Posted in Headlines, Seasonal Return

Surly Darkness 2017 is still everything death metal & damn delicious

Surly Darkness 2017

Surly Darkness 2017 releases on October 21st. Here’s your sneak peek.

2006 saw the first batch of Surly Darkness. As the story goes, one-morning brewery founder Omar Ansari showed up on a weekend to get some work done to find folks standing outside. They wanted Darkness. A line for beer was weird back in 2006.

Now, 11 years later, Surly Darkness Day has become one of the “must attend” events in craft beer. Thirsty people travel from all over the country to see the darkest of metal bands and sip Russian imperial stout as the leaves change. It’s like a damn greeting card, but with strong beer and double bass kicks.

Tomorrow, this big bottle of metal is unleashed again.

As we sit barstool-deep in the Craft Beer Gold Rush, a line for an in-demand beer outside your local brewery’s door is not uncommon.  In 2006, it was fucking weird. And great.

Surly Darkness is anything but a simple Russian imperial stout. The 22-ounce bottles sport some of the darkest, most sinister labels in the industry that change every year. Seriously, if Rob Zombie had an art event at The Louvre, we think it would look like 11 years of these beer labels.

Darkness has set a high bar for the style in just over a decade. This year’s release is right on point with the flavors that have garnered such a loyal following. Each sip is wash of dark chocolate and a touch of coffee, with hints of raisins and dark fruit, finishing with a smooth boozy heat. Put the pumpkins down, this is the flavor of an upper mid-west fall. Drinking a Darkness is a basically a required merit badge for the craft beer drinker.

Surly Darkness 2017 is a limited 22-ounce bottle release at the brewery in Minnesota. The line starts at 11 AM.

Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Hops: Warrior, Simcoe, Amarillo
Malts: 2-row, Golden Promise, Aromatic, Chocolate, Black, 50/60, Special B, Roasted Barley, Oats, Brewers Crystals, DMEAvailability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.

Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft. Limited Release.
Latest Return: 10/21/17

12% ABV 2017

PIC: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Don't Miss This, Goose Island Brewing

Potential: Goose Island Double Barrel Bourbon County

Goose Island Double Barrel Bourbon County

Goose Island Double Barrel Bourbon County, a double barrel aged edition of the well-known stout is in the works.

Currently, just a keg label has surfaced. Next month when Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout returns (on Black Friday), a double barrel aged variation might surface as well.

No word on which barrels were used for this variant and no release has been officially announced. This edition is big on booze – to the tune of 17.2% alcohol by volume.

Style: Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: Draft Only. (Currently)
Debut: TBA

17.2% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This

The Bruery Black Tuesday on sale soon, now with east coast pickup


There are few beers that can silence a room when opened like The Bruery Black Tuesday.

Sure, barrel-aged beers can be found year-round on nearly every shelf in America. Few of those come with the mystique, reverence, and in-your-face boldness that Black Tuesday has in tow.

If our memory serves us correctly, the first release of Black Tuesday was in October of 2009. The world didn’t know what it was in for. A young brewery that had been releasing saisons and Berliner Weisse was about to make sure you didn’t underestimate their capabilities. A 19+% alcohol by volume imperial stout loomed, and was immediately embraced by their burgeoning fan base.

Here in 2017, it’s an unwritten rule in craft beer that you at least know the name Black Tuesday even if you haven’t had it yet. In 8 short years, BT has joined the ranks of some of the most well-known stouts in America. Hitting the barrels at more than 16% ABV, it rests in a plethora of first use bourbon barrels for nearly a year, just waiting for October.

Throwing some flavor adjectives at you – chocolate, molasses, vanilla, bourbon. If that’s what you crave, you’ll find that in abundance in Black Tuesday.  Damn, don’t forget about bourbon. This truly is the bourbon drinker’s beer. Don’t dare go looking for subtlety or nuance here either. Perhaps that’s what throws some folks off when they taste it. They expect something restrained or even refined, and what really lurks in the glass is nothing short of bold and unforgettable.

Going into their 9th release, The Bruery Black Tuesday is still not easy to come by. You literally have one day to get your hands on it and that day is coming on October 24th. From there it’s a piece of cake. Just get yourself out to California to pick it up, or find a trustworthy friend within the Golden State to ship it to you. Now that The Bruery is opening a Washington D.C. location, east coasters have a place to pick it up as well.

Here’s how to get it:

On October 24th at 10 AM PT log on to and begin your purchase. Bottles are $29.99, with a limited of (6) per person. You can pick up at The Bruery starting on Halloween, or at the new Washington D.C. store on November 14th. Shipping within California begins on Halloween as well.

One of the most elusive beers out there is now a little easier to get.

This content is sponsored by The Bruery

Posted in Carolina Bauernhaus Ales, Seasonal Return

Carolina Bauernhaus July Prince, with South Carolina peaches

Carolina Bauernhaus July Prince

Carolina Bauernhaus July Prince returns to the Anderson, South Carolina taproom for a second time on October 19th.

A follow up to the first bottle release in June – June Princess, Carolina Bauernhaus July Prince is an American wild ale fermented with peaches.

The base beer is the brewery’s golden rye ale, femented in Chardonnay barrels with SouthYeast Labs strong ale yeast for seven months. Then the brewery added 200 pounds of peaches and aged it another two months. Finally, July Prince was dry-hopped With Hull Melon and Aramis hops.

The finished beer has a subtle acidity, juicy peach notes, and a light hop note balanced by a dry oak barrel character.

Carolina Bauernhaus July Prince is a 750-milliliter bottle offering. Limited distribution to local area and Atlanta.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Peaches. Wine Barrel Aged.)
Hops: Hull Melon, Aramis
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft.
Debut: 10/29/16

Latest Return: 10/19/17

8% ABV

Posted in Coming Soon, Creature Comforts, Don't Miss This

More Run the Jewels: Creature Comforts STAY G-O-L-D debuts at month’s end

Creature Comforts S-T-A-Y-Gold

Creature Comforts STAY G-O-L-D, a collaboration with Interboro Spirts and rap duo Run the Jewels is on the way. 

Asheville, North Carolina based Burial Beer will be releasing their edition of STAY G-O-L-D, an India Pale Ale and collaboration with both Run the Jewels and Interboro again in October. Chicago’s Pipeworks Brewing has also teamed up with Interboro their own STAY G-O-L-D release, which debuted in August.

Athens, Georgia can claim their own edition of the hit series of beer collaborations. Creature Comforts STAY G-O-L-D debuts at the end of the month.

16-ounce cans of STAY G-O-L-D will be available to-go at the brewery on October 27th. A special event will be held on October 26th at Atlanta’s The Sound Table, with Trackstar the DJ from Run the Jewels. (A few select bars around the venue will have G-O-L-D cans as well.)

Creature Comforts STAY G-O-L-D is brewed with Citra, Mosaic, Chinook, and Strata hops.

Style: IPA
Hops: Citra, Mosaic, Chinook, Strata.

Availablity: 16oz Cans
Debut: 10/26/17

6% ABV

Posted in Headlines, The Bruery

The Bruery 10 Lords A Leaping, featuring 10 different spices

The Bruery 10 Lords A Leaping

The Bruery 10 Lords a Leaping will be the 10th release in the ’12 Days of Christmas’ Series.

A decade ago, Placentia, California based The Bruery debuted the first in a line of 12 Beers brewed in honor of nearly 250-year-old “Twelve Days of Christmas” song. The first beer should be obvious – A Partridge in a Pear Tree, a Belgian strong dark brewed with spices.

Each year, the style has varied, from Two Turtle Doves to this year’s coming release – The Bruery 10 Lords a Leaping.

In lieu of 10 Lords, the brewery has 10 spices “leaping” into this seasonal release. The lineup includes coriander, orange peel, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, mace, anise, dried apples, and cloves.

Wassail is known for warmth and spices. The tenth verse of our Twelve Beers of Christmas™ saga goes leaps and bounds beyond a traditional winter warmer, drawing inspiration from the dark, spiced ales from Belgium and our love for experimental brewing in SoCal. 10 Lords-A-Leaping is a dark imperial wit ale featuring 10 different spices… which complement the spiced notes imparted from the yeast and prance upon the rich, dark-fruited character of the specialty malts.

The Bruery 10 Lords A Leaping will be a 750-milliliter release.

Style: Imperial WItbier (w/ Coriander, Orange peel, Cinnamon, Ginger. Nutmeg. Allspice. Mace. Star Anise. Dried Apples. Cloves)
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Debut: Late Fall 2017

10.5% ABV

Past Releases: 

9 Ladies Dancing – Tiramisu Inspired Strong Ale (2016)
8 Maids-A-Milking –
Imperial Milk Stout (2015)
7 Swans-A-Swimming
 – Belgian-style quadrupel (2014)
6 Geese-A-Laying – Belgian-style Dark Ale, with cape gooseberries (2013)
5 Golden Rings – Golden Ale, with cinnamon, allspice, ginger, pineapple (2012)
4 Calling Birds – Belgian-style Dark Ale, with gingerbread spices (2011)
3 French Hens – Belgian-style Dark Ale, partial French oak aged (2010)
2 Turtles Doves – Belgian-style Dark/Porter Blend, with pecans and cocoa nibs (2009)
A Partridge in a Pear Tree – Belgian-style dark ale with candi sugar (2008)

Posted in Monday Night Brewing, New Releases

Monday Night Dr. Robot debuts year-round

Monday Night Dr. Robot

Monday Night Dr. Robot is the latest can release by the Atlanta based brewery.

This raspberry kettle soured ale was first teased in September, at a media event previewing Monday Night’s second located now known as the ‘Garage’. Dr. Robot is a simple sour beer, brewed with fresh blackberry juice and lemon zest. The result is a beautiful pink tinted beer that is great for drinking on its own, or with some of your favorite food.

A tart, fruity sour beer. Dr. Robot is as playful as its name. After souring to a delightfully tart level, we add blackberry juice and lemon zest to enhance and balance the flavor. The juice gives this beer a pink hue. The perfect blend of sweet and sour, Dr. Robot is a refreshing year-round sipper.

Monday Night Dr. Robot is available in 12-ounce cans and draft, year-round starting in October.

Style: Berliner Weisse (w/ Blackberry Juice. Lemon Zest.)
Hops: Cascade
Malts: 2 Row, Malted Wheat

Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: October 2017

?? ABV