Posted in Headlines, Stone Brewing Co.

The next can for Stone: Ghost Hammer IPA

Stone Ghost Hammer IPA

Stone Ghost Hammer IPA release is set for June, 2017.

Hoppy mad scientists might be a better way to describe Stone Brewing. Their India pale ale arsenal is vast. Once the brewery settles on a hop combination for one beer, another combination is planned. In June, Stone Ghost Hammer IPA will rise.

Stone’s overnight crew is responsible for this one. While half the world slept, the brewers came up with this new IPA, brewed with coriander, grains of paradise, and blended with citrus. The hop bill is heavy on Belma, Centennial, and Magnum hops.

A brewhouse can never sleep, for brewing beer never slumbers. And what never sleeps must always be tended, and that charge falls to the shoulders of the Overnight Crew. Part brewer, part scientist, these mad fermentationists brave the never silent nights, often alone, to tend to what will become Stone beers. The nights are dark. The cellars are cavernous. Spooky things can happen. Sometimes scary things happen. Once, something terrifyingly good happened. Our mad fermentationists had an idea. Brewed with coriander, grains of paradise, blended with citrus and liberally hopped with Belma, Centennial and Magnum hops. A frighteningly flavorful creation indeed.

Stone Ghost Hammer IPA is slated to release in 12 ounce cans and draft in June, 2017. The brewery has not yet announced this offering.

Style: IPA
Hops: Belma, Centennial, Magnum

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

6.7% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Full Sail Brewing

Pairs perfectly with warm weather. Full Sail Sesión Cervesa

A member of the “Session” brand is hitting shelves this month – Full Sail Sesión Cervesa.

Think beaches, hot weather, tans. The Hood River, Oregon brewery is bringing a Mexican lager to the table. You’ve probably seen a surge in the “Mexican” lager across craft brewing recently. Examples include 21st Amendment El Sully, and Oskar Blues Beerito. Around the end of the 19th century, Germany ex-patriots started brewing Vienna lagers in country. Somewhere along the line, the style became synonymous with Mexican lagers.

Full Sail Sesión Cervesa falls right in line with the style, brewed with pilsner malt and flaked corn. We poured it ice cold on a sunny 72 degree spring day and couldn’t stop thinking about getting tacos or chips and salsa on a porch somewhere. Sesión Cervesa is an absolutely perfect day drinking. Let’s put it this way: if you are someone that doesn’t like the idea of industrial lagers On your next beer run, make sure you say Hola! to this one.

“The pour is pure gold in a bottle.” Sesíon Cerveza offers the refreshing character of the imports in a locally crafted beer, perfect for your next fiesta. The hops impart subtle hints of lemon and spice to complement the crisp malt body. -Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter

Full Sail Sesión Cervesa is available in 11 ounce “stubby” bottles and draft, year-round.

Style: Lager
Hops: Celeia, Northern Brewer
Malts: Pilsner, Flaked Corn

Availability: 11oz Bottles, Draft.

4.5% ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Headlines

Terrapin ATL Brew Lab & a look at the Atlanta Braves new Suntrust Park

The city of Atlanta has a big baseball season ahead of them. In April, fans will pour into their brand new $652 million dollar Suntrust Field. The new home of the Braves is quite fancy.

Beer is as much of a national pastime is baseball, and a fixture in every park in America. Every ballpark has beer, but not every ballpark has a brewery. Athens based Terrapin Beer Co. has officially built their first Atlanta brewery as part of Suntrust Park.

Since expanding into a 100 barrel brew house a few years ago, Terrapin has been lacking pilot system. Most of their recipe development has come from home brewed test batches and even a PICO Brew home system. From there the recipes are upscaled and tweaked on the fly. A brewery that likes to get weird like the Terrapin Tribe, a pilot system has always needed to be in the cards. When the opportunity came to build it in a Major League Baseball field, the brewery couldn’t say no.

The Terrapin ATL Brew Lab boasts a copper jacketed 5 barrel brew house that will be supplying the thirsty park goers directly. Styles will fluctuate as the season dictates. Just as Terrapin has become ubiquitous with Georgia beer, the brewery has partnered with Atlanta famous Fox Brothers BBQ. The ATL Brew Lab will be open to the public year-round.

While many Atlanta Braves fans have been torn about moving on from Turner Field, they won’t be disappointed on opening day or this high-tech new home of the Braves, Suntrust Park. Especially with fresh beer brewed just feet from home plate.

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Releases, Southern Tier Brewing

Want to drink a cookie? Southern Tier Thick Mint can make that happen

Southern Tier Thick Mint bottle

Southern Tier Thick Mint, a new imperial stout by the New York based brewery, has shipped for the first time.

The brewery’s Blackwater Series is home to some of the most well known beers in the industry. Creme Brûlée, Choklat, & Mokah imperial stouts are just a few examples. Spring brings Girl Scout cookies, and Southern Tier has a perfect beer pairing.

Southern Tier Thick Mint mimics one of the most popular Girl Scout cookies out there, Thin Mints. (For some reason we always find them in people’s freezers.) The 10% alcohol by volume imperial stout is brewed with cocoa nibs and mint. Another dessert beer cometh.

If the past has taught us anything, it’s this. When Southern Tier makes a flavored imperial stout, flavor is what you are going to get. While Thick Mints is truly like drinking a cookie, the brewery showed enough restraint to where it pairs well with its inspiration, while being very drinkable on on its own.

We made big ways when we introduced Choklat in 2007. Since then, our affection for decadent, flavorful, dessert-like beers and a zeal to venture into the far corners of the flavor world, have been the drivers in our endless quest to brew the perfect indulgence.

Southern Tier Thick Mint is now available in 12 ounce bottles and draft.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Chocolate, Mint.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: March, 2017

10% ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal 

Posted in Headlines, New Realm Brewing

Mitch Steele’s new brewpub in Atlanta has a name

Mitch Steele, one of the most well known members of Escondido, California based Stone Brewing, departed the company in June. Many thought Steele would start a new project on the west coast. In an interesting twist, his next stop will be Atlanta, Georgia.

Steele, along with partners Carey Falone, and Bob Powers, have signed a lease for a property on Atlanta’s Beltine. The Poncey- Highland based brewpub, recently dubbed New Realm Brewing, will feature house brewed beer, artisanal food, and a fun atmosphere. The new location will feature a rooftop bar, beer garden, and home brewing classes.

“I had an amazing time at Stone and I am very thankful for my experiences there. Now, I am looking forward to the opportunity to become part of the growing craft beer movement in Atlanta and the Southeast.” – Mitch Steele

Breaking ground on the 20,000 square foot space soon, New Realm Brewing is expected to be operational in 2017. Located at 820 Ralph McGill Avenue, in Atlanta.

Posted in Don't Miss This, Lost Abbey

Lost Abbey Veritas 019 goes on sale March 28th

Lost Abbey Veritas 019

Lost Abbey Veritas 019, the 19th edition in the brewery’s “Veritas” line of beers, goes on sale this month.

The California based brewery calls this ongoing experiment a “relationship between fruit, barrel-aging, and the wild yeast Brettanomyces. Each release is unique, small-batch, and unforgettable.

Lost Abbey Veritas 019 is a blonde sour ale that has been aging in French oak for over a year, before being introduced to fresh raspberries. Per Tomme Arthur, Lost Abbey’s co-founder, “The last time we did a fruited sour this intense was Cable Car Kriek back in 2011.”

Pouring shockingly pink, Veritas 019 begins with sweet aromas of rich berries and notably peppery Brett. Intense, Vibrant Raspberry character leading to a refreshingly sour middle with notes of funk on the finish.

Lost Abbey is planning a preview weekend starting March 24th where Veritas 019 will be available on draft. Attendees will have an opportunity to purchase bottles for pickup in April.

The general sale will occur online on Tuesday, March 28th at 12 Noon. No proxies. Sales are limited to 6 bottles per person, $41 dollars per bottle.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Raspberries. Oak Aged.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles. Extremely limited. No distro.
Presale: 3/24/17
Pickup: 4/23-4/25

?? ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Seasonal Return, The Hop Concept Brewing

The Hop Concept IPA Galaxy & Comet is back for another citrusy spring

The Hop Concept Galaxy & Comet bottle

The Hop Concept IPA Galaxy & Comet is back for a second time in March, 2017.

California’s Port/Lost Abbey launched a new line extension in 2015 dubbed, The Hop Concept. The Hop Freshener series featured some of the THC’s first beers, focusing on how hops change IPAs.

The Hop Concept India pale ales focus on the dry-hopping process, focusing on how the brewing technique changes smell and aroma. In this case, Galaxy and Comet hops.

This edition is all about the tropical fruit, and dank pine flavors. Galaxy boasts peach and passionfruit flavors, and Comet – even more citrus. If you love a bright IPAs with just a bit of bitterness, don’t sleep on this release. The brewery touched up the recipe a bit for this second release.

“We really liked the way Galaxy and Comet turned out last year, but we felt we could do better this year. Tweaking the recipe this year gave us a chance to really let these two hops shine much more in this years batch.”  Steve Burchill, Lead Brewer for The Hop Concept

The Hop Concept IPA Galaxy & Comet is a draft and 22 ounce bottle release.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Galaxy, Comet

Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Latest Return: March, 2017

8% ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal