Posted in Don't Miss This, Full Sail Brewing, New Releases

With a cherry on top. Full Sail Session Black Cherry Black debuts

Full Sail Session Black Cherry Black

Full Sail Session has iconic status in our book. The stubby bottled lager has a beer identity all its own. This winter it is joined by fruitier option –  Full Sail Session Black Cherry Black.

A few years ago, the Hood River, Oregon brewery added Session Black to the lineup. The year-round black lager is known for its roasty chocolate flavors. Starting this month, you can throw cherries into the mix.

Full Sail Session Black Cherry Black uses Session Black as the base beer, plus a dash of dark cherry flavor. The result is what the brewery describes as a cherry cordial.

This new Session is Session Black with a cherry on top – actually, it’s more like a cherry cordial without the brandy. The aroma and flavor of cherry complements the smooth chocolate character of this dark lager.” – Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter

Full Sail Session Black Cherry Black is available in 12 ounce bottles in the Session Series 12 Pack, and Session Mashup Variety Pack through April, 2017.

Style: Black Lager (w/ Black Cherries)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Jan-April
Debut: January, 2017

5.4% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, The Rare Barrel, Wicked Weed Brewing Co

Wicked Weed Happy Blending, a collab with The Rare Barrel date set

Wicked Weed Happy Blending

Wicked Weed Happy Blending, a collaboration with California based The Rare Barrel, is set to debut in February.

The Asheville based brewery has put together some pretty killer collaborations recently. In 2016,  it was Juiceless, a hoppy collab with Creature Comforts, which was followed by a wild/sour ale brewed with Switzerland’s Trois Dames. Fans also lusted over Red Atrial, a raspberry filled blend with Jester King.

Wicked Weed Happy Blending is the latest collaboration release, created with California’s The Rare Barrel. Both breweries are very well known for their barrel-aged sours. This release will be no different. Cellermen from each of the breweries travelled to the other’s home base and hand selected their favorite barrels. The chosen barrels were then combined with 3 pounds per gallon of nectarines and plums.

This collaboration is the brainchild of blenders from both Wicked Weed and The Rare Barrel breweries. Cellarmen travelled to one another’s breweries to select their favorite barrels from the others’ collection. They then combined the beer from these barrels with 3 lbs per gallon of nectarines and plums. This combination formed the perfect balance of character and flavor to represent each respective barrel house.

Wicked Weed Happy Blending will be a 500 milliliter bottle at the brewery on February 17th.

Style: American Wild/Sour Ale (w/ Nectarines, Plums.)
Availability: 500ml Bottles
Debut: 2/17/17

6.6% ABV

Posted in Headlines

Creature Comforts to open second facility in Athens

Athens, Georgia based Creature Comforts has maxed out production at their current facility. A second location is in the works.

The brewery has selected the historic Southern Mill complex on nearby North Chase Street for the second facility. The mill was originally built in 1900, and is currently being redeveloped into a mixed-use development.

The new location will add an additional 50,000 barrels of extra capacity, in addition to the 28,000 barrels being produced at the downtown location. (That’s around 2.4 million gallons of beer annually.) Creature Comforts notes that the expansion will bring 25,000 barrels of Tropicalia into production annually.

The second 36,000 square foot facility will house a 85 barrel, four vessel brewhouse from Steinecker, a 24-head rotary Krones canner, and an initial fermentation capacity of 50,000 barrels.

Creature Comforts is investing $8 million dollars in the new location. Ground breaking will occur in May, with completion in October, 2017.

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Belgium

Hoppy taste explosion. New Belgium Whizbang joins spring seasonals

New Belgium Whizbang

New Belgium Whizbang joins the Colorado/North Carolina powerhouse brewery’s lineup this month.

In case you missed the trend, New Belgium loves seasonals. So much so that new seasonals on average only stick around for 2 to 3 years. It’s not spring yet, but spring seasonals don’t pay attention to temperatures.

Billed as a “sessionable spring alternative”, New Belgium Whizbang is a hoppy blonde ale brewed with a heavy dose of Mosaic hops.

“Whizbang offers a blast of hops, thus the name, yet it’s still crisp and quaffable, It’s hoppy complexity and balanced drinkability makes it a great go-to beer for the late winter and early spring season.” – Bryan Simpson, media relations director for New Belgium.

New Belgium Whizbang, aka a “full flavored taste explosion”, is a 12 ounce bottle and draft offering from January to March, 2017.

Style: Blonde Ale
Hops: Nugget, Simcoe, UK Admiral, Mosaic, Centennial
Malts: Pale, Caramel 80, and Munich

Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Jan-March
Debut: January, 2017

 5.7% ABV

Posted in New Releases, The Veil Brewing

The Veil Brewing Never Sufficient (cherry gose) debuts

The Veil Brewing Never Sufficient

The Veil Brewing Never Sufficient, part of the brewery’s Limited Release Series, debuts today in cans.

Using Veil’s house gose (known as Never), the brewery added a “crap load” of Montmorency cherries and black lava salt. Beer Street Journal had a taste of this beer earlier this week. The finished beer is very bright, with a very fresh cherry flavor, and a subtle tart finish. The color is absolutely stunning.

The Veil Brewing Never Sufficient is available in 16 ounce cans, in 4 packs at the brewery in Richmond, Virginia. $16 dollars each.

Style: Gose (w/ Cherries, Black Lava Salt.)
Availability: 16oz Cans. Brewery release.
Debut: 1/17/17

?? ABV

The Veil Brewing Never Sufficient Tank

Veil Brewing co-founder Matt Tarpey pulls a sample of Never Sufficient (cherry gose) off the tank. PIC: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Coming Soon, Don't Miss This, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Hi Wire Brewing, Holy City Brewing, NOLA Brewing

More amazing artwork from Hi-Wire Brewing in new 12 pack

Hi-Wire Collaboration Pack

Asheville, North Carolina’s Hi-Wire Brewing has been absolutely killing it with the artwork. Don’t believe us? See Hi-Wire 10W-40 Imperial Stout. Coming in February is some more awesome artwork, found in the Hi-Wire Collaboration 12-Pack. If you’ve ever used a can of spray paint, or stepped foot in the paint section of a hardware store, you’ll find something familiar with this branding.

It has been a while since Hi-Wire has been able to collaborate with other breweries, thanks to the time it has taken to get settled in with their new production facility. When time opened up on the production schedule, they opted to go big.

The mixed pack features Hi-Wire teamed up with NOLA Brewing, Holy City Brewing (Charleston, SC), and Hardywood Park Craft Brewery (Richmond, VA), each creating three unique beers.

NOLA Brewing’s collaboration, Pimm’s Berliner Weisse, is based on the New Orlean’s favorite Pimm’s Cup drink. A Berliner Weisse brewed with juniper berries, orange peel, and cucumber. 4.2% ABV

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and Hi-Wire created Oatmeal Brown Ale, brewed with honey and black currants, 5% ABV.

Holy City co-owner Jeff Moreadith is a lover of lighter beers, as well as an Asheville resident. Together, they created Carolina Coastal Black Rye Lager using Seashore Black Rye, a malt grown outside Charleston, South Carolina.

The 12-pack will be rounded out with Hi-Wire’s flagship beers: Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPAHi-Wire Lager, and Hi-Wire Gose.

Look for Hi-Wire Collaboration 12-pack throughout the brewery’s entire distribution footprint in mid-February, 2017.

Posted in Don't Miss This, Flying Dog Brewing, New Releases

Beer & Civil War history meet in Flying Dog Dragon Lady

Flying Dog Dragon Lady

Flying Dog Dragon Lady American Saison debuts this month. A follow-up to another recent “historical” collaboration.

Last year, the Frederick, Maryland based brewery debuted Saw Bones, a beer inspired by the American Civil War.  The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is located in Flying Dog’s hometown – with an amazing story to tell.

Frederick, Maryland is right on the Mason-Dixon Line. During the very bloody war (over 600,000 died) both the Union and the Confederacy marched through the town during the Maryland campaigns. Ultimately, the town became home to several hospitals. The first release, Saw Bones, was an homage to the horrific amputations that frequently occurred during the war.

In this sequel, Flying Dog Dragon Lady honors the work of Dorothea “Dragon Lady” Dix. During the war, she served as the Superintendent of Nurses in the Union army. She was described as being fierce, compassionate, and stubborn; while working tireless to improve the welfare of the patients around her. After the war broke out in 1861, Dix convinced the army to create the first female nursing corps. She was very strict (it IS wartime), earning her the “dragon lady” moniker.

As for Flying Dog Dragon Lady, the base beer is a saison, brewed with wintergreen. The scrub has been used in medicine thanks to its “antirheumatic, antispasmodic, antiseptic and carminative properties”, as well as its ability to kill pain.

Flying Dog Dragon Lady will be available in 12 ounce bottles at both the brewery, and select northern Virginia locations.

Style: Saison (w/ Wintergreen)
Availability: 12oz Bottles. Limited.
Debut: January, 2017

5.4% ABV