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

Posted in Duclaw Brewing, Headlines

DuClaw releases donut inspired “Unicorn Farts” glitter beer this weekend

DuClaw Sour Me Unicorn Farts

When Beer Street Journal started 11 years ago, big, bitter imperial India pale ales and adjunct-free barrel-aged imperial stouts were all the rage. It’s 2019 we are a long way from there. A LONG way.

Growing up my sister had a Trapper Keeper with sparkly unicorns on it. She loved it so much she would hide it under her bed at night until she went to school the next day. Today, I’m reminded of that beloved binder, not because I’m reminiscing. Nope. It’s because I’m writing about a freaking beer. Two things I never thought would go together. Take second and meet Duclaw Sour Me Unicorn Farts.

The inspiration for this release comes from nearby, self-described  “Local as fu#k” Diablo Doughnuts, who makes a pastry called the “Unicorn Fart”. It’s a white frosted donut topped with Fruity Pebbles cereal, plus more frosting. Why the fu#k not?

So how do you make a beer inspired by this colorful plate of high blood sugar? Fruit and glitter. Handfuls and handfuls of edible glitter.

Somewhere the ridiculously creative American brewing landscape, a craft brewer found a way to combine beer and glitter. The result looks something like those squishy balls that kids get out grocery store vending machines. You don’t have to understand it. You just have to know it happened. When making a beer called “Unicorn Farts” it better damn well have glitter in it. Period.

I’m making a pretty safe assumption here. The donut that inspires this pretty freaking sweet and sugary. Knowing this, DuClaw Brewing made this beer sour to offset the circular blast of sugar. In the end, Sour Me Unicorn Farts is a tart beer, with glitter and Fruity Pebble-like fruit additions. The first beer fart we’ve ever actually wanted is here.

The first cans of DuClaw Sour Me Unicorn Farts will be available on Saturday, March 16th at the brewery in Baltimore. A portion of proceeds from the launch event for this beer will benefit The Pride Center of Maryland.

Expect distribution of this Trapper Keeper beer to start in April.

Style: Sour Ale (w/ Fruit. Edible Glitter.)
Availability: 16oz Cans
Debut: 3/16/19

?? ABV

Image: DuClaw Brewing

Posted in Beer News

Woman slams a 6-pack of Stella Artois in Target

Six pack of Stella Artois from Target? That’s fine, but you have to pay for it first.

The police department in Lathrop, California published to Facebook a story of a suspected shoplifter entered a local Target and filled a shopping cart with clothes and a 6-pack of Stella Artois. She then locked herself in the dressing room for an hour drinking the entire sixer.

After consuming the six beers, Johnson exited the store without paying for any items. She had over $200 worth of items in her possession.

That $10 dollar 6-pack will now cost her a bit more. Her bail was set at $60,000 dollars.