Posted in New Releases, Ommegang

Ommegang’s first fruity, tropical beer ‘Fruition’

Ommegang Fruition

There’s a new fruity year-round offering hitting shelves nationally – Ommegang Fruition.

The base beer begins as Witte, an award-winning year-round offering. The wheat ale is dry-hopped, and turned tropical with the addition of mango, kiwi, and passionfruit. Ommegang touts this new release as “a tart, fruity, and hop-forward beer that is exceptionally drinkable”.

“As with every beer we brew, we strive to make all the elements blend together, and we think we’re succeeded in that quest with Fruition. Fruition is our first foray into the tropical fruit flavors that consumers find so appealing with New World hop varieties, and we look forward to feedback from fans.” – Phil Leinheart, brewmaster

Ommegang Fruition also features malted and unsalted wheat, oak flakes, sweet orange peel and coriander. Available in 12 ounces bottles and draft, year-round.

Style: Fruit Beer (w/ Passionfruit. Kiwi. Mango. Sweet Orange Peel. Coriander.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Year-round.
Distribution: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CT, CO, DE, FL, GA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, and Washington D.C.

Debut: June, 2017

5.3% ABV

Posted in Beer News, Don't Miss This

Dogfish Head among the first breweries to adopt “Indie” seal

Delaware based Dogfish Head will be among the first breweries in the U.S. to adopt this “Independent Craft” seal on their packaging.

Today, the Brewers Association, a not-for-profit trade group operating in the interests of small and independent craft breweries, announced a licensed “seal” designating a brewer’s independent status. If a brewery meets the BA’s definition of craft, they can obtain a free license to place on their packaged products.

Among the first will be Dogfish Head. The brewery’s founder Sam Calagione made a statement on the company’s website today, applauding the Brewers Association’s efforts.

Today, I’m happy to announce that as a proud, independent brewery ourselves, Dogfish Head is joining the Brewer’s Association in this effort. I am hopeful there will be thousands of other craft breweries from across the country that will join us in this effort to make it easy for consumers to know which beers are brewed by an independent craft brewer. We think this is important because the identity and integrity of the craft brewing community have come under attack in recent months and years as certain global brewing conglomerates attempt to influence and blur the lines between their brands and those that continue to deliver innovation, imagination and community investment here in America. – Sam Calagione

The seal is a response to decreased transparency in ownership by some of America’s breweries, brought on by brewery acquisitions by major companies like Anheuser-Busch.

Expect Dogfish Head’s packaging to reflect the new seal in the coming months.

Posted in Don't Miss This, Great Divide, New Releases

Year-Round tartness. Great Divide Strawberry Rhubarb goes national

Great Divide Strawberry Rhubarb

Great Divide Strawberry Rhubarb is being added to the brewery’s core lineup this month. Previously released as a specially offering in the past.

Fans of Great Divide might remember this beer as ‘Demeter’ back in 2013. The American sour/wild ale has always seen lines of folks wanting a taste at the brewery’s anniversary parties.

“…It took some time to figure out how to brew bigger batches of it given the incredible amount of fruit and extra labor required but we’re excited to finally be able to release this beer into our year-round lineup.” – Brian Dunn, Great Divide Founder

Great Divide Strawberry Rhubarb will be available in 22 ounce bottles and draft, year-round. Look for it on shelves nationally in July.

Style: American Wild/Sour Ale (w/ Strawberries. Rhubarb.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: Late June/July, 2017

6.2% ABV

Posted in Headlines

The Brewers Association is launching a “Independent Brewer” seal

Brewers Association Independent Brewers Seal

The Brewers Association, a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent breweries in America, is launching a new “official seal” designating a brewery’s independence.

In a world where brewing giants like Anheuser-Busch InBev are purchasing craft breweries, the Brewers Association asserts that the general public is losing ownership transparency. The implementation of a seal is intended to clean up that confusion.

“As Big Beer acquires former craft brands, beer drinkers have become increasingly confused about which brewers remain independent. Beer lovers are interested in transparency when it comes to brewery ownership. This seal is a simple way to provide that clarity—now they can know what’s been brewed small and certified independent.” – Bob Pease, president & CEO, Brewers Association

This new seal is available free of charge to the 5,300+ American craft breweries that are federally licensed, meet the Brewers Association craft brewer definition, and sign a license agreement.

A few numbers to consider. The United States is home to more than 5,300 breweries. Independent craft brewers account for 99% of that total. Their sales on the other hand, are just 12% of the total U.S. beer sales.

Breweries wanting to implement this new seal can find more deals at BrewersAssociation.org/seal.

Posted in NoDa Brewing, Seasonal Return

Noda Good Will Hopping is back in hazy action

Noda Good Will Hopping

Noda Good Will Hopping is back in the brewery’s lineup again on June 30th.

The “New England Style” IPA is of course hazy, and full of Citrus, Simcoe, CTZ and Summit hops.

“there’s a satisfying level of bitterness on top of a dry and simple malt bill.” – Co-owner Todd Ford

Noda Good Will Hopping will be available in 16 ounce cans and draft starting Friday, June 30th.

Style: IPA
Hops: Citra, Simcoe, CTZ, Summit
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Latest Return: 6/30/17

7.4% ABV

Posted in AleSmith Brewing, Coming Soon, Don't Miss This

Alesmith is making 40oz bottles, with the band Sublime (in July)

Alesmith Sublime Mexican Lager 40oz

Two southern California pioneers are teaming up this spring. Music and beer fuse in forthcoming Alesmith Sublime Mexican Lager.

Unless you’ve been living under rock, you’ve heard the musical stylings of SoCal’s Sublime, best known for the song “Santeria” and “What I Got”. 2017 marks the 25th Anniversary of the band’s debut album 40oz to Freedom? The duo is celebrating accordingly.

When you hail from Southern California and are celebrating an album called 40oz to Freedom, what do you brew? A Mexican-style lager. In 40 ounce bottles.

You don’t see a lot of “40s” in craft brewing. When Alesmith’s owner Peter Zien sat down with the band, he learned Sublime has an affinity for the Vienna-style lager (brewed heavily in Mexico, aka Mexican Lager). The style is very crisp and clean, finishing slightly sweet. A fitting style for sunny SoCal weather, or tailgating for a concert.

“It doesn’t taste like anything else. The flavor is great and it has a craft beer flare with a true Mexican lager taste. This is the one!” – Sublime co-founder Bud Gaugh. “

The 40 ounce bottles are a special release, sold as ticket pre-order on July 8th, on sale July 15th. The keg tapping party with include drummer Bud Gaugh, and DJ PRODUCT 1969c, who worked on Sublimes Robbin’ The Hood album.

Alesmith Sublime Mexican Lager will be available in 12 ounce cans and draft year-round starting in June, 2017.

Style: Vienna Lager
Availability: 12oz Cans, 40oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut (40oz Bottles): July, 2017
Cans: August, 2017

5.2% ABV

Image: AleSmith Brewing

Posted in New Releases, The Veil Brewing

Huge on Citra hops: The Veil Brewing We We Ded Ded

The Veil Brewing We We Ded Ded

Meet another huge India pale ale. The Veil Brewing We We Ded Ded debuts today in Richmond, Virginia.

The base beer starts as We Ded Mon, a 100% Citra hopped imperial IPA. The variable on this 11% alcohol by volume monster is double dry-hopped, again with citra hops.

The Veil Brewing We We Ded Ded is available in 16 ounce cans starting at 4 pm on June 27th.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Citra

Availability: 16oz Cans
Debut: 6/27/17

11% ABV