable, delightfully crisp pilsners that is hard to put down. (Ed. note: we haven’t left the brewery drinking less than at least four each time.)

“… Euphonia Pilsner, our refreshing, easy sipping pils has been a favorite amongst our brewers and guests at our bar.” Mitch Steele, Co-Founder & Brewmaster

Today the brewery is hard at work canning Euphonia PIlsner for the first time. 12-ounce cans of the crisp pilsner will be available at the brewery first, with distribution to follow in April 2018.

Style: Pilsner
Hops: Huell Melon, Saphir, Sterling
Malts: German Pilsner

Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round
Debut (Cans): March 2018

5% ABV, 30 IBUs

Posted in New Releases, Saint Arnold Brewing

New Year-Round Release: Saint Arnold Orange Show

Saint Arnold Orange Show

Saint Arnold Orange Show has been added to the Houston, Texas-based brewery’s year-round lineup this month.

The base beer is a blonde ale, brewed with fresh blood oranges. 2,200 pounds of puree to be exact. That’s around a half a pound of puree per gallon.

A strong citrus aroma comes from the purée added during fermentation and the Centennial and Citra hops. The combination of sweet and slightly tart flavors make it a balanced, light bodied beer.

Saint Arnold Orange Show is named for a folk art monument in Houston’s East End Neighborhood. The 3,000 square foot structure was designed by the late Jefferson Davis McKissack, a Houston postal worker.

Orange Show is available in 12-ounce cans and draft in Texas and Louisana, year-round starting in March 2018.

Style: Blonde Ale (w/ Blood Oranges.)
Hops: Centennial, Citra
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round
Distribution: TX, LA

Debut: March 2018

5.3% ABV

Image: Saint Arnold

Posted in New Releases, Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Enjoy By IPA is back on shelves (Drink by 4.20.18)

Stone Enjoy By 4.20.18

The latest “devastatingly fresh” Stone Enjoy By IPA is hitting shelves – Enjoy By 4.20.18.

The Escondido, California based brewery launched the “fresh” series back in 2012 with this imperial India pale ale. The beer is packaged and shipped within 24 hours, and meant to be consumed by the date on the bottle. (Which is less than 40 days.) Since then, a new definition of fresh IPA has been born.

To date, the “Enjoy By” series has expanded to include Unfiltered IPA, Coffee Chocolate IPA, Enjoy By Black IPA, and Tangerine IPA.

This devastatingly dank stash of our dry-hopped, hop-bursted double IPA won’t last long. Get your hands on this dank, golden beauty before everyone else gets wind of it.

Stone Enjoy By 4.20.18 is available by mid-March nationally, in 12-ounce bottles, 22-ounce bottles, and draft.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Nugget, Super Galena, Simcoe, Delta, Target, Amarillo, Cascade, Galaxy, Citra, Nelson Sauvin,Motueka, Helga
Availability: 12oz, 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: March 2018

9.4% ABV

Ed note: This article will serve as the primary source for each return Stone Enjoy By IPA going forward. Bookmark it for the latest offering. 

Posted in Coming Soon, Wild Heaven Craft Beers

Strawberry & Mint highlight new Wild Heaven Laissez Fraise

Wild Heaven Laissez Fraise

Wild Heaven Laissez Fraise will emerge from the brewery’s “Wild Wild Heaven” series this weekend.

Strawberries and mint highlight this new wild ale blend.

For Lassiez Fraise, we selected a handful of barrels that received fresh strawberries and a smaller number which had received fresh mint for blending. The result is an unexpected mingling of subtle, beautiful flavors, unlike anything we’ve ever made.

Wild Heaven Laissez Fraise will be available in 500-milliliter bottles. Limited to a run of 300.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Strawberries. Mint. Wine Barrel Aged.)
Availability: 500ml Bottles
Debut: 3/17/18

?? ABV

Image: Wild Heaven

Posted in Headlines

The Brewers Association releases “Top 50” for 2017

The Brewer’s Association, the not-for-profit trade group that represents small and independent craft brewers has releasd the annual “Top 50” list for 2017.

In the craft segment, Yuengling still holds the #1 spot in sales volume, followed by Boston Beer, Sierra Nevada, and New Belgium. New to the top 5 is Duvel Moortgat, which includes Firestone Walker, Ommegang, and Boulevard Brewing.

RELATED: Top U.S. Breweries in 2016

You’ll see a name on this list after acquisitions that closed in 2016. CANarchy, The Craft Brewery Collective checks in at #9,  funded by Fireman Capital Partners. The group includes Oskar Blues, Cigar City Brewing, Perrin Brewing, Wasatch and Squatters Craft Beer.

Below you’ll see the Top 50 brewing companies in the United States overall, by sales volume. No surprise, AB InBev still holds the #1 spot, followed by Miller Coors. Constellation has bumped Pabst from the #3 spot.

In contrast, the largest craft brewery Yuengling appears 6th in overall volume.