Posted in Coming Soon, Creature Comforts

Creature Comforts Cucumber and Lime Tritonia is returning, biggest release to date

Creature Comforts Cucumber Lime Tritonia can

Creature Comforts Cucumber and Lime Tritonia will return in cans for only the second time starting in late-May.

In 2017, Cucumber and Lime Tritonia cans were finally released complimenting the popular draft offering. The base tart gose is brewed with coriander and sea salt, plus a blend of fresh lime and cucumber.

Thanks to the brewery’s added capacity at their second facility in their hometown of Athens, Georgia, there will be more cans of this release headed to distribution this year.

Creature Comforts Cucumber and Lime Tritonia is one of a few “Tritonia”  variants available during the year.12-ounce cans and draft will be available for a limited time starting May 21st.

Style: Gose (w/ Lime, Cucumber, Sea Salt, Coriander)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Limited Release.
Distribution: Athens/Atlanta
Latest Return: Week of May 21st, 2018

4.5% ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal

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

Maple syrup bourbon barrel-aged Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half is returning after 6 years

Founders Curmudgeon's Better-Half bottles

Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half, originally the third release in the brewery’s Backstage Series, returns in August.

The grumpy “Curmudgeon” on the label is best known for appearances on hiatus old ale by the same name. In February 2012, the brewery released Curmudgeon’s Better Half as a part of their Backstage Series, now known as the Barrel Aged Series.

Curmudgeon’s Better Half is the familiar old ale brewed with molasses and aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels. (Similar to Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout.) Fan demand prompted the return of this boozy treat.

Curmudgeon’s Better Half has become one of the most highly requested beers and for good reason. It’s damn good. You all have been very vocal in petitioning for its return and it would’ve been cruel for us to hold out any longer in delivering on that.

Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half will make its return in mid-August, in 750-milliliter bottles, as well as new 12-ounce bottles and draft.

Style: Old Ale (w/ Molasses. Maple Syrup Bourbon Barrel Aged.)
Availability: 750ml bottles, 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: February 2012
Latest Return: Mid August 2018

 

Posted in Creature Comforts, Seasonal Return

Small Batch Creature Comforts Galactic Space Circus returns

Creature Comforts Galactic Space

Creature Comforts Galactic Space Circus is returning to the brewery’s Tap Room Series again on May 18th.

This India pale ale is brewed with the high demand Galaxy hop – one the stars of their year-round Tropicalia, plus lactose milk sugar.

The flavor is bold with pineapple, mango, a touch of floral notes, and an orange Fanta finish.

Creature Comforts Galactic Space Circus will be available in 16-ounce cans when the brewery opens on Friday, May 18th at 3 pm.

Style: IPA (w/ Lactose)
Hops: Galaxy

Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Taproom Only.
Distribution: N/A

6.8% ABV

Image: Creature Comforts

Posted in Coming Soon, Elysian Brewing, Headlines

Elysian teams up with epic glam rockers Def Leppard

Elysian Def Leppard Pale Ale

Elysian Brewing and legendary band Def Leppard have a new musically inspired beer. Def Leppard Pale Ale debuts this summer.

The band is touring with another epic band Journey this summer, starting with Hartford, Connecticut on May 21st. Seattle, Washington is no stranger to music (or beer for that matter). In honor of Def Leppard’s Sheffield, England origin, the duo created an English-style pale ale brewed with English malts, and American-grown Pacific Northwest hops.

Def Leppard Pale is what happens when a mega British rock band collides with an American craft brewery. Both fanatics of their craft, Def Leppard and Elysian are excited to blend their worlds together, music and beer.

16-ounce cans of Elysian Def Leppard Pale Ale will be available in select tour cities starting on the band’s second stop on May 23rd in Albany, New York. The can design is a tribute to the 30th Anniversary of Def Leppard’s Hysteria album, known for epic songs like “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Love Bites”.

Style: Pale Ale
Hops: Cascade, Simcoe, Chinook, Magnum
Malts: 2 Row, Munich, Carahell, Acidulated

Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft
Debut: 5/23/18

6% ABV, 27 IBUs

Posted in Coming Soon, Ommegang

Ommegang Neon Rainbows will be the brewery’s first in-house can

Ommegang Neon Rainbows

Brewery Ommegang has announced the addition of a canning line to their Cooperstown, New York facility. Their first “in-house” cans will debut this month.

FX Matt Brewing has been assisting Ommegang with canning for the past two years. Witte Wheat Ale and Nirvana IPA, and Short Sleeve Saison have been distributed to New York state only.

Despite the brewery’s diverse portfolio of beers, Ommegang Neon Rainbows has been tapped for their inaugural home aluminum run. Neon Rainbows is just the second release in the brewery’s “Farmstead Series” of beers, following Hopstate NY IPA.

Transcending the Ommegang’s Belgian inspired traditions, Neon Rainbows is a double dry-hopped New England style IPA. Originally, Rainbows was brewed for ‘Belgium comes to Cooperstown Festival’, only to become a favorite with the brewery local and loyal. The big, juicy IPA features a hefty lineup of hops, including Magnum, Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, Centennial, and Topaz. The dank dry-hop lineup includes Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, and Topaz.

Bursting with juicy tropical fruit flavors and aromas and paired with a pillowy mouthfeel and low bitterness, Neon Rainbows is 6.6% ABV and 45 IBUs.

The only downside to this news? Ommegang Neon Rainbows is a brewery only release on May 26th.

Style: Hazy IPA
Hops: Magnum, Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, Centennial, Topaz
Availability: 16oz Cans. Brewery Only
Debut (Cans): 5/26/18

6.6% ABV, 45 IBUs

Posted in Headlines, New Releases

Get ready to drink like it’s the 90’s (again) Zima is returning to shelves

ZIma 2017

Last summer, MillerCoors re-released the popular 90’s clear malt beverage ‘Zima’. It was an overwhelming hit. Incidentally, the article announcing it’s return is the #1 most read article in Beer Street Journal’s 11-year history.

The beverage hit the market around 1994, and was an instant hit. We think of it like an alcoholic Crystal Pepsi. (Which, incidentally, is also back on shelves.) Fans would soak Jolly Ranchers and Skittles in the bottles for interesting fruity variations. Not that we would know. We just turned 21 yesterday.

The malt beverage was sold with the tagline “Zomething Different.” Which obviously prompted drunk folks to try to pronounce everything with a “Z” in front of it. Think of it like the “WAZZZZZZZUP” Budweiser commercials that debuted in 1999. It got a little annoying after a while.

“Last summer, Zima was the ultimate comeback kid. People were picking up a six-pack to relive their 90s memories, to stock up for theme parties, or to just see what all the fuss was about. So, when it was time to decide if we were going to bring it back, we thought ‘why wouldn’t we?” – Dilini Fernando, senior marketing manager, innovation

The brand officially died in 2008 in the United States, but it never left Japan. According to MillerCoors, the brand still does extremely well there. The Citrusy clear alcoholic beverage is only 5% alcohol by volume.

Weren’t old enough to drink Zima before it died in 2008? Summer of 2018 is your chance (again). 6 packs of the hit 90’s beverage are hitting shelves now.

Jolly Rangers not included.

Posted in Beer News, Rivertowne Brewing

Pittsburgh based Rivertowne Brewing has filed for bankruptcy protection

Rivertowne Brewing Lineup

Pittsburgh based Rivertowne Brewing has filed for bankruptcy protection according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

In the filings, the brewery owes $271,000 to the Pittsburgh Pirates, $103,000 to S&T Bank, plus other debts including rent, utilities, and more. In total, the brewery owes $637,372.58 to various companies.

Rivertowne Brewing was founded in 2002 and has since grown to include five locations around the Pittsburgh area.

According to the brewery, sales of their newest beers are strong, the employees will continue to be paid and the business will continue as normal as a new financial plan is created.

The brewery’s year-round beers include Hali Kahiki (Pineapple fruit beer), Grateful White (witbier), Jump! IPA, and Float Trip IPA.