Posted in New Releases, Wild Leap Brew Co.

Wild Leap Alpha Abstraction 6, brewed with Lotus hops

Wild Leap Alpha Abstraction 6

Wild Leap Alpha Abstraction 6 is hitting shelves now, the 6th formulation of the brewery’s popular imperial IPA.

Earlier this year, we finally tried our first Alpha Abstraction (#5) from Wild Leap and were thoroughly impressed. As some folks have probably learned the hard way, just because your IPA is hazy, it doesn’t make it good. Wild Leap’s Alpha Abstraction Series is exactly what have come to expect (and want) from this style.

We shouldn’t have wait until the 5th release to try Wild Leap Alpha Abstraction

Since this series is ever-changing, you’ve missed your shot at AA #5, but coming in hot is Alpha Abstraction #6, brewed with Lotus hops. Wild Leap states this release boasts vanilla, berry, and orange flavors, finishing with a soft bitterness.

Wild Leap Alpha Abstraction 6 is available in 12-ounce cans and draft for a limited time.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Lotus

Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: Late March 2019

8% ABV

Posted in Beer News

Shelton Brother’s The Festival heads to Buffalo in 2019

Shelton Brothers The Festival Buffalo

Shelton Brothers and Rhizome Productions announced today that The Festival is headed to Buffalo, New York this fall.

The event runs Friday and Saturday, October 4-5, 2019.

The Festival is a one-of-a-kind annual gathering of the world’s greatest and smallest artisanal beer, cider, and mead makers, all of whom travel to The Festival to enhance the experience.

The Festival changes its location every year. In the past, it has been held in Worcester, MA, Portland, ME, Los Angeles, CA,  St. Petersburg, FL; Louisville, KY; and Denver, CO.

Posted in New Releases, The Bruery

The Bruery Icky Thump, a Mikerphone Brewing collab hits Cali

The Bruery Icky Thump

It started in Chicago, and now California has their shot at a taste. The Bruery Icky Thump, a collaboration with Chicago’s Mikerphone Brewing debuts in the Sunshine State.

“A massive imperial stout” pretty much sums up this release, which was initially brewed with California-based Portola Coffee Chicago. Incidentally, for the Cali release, The Bruery used Chicago coffee, from Tugboat Coffee.

Our version of Icky is a silky, creamy, coffee bomb of a beer… – The Bruery

The Bruery Icky Thump is available in 16-ounce cans and draft starting March 20th.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Coffee.)
Availability: 16oz Cans
Debut: 3/20/19

11% ABV

Image: The Bruery

Posted in Genesee Brewing Company, Headlines, Other Half Brewing

Genesee Cream Ale, meet Other Half Brewing

Genesee Dream Ale

Cream Ale is a uniquely American style. Sure, the American IPA might be the envy of the world’s brewing community, but it didn’t start in the United States. Let’s talk about one of the most well-known – Genesee Cream Ale.  First introduced in 1960, “Genny Cream” might be the most recognizable for the style out there.

Here’s something you didn’t expect. A dry-hopped edition the decades-old cream ale, a collaboration with New York’s Other Half Brewing.

Other Half’s fame was born in New York City. As far as we know, the lines for Other Half beers are pretty much a standard, 24 hours a day. The brewery is in the process of opening a new 20-line taproom in Rochester, New York and ahead of they have teamed up with Genesee Brewery.

Cream Ale now has a sibling, Dream Ale. Using the classic Genesee Cream Ale recipe, the brewing teams added oats and dry-hopped it with a “massive dose” of Citra hops.

We are huge fans of the all-time NY classic Cream Ale and couldn’t imagine a better way to pay respect to the historic brewing traditions of Rochester while putting an OH twist on an all-time favorite recipe. – Other Half Brewing

Genesee Dream Ale will be available in 16-ounce cans at the Genesee Brewery on Friday, March 22nd starting at 11 am.

Style: Cream Ale
Hops: Citra

Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Limited (170 Cases)
Debut: 3/22/19

4.6% ABV

Posted in Beer News

Brewing Up Savings for Your Business (Promoted)

Aprio Brewery Tax Incentives

There are two things in life nobody should ever say no to – free beer and free money. While Aprio doesn’t brew beer, we can brew up some serious savings for your business. 

Research & Development (R&D) tax credits are a quick way to put money back in your pocket, but most brewers have no idea that their businesses can claim them—that’s money left on the table that’s rightfully yours. The crazy thing is: brewers perform activities every day that qualify for an R&D credit—nothing you do needs to change. 

Every time you experiment with a new formula, play around with eclectic ingredients, or experiment with different strains of yeast or types of hops, you’re doing R&D. Every time you adjust your production or canning process to make it cheaper, faster or better, you’re doing R&D, and the costs of this labor, ingredients and other supplies can all be taken into consideration for the credit.

We have extensive and expert experience in this industry and have helped several breweries recapture their hard-earned dollars. We can do the same for you, with minimal cost and minimal disruption to your routine. Why pay that money to the IRS when you can use it to reinvest in your company? Even if you aren’t paying taxes just yet, you could still get some cash back to do with what you please.

It’s a pretty simple question – do you want some free money? Let us buy you a beer and see how we can help you.

Contact Adam Beckerman, Partner-in-Charge or Manufacturing & Distribution at Aprio at [email protected] or 404-898-7542.

Posted in Seasonal Return, Ska Brewing

Ska Mexican Logger seasonal release marks 20 years

Ska Mexican Logger

It may not look like spring in Durango, Colorado, but the return of Ska Mexican Logger means it’s close.

While Mexican lagers have increased in popularity in recent years, Ska Brewing has been releasing this beer since 1999. That’s longer than half the craft breweries in the United States have been around. The brewery touts this as Colorado’s first craft lager in a can when it hit aluminum in 2011.

The 5% alcohol by volume lager is brewed with a lager yeast strain from Mexico City – the same strain that also ferments Ska’s Rue B. Soho Grapefruit.

Crisp, clean, and refreshing — made for hot afternoons with a side of lime.

Ska Mexican Logger is available in 12-ounce cans and draft from March 20th through Summer 2019.

Style: Vienna Lager
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft Seasonal Release.
Distribution: Colorado, Arizona, Southern California, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Utah.

5% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, EPIC Brewing Company

Epic Rosé Sour Ale is a triumph of a wine-inspired wild ale

Epic Rose Sour Ale

There are plenty of rośe inspired beers in the beer market right now. While they almost incorporate grapes, Epic Brewing Rośe, from the brewery’s Oak & Orchard Series, achieves a rose flavor with strawberries and an “epic” house mixed culture wild ale.

Epic Brewing’s sour program continues to impress us. Recent Oak & Orchard releases like Strawberry Rhubarb, and Pink Guava were some of the best American wild ales we tried at Beer Street Journal in 2018. (Incidentally, their Quadruple Barrel Baptist was one of our 2018 favorites as well.) Rośe Ale truly keeps this impressive flavor journey alive and well into a new year.

Strawberries, hibiscus, and rose hips are part of the approach for Epic Rośe. Each sip is a wash of oaky tart strawberry flavors, with a light, lingering floral aroma on your palate. The rose hips and hibiscus are perfectly subtle. This might be more enjoyable the sipping actual rośe wine. Far less sugary, and in our opinion, far more complex than any pink wine you’ll find at the same price point.

American wild ales grow in popularity in the United States every year.  If you don’t know what to look out for,  let us help. Don’t dare sleep on Epic’s Oak & Orchard Series. We fought over the last sips of Pink Guava, and sipping this Rośe Ale in the sun with hints of spring in the air made for a downright poetic drinking experience.

We can’t wait to see what the brewery does next 🔥.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Rose Hips. Hibiscus. Strawberries. Oak Aged.)
Hops: Tettnang
Malts: Pilsner, White Wheat, Spelt, Flaked Oats

Availability: 12.7oz Bottles
Debut: February 2019

7.1% ABV