Posted in Don't Miss This, New Belgium, New Releases

Pumpkin meets habanero in New Belgium Atomic Pumpkin

New Belgium Atomic Pumpkin

Looking to make fall a little more spicy is New Belgium Atomic Pumpkin. A pumpkin beer that’s just a little different.

Not every pumpkin beer is the same. Especially when you brew it with habanero peppers. New Belgium Atomic Pumpkin starts sweet, with a touch of Saigon cinnamon, and finishes with a kick of peppery heat. Think pumpkin pie with a little burn.

“Atomic Pumpkin is a twist on pumpkin ale for beer drinkers who like some heat. Classic fall flavors like pumpkin pie and cinnamon offer a sweet counterpart to the fiery peppers, making it a great, full-flavored beer for the crisp autumn weather.” Bryan Simpson, public relations director

New Belgium Atomic Pumpkin joins the growing line of Voodoo Ranger Series releases. Look for it in August in 12-ounce bottles and draft.

Style: Pumpkin Beer (w/ Cinnamon. Habanero.)
Hops: Nugget
Malts: Pale Mena, Pale Rahr, Caramel, Munich
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Aug-Oct

Debut: Mid-August 2017

6.4% ABV

Posted in Coming Soon, Headlines, Saint Arnold Brewing

A fan favorite gets barrel-aged. Saint Arnold Bourbon Pumpkinator is coming this fall

Saint Arnold Bourbon Pumpkinator

A great seasonal is about get a little better, thanks to some time spent in oak. Saint Arnold Bourbon Pumpkinator is coming this fall.

The brewery’s seasonal, single batch, pumpkin beer has a cult following among their fan base. It got its start as the ninth release the brewery’s Divine Reserve Series. The brewing team’s pumpkin beer approach is an imperial pumpkin stout, brewed with black and caramel malts, plus pumpkin, molasses, brown sugar, and spices. This “pie in a bottle” offering is the most expensive beer Saint Arnold has brewed.

In 2017, the Houston, Texas brewery is kicking the seasonal up a notch, with Saint Arnold Bourbon Pumpkinator.

As Bishop of Metz, Saint Arnold spent his life warning of the dangers of drinking water and extolling the virtues of beer. During his funeral, his pallbearers stopped to quench their thirst, but they only had one mug to share among them. Then a miracle happened. The mug never ran dry, and all the mourners we satisfied.

Saint Arnold has begun teasing the release of this barrel-aged offering, but no debut date has been set.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Pumpkin. Molasses. Brown Sugar. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles
Debut: TBA

12.9% ABV

Ed note: Bottle size has been changed to 12oz, instead of 22oz as previously reported.

Posted in Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co., Boulevard Brewing, Creature Comforts, New Releases

Boulevard Collaboration 7, created with Creature Comforts & Arizona Wilderness

Boulevard Collaboration 7

Boulevard Collaboration 7 has officially debuted, a collaboration with Athens, Georgia based Creature Comforts and Gilbert, Arizona’s Arizona Wilderness.

This collaborator series has paired seen the likes of Deschutes Brewery, Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project, Firestone Walker, Cigar City, Ommegang, and Orval. Boulevard Collaboration 7 is the first time a two breweries have been a part of the project at the same time.

The trio is creating a “juicy” lager for this seventh iteration, aged briefly on virgin oak. Juicy is an understating term, thanks to peach puree, lemon zest and riesling chosen to compliment carefully selected Nelson Sauvin, Lemondrop and Hallertau Blanc hops. The malt bill is quite complex too, brewed with pale malt, Sonoran White Wheat, Missouri wheat, honey malt and corn grits.

The finished beer is bottle conditioned with champagne yeast, producing an effervescent golden lager perfect for the late summer heat. Last year, Arizona Wilderness and Creature Comforts partnered on “Transmission“, a citrus saison.

Boulevard Collaboration 7 is now available in 12 ounce bottles and draft for a limited time.

StyleLager (w/ Riesling Juice, Peach Puree, Lemon Zest. Oak Aged.)
Hops: Nelson Sauvin, Lemondrop, Hallertau Blanc
Malts: Pale Malt, Sonoran White Wheat, Missouri Wheat, Honey Malt, Corn Grits

Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: August, 2017

6% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Left Hand Brewing, New Releases

Finally. Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro cans are here

Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout Cans

Left Hand Brewing made headlines a few years ago when they debuted their milk stout in bottles. At the time they were the first craft brewery to transition to nitro packaging. With the addition of cans to their lineup, many fans thought the lack of milk stout was an oversight. Not anymore Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro cans will debut this year.

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One of the most recognizable milk stouts in the world is finally getting the can treatment. The smooth and creamy (and chocolatey) milk stout will soon go everywhere you go, with no glass limitations. The best part of this news? These babies are a full 16 ounces. While the bottles are nitrogen injected, each for the cans have a nitro “widget” that’s stuck to the bottom of the can. Nitrogen gas rushes upward through beer upon opening. No glass needed.

While a glass is always recommended for the perfect pint, especially when you #PourHard a Nitro bottle, cans bring a greater drinking versatility, and bring Milk Stout Nitro to your lips with the crack of a can.

Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro cans will be available across the brewery’s 40 state reach starting in August.

Style: Milk Stout (w/ Lactose.)
Hops: Magnum, U.S. Goldings
Malts: Pale 2-row, Crystal, Munich, Roasted Barley, Flaked Oats, Flaked Barley and Chocolate
Availability: 12oz Bottles, 16oz Cans, Draft.
Debut (Cans): August 2017

6% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Hopworks, New Releases

Oregon’s HUB will be picking hops during the solar eclipse

HUB Total Blackout

It’s been 38 years since the last mainland U.S. solar eclipse. The path of totality begins on the Oregonian coast and heads east on August 21st. In honor of this occasion, and since hop harvest has already begun, one brewery is commemorating the eclipse in a special way.

Portland,Oregon based Hopworks Urban Brewery will be harvesting fresh hops during the solar event, on Goschie Farms in the Willamette Valley. The hops pulled from the vine during totality will be trucked over to the brewery and added to the brite tank in just hours.

This coming Friday, the brewery will release HUB Total Blackout, an imperial cascadian dark ale (think black IPA) in 22-ounce bottles. The eclipse may not have any effect on the hops, but you can still enjoy a bit of the astronomical magic in a bottle.

HUB Total Blackout will be available at the brewery’s Powell location starting August 25th.

Style: Black IPA
Hops: Centennial

Availability: 22oz Bottles
Debut: 8/25/17

?? ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Stone Brewing Co.

“Juicy” Stone Tangerine Express IPA is a success, gets canned

Stone-Tangerine-Express-IPA-can

Stone Tangerine Express IPA joined the brewery’s lineup in February. The “juicy” IPA has been quite successful, prompting the addition of cans.

There is no doubt that Stone Brewing loves their India pale ales. The most popular style in craft beer always seems to have room for another by the California based brewery.

Stone Tangerine Express IPA features whole tangerines and pineapples, added to a hoppy base IPA. No, fruited IPAs are NOT dead. Stone doesn’t stop short of taking a shot a some of those overly juicy IPAs out there. In the brewery’s own words – this one is for adults.

Imagine the tropical haze of a lazy afternoon-into-evening. Your official duties of the day have been to maybe take a hike to a secluded waterfall, perhaps grill something, definitely chill with plenty of sand between your toes…and crack a phenomenal beer to complete the experience. Check, check, check again and…pff…check.

Welcome to our vacation transportation express.

This ain’t no just-add-juice approach. This one is for adults. We use bountiful whole tangerine puree, which brings pithy, cap bitterness with the citrus flavor. In addition to the complexities of the tangerine — the likes of which you can only get by using the whole fruit — we judiciously employ just a hint of whole pineapple for a backbone. (you’d likely not even pick it out of the mix if we didn’t tell you it was there). We’re not looking for a sweet concoction to appease the “I want my beer to taste like fruit juice crowd. This is Stone. We like our IPAs to taste like IPAs. Big, bold, and not for kids.

Stone Tangerine Express IPA is already a 22-ounce bottle release. 12-ounce cans hit shelves in California in August, going national by January 2018.

Style: IPA (w/ Tangerine, Pineapple.)
Hops: Citra, Centennial, Sterling, Azacca, Mosaic
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: February 2017
Can Debut: August 2017

6.7% ABV

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

Creature Comforts announces blended “Subtle Alchemy” Series

Creature Comforts Subtle Alchemy

Athens, Georgia based Creature Comforts debuts new “Subtle Alchemy” Series this fall.

This new series will feature unique, one-off blends from various barrels in the brewery’s wood cellar. Each carefully selected blend is designed to only ever exist the one time, never to be replicated again.

Each blend is distinct in its parts and singular in the moment in time it is created.

Currently, there are details regarding the first three blended ‘Subtle Alchemy’ releases.

  • Blend 001 – bottled 1/10/17 – Three separate French oak fermented saisons aged 10-14 months. Deep wood, must, earth, lemon zest, tart.
  • Blend 002 – bottled 1/13/17. – This blend is an exploration of American oak, an uncommon voice in our mixed fermentation wood cellar. Two of the three threads in this blend, the oldest being DaySpring aged on second-use Balaton cherries for 22 months, are aged in American oak giving it a more creamy and vanilla tone than many of our French oak aged beers. Light cherry fruit, vanilla, creamy, tart.
  • Blend 003 – bottled 1/31/17 – There are many pieces to blend number 3. The overall theme is an expression of hops and citrus through time and mixed fermentation. Zest from lemons and oranges, multiple independent dry hops, and very small amounts of apricots bring this blend to life. Ranging in age from 12-24 months this blend has brightness and depth. Citrus, overripe fruit, stone fruit, tart.
  • Those attending the Shelton Brothers Festival in Atlanta this weekend will have the opportunity to try Blend 001 before it can be found in the taproom.

Creature Comforts Subtle Alchemy is a limited, 750 milliliter bottle offering starting this fall.

 Image: Creature Comforts

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