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Stone looks to make a strong political statement with ‘I’M PEACH’ Double IPA

Stone I'M PEACH Double IPA

Stone Brewing looks to make a political statement in 2018. Stone I’M PEACH Double IPA is coming next year. 

We live in turbulent times. The United States is more polarized politically then it has in years. By the looks of it, Stone Brewing will be making a bold political statement in the form of a beer – Stone I’M PEACH Double IPA.

Related: 5 Rabbit Chinga tu Pelo, an Anti-Trump beer

In case you missed the not subtle note in the name – I’M PEACH aka IMPEACH. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out they are alluding to President Trump. Read the allusion in the beer’s description:

It’s what a lot of us are thinking. We want to shout I’M PEACH from the rooftops. Yet, we’re afraid of the potential alienation from select peach-hating members of our friends and family. We want to call fro and I’M PEACH, but we’re afraid that we’ll look soft. Peach soft, like some freedom hating sissy, right? Nope. Not in our world. We know peaches are for the righteous. We’ve seen the light of their sweet juicy glory and how they pair excellently with the standup character of an American IPA. It’s not just right for you, it’s right for the country. You’re proud of our beautiful nation. You support good taste. Have an I’M PEACH party and we’ll unite hops, peaches, and each other.

Not much subtlety found there.

While presidential impeachment is not currently on the calendar, Stone I’M PEACH Double IPA is slated for release in May, 2018.

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Hoppy hockey collaboration: Mikkeller NYC Filthy Flow IPA

Mikkeller NYC Filthy Flow IPA

Mikkeller NYC Filthy Flow IPA, a collaboration with Buffalo-based Thin Man Brewery, debuts on December 15th.

It’s hockey season, which means the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Rangers are battling it out in pursuit for the coveted Stanley Cup. Incidentally, the teams face off against one another outdoors on New Year’s Day. In honor of the ensuing chilly bloodbath, Mikkeller NYC is releasing Filthy Flow IPA, in collaboration with their Sabres backing opponents, Thin Man Brewery.

The India pale ale features the biggest names in hops, including Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic and Galaxy.

RELATED: Mikkeller to build in New York City

Mikkeller NYC Filthy Flow IPA will be available at the New York City and Buffalo bars starting December 15th, as well as Citi Field during the outdoor game. (Which is also the home to Mikkeller NYC’s Citi Field Brewery that will open in 2018.

Style: IPA
Availability: 16oz Cans
Debut: 12/15/17

?? ABV

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Dogfish Head Dragons & YumYums, a collaboration with The Flaming Lips debuts next year

Dogfish Head Dragons & YumYums

Dogfish Head Dragons & YumYums, a collaboration with the band The Flaming Lips, is coming in 2018.

Delaware based Dogfish Head is no stranger to musical collaborations. Previous releases include Bitches Brew inspired by Miles Davis, American Beauty with the Grateful Dead, and Beer Thousand with Guided By Voices. (Don’t forget the collaboration with Pearl Jam, Deltron 3030 as well.) The next musical inspiration is coming in 2018 – Dogfish Head Dragons & YumYums with The Flaming Lips.

Most everyone knows The Lips thanks to their 1993 hit, “She Don’t Use Jelly”. Their elaborate and over-the-top shows and known eccentricity makes partnering with the original “Off-Centered” folks at Dogfish Head.

Dragons & YumYums is billed as a “lip smacking” tart pale ale brewed with dragonfruit, yumberry, passionfruit, pear juice and black carrot. This is no simple fruit ale.

“Our brewery has been obsessed with music since the day we opened, and we have enjoyed every opportunity to weave together the art of brewing with our love of music, as often and meaningfully as we can.” – Sam Calagione, CEO and founder

Expect Dogfish Head Dragons & YumYums to debut in April, 2018.

Style: Fruit Beer (w/ Dragonfruit. Yumberry. Passionfruit, Pear Juice. Black Carrot.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: April, 2018

6.5% ABV

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Scofflaw Brewing partners with Brewdog

Brewdog Scofflaw

Atlanta based Scofflaw Brewing has formed a one-year partnership with BrewDog Ohio.

Scofflaw Brewing opened on Atlanta’s Westside in July of 2016. The fan demand hasn’t let up since. Co-founder Matt Shirah & Travis Herman make beer for Georgia, and as they have learned, keep up has been tough. Luckily, there’s a Scottish brewery that has just settled stateside that has offered to help.

Scofflaw has signed a one-year deal with Ohio-based BrewDog, acquired exclusive access to some of the new brewery’s excess brewery and canning capacity. These cans are destined for one place – their Georgia home.

“James and Tim have offered us a bridge, one that will allow us to radically improve our canning capacity and capabilities. We can, no pun intended, continue to produce beer and simultaneously build out our third expansion.  We are also working to develop our own, more sophisticated Atlanta-based canning operation. Our current draft production facility and tasting room will stay in place and where it belongs, on Atlanta’s Westside.”- Scofflaw co-founder Matt Shirah

Since opening, Scofflaw has undergone “three expansions” says Jonathan Ingram, Media Relations for the brewery. The first added three 60-barrel fermentation tanks and one bright tank in late spring. The second added three 90-barrel fermentation tanks + one bright tank in July, and the third is a new 50-barrel brewhouse, eight 100-barrel tanks and bright tanks for build-out by March 1st, 2018. This expansion will increase Scofflaw’s annual capacity to 30,000 barrels (nearly a million gallons of beer annually).

This partnership will include a new collaboration beer between Brewdog and Scofflaw, as well as Scoffaw’s beer being poured in Brewdog’s restaurant in Ohio.

Scofflaw’s first Brewdog produced cans will hit the Atlanta market in late January, early February 2018.

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Creature Comforts Koko Buni is coffee, meets chocolate (and returns this month)

Creature Comforts Koko Buni can

Creature Comforts Koko Buni, the brewery’s coveted milk porter, returns to cans this month. 

One of the first seasonals by the Athens, Georgia based brewery, Creature Comforts Koko Buni is a milk porter, aged on toasted coconut and cocoa nibs  Condor Chocolates and coffee from nearby 1000 Faces. This late fall seasonal has been overwhelmingly popular since its debut a few years ago. We’ve seen fistfights over Koko cans at retailers.

“We decided not to be traditional with the beer and add some ingredients that play well with the already roasty and chocolatey flavors of darker beers.” -Co-Founder and Head Brewer David Stein.

Coffee lovers will find a home here.  Koko Buni starts heavy on the 1000 Faces coffee, and turns chocolatey mid-sip, finishing with a wisp of coconut. (Perhaps a bit less coconut compared to past releases.)

Creature Comforts Koko Buni will be a seasonal draft and 12-ounce can offering.

Style: Milk Porter (w/ Cocoa Nibs, Coffee, Toasted Coconut, Lactose.)
Availability: Draft, 12oz Cans
Distribution: Athens & Atlanta, Georgia (Very Limited)
Latest Return: November 2016

6.8% ABV

Koko means coconut in Papiamento, a common language in parts of the Carribean, while Buni means coffee in Swahili, a common language in southeastern Africa. Image: Beer Street Journal 

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Dilly Dilly. Budweiser sends medieval cease & desist letter

Modist Bud Light Cease & Desist

Anheuser Busch InBev is notorious for their litigious nature. The brewing giant has served numerous cease and desist letters to everyone from wineries, coffee roasteries, to craft breweries. This week, AB served a new cease & desist letter, this time to Modist Brewery in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Instead of the usual legal correspondence, Anheuser Busch had a little fun with it.

Dilly, Dilly! The nonsensical catchphrase that has swept the nation thanks to the latest Bud Light commercial, spoken by a king in a medieval setting. (Think of it like the WAZZZZUP commercials that started airing in 1999.)

Modist Brewing Company saw “Dilly Dilly” as a name for their Mosaic imperial IPA. That caught the eye of Budweiser’s attorneys. Instead of a simple c&d letter, Bud got creative. As the beer tapped on December 1st, enter a “medieval scribe who read the desist letter from an actual scroll, asking that Dilly Dilly be a limited edition release. Then, offered two tickets to the 2018 Super Bowl. The letter reads:

Dear Friend of the Crown, Modest Brewing Company

Congratulations on the launch of your new brew, “Dilly Dilly” Mosaic Double IPA. Let it be known that we believe that any beer that is shared between friends is a fine beer indeed and we are truly flattered by your loyal tribute. However, “Dilly Dilly” is the motto of our realm, so we humbly ask that you keep this to a limited edition, one-time only run. This is by order of the King, disobedience will result with additional scrolls. Then, a formal warning. And finally, a private tour of the pit of misery. Please send a raven, letter or electronic mail to let us know that you agree to this request. Also, we will be in your citadel of Minneapolis for the Super Bowl nd would love to offer two thrones to said game for two of your finest employees to watch the festivities and enjoy a few Bud Lights on us.

Yours Truthfully, Bud Light

That’s a hell of a way to take the high road if you ask us.

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