Posted in Headlines, New Releases

New Belgium Brut IPA opens “Up Next” Series for the brewery

New Belgium Brut IPA

The India pale ale continues to self-evolve in America. From English IPA to American IPA, from West Coast to the New England IPA, there’s always a new way to drink your hops. The latest stylistic trend is the “Brut-style”, inspired by the sparkling wine world. Kicking off a new “Up Next” series is New Belgium Brut IPA arriving in time for the new year.

Dick Cantwell of Magnolia Brewing in San Francisco (a New Belgium partner) inspired this “bubbly” release, an effervescent IPA with white grape and tropical notes. New Belgium characterizes this release as the “crisp alternative to hazy, fruit-forward IPAs” that dominate the market right now.

New Belgium Brut IPA is available in 12-ounce bottles and draft through the beginning of the new year. 

Style: IPA (Brut IPA) 
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. One-time Offering
Debut: December 2018

6.7% ABV

Posted in Creature Comforts, Don't Miss This

Creature Comforts Pineapple & Lemon Tritonia debuts this month

Creature Comforts Pineapple & Lemon Tritonia

Creature Comforts Pineapple & Lemon Tritonia debuts later this month, a new rendition of the brewery’s popular gose. 

Back in 2017, the Athens, Georgia based brewery started releasing the ‘Tritonia’ series in cans, starting with Cucumber & Lime Tritonia. The base tart gose is brewed with coriander and sea salt plus fresh cucumber juice and limes. 

As Christmas approaches, Creature Comforts will add a second Tritonia to the series, this one highlighting crisp pineapple and tart lemons. 

“We’re excited to add another Tritonia version to the roster. The pineapple and lemon additions perfectly complement the base beer creating a tart, refreshing, an overall balanced experience.

David Stein, Head Brewer

Fans can find this new edition of Tritonia in 12-ounce cans at the brewery in starting December 21st, and throughout their distribution area shortly after. 

Style: Gose (w/ Pineapple. Lemons. Coriander. Sea Salt.)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. 
Debut: 12/21/18

4.5% ABV

Posted in Creature Comforts, Seasonal Return

Creature Comforts Koko Buni is coffee, meets chocolate (in December)

Creature Comforts Koko Buni can

Creature Comforts Koko Buni, the brewery’s coveted milk porter, returns to cans again in mid-December. 

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 season has been overwhelmingly popular since its debut a few years ago. We’ve seen fistfights over Koko cans at retailers.

2018 is the first production run after the brewery brought their new production facility online, so fans should expect a little more “Buni” to go around this year. 

“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.

Creature Comforts Koko Buni will be a seasonal draft and 12-ounce can offering, available at the brewery and Georgia retailers again in mid-December, 2018.

Style: Milk Porter (w/ Cocoa Nibs, Coffee, Toasted Coconut, Lactose.)
Availability: Draft, 12oz Cans
Distribution: Athens & Atlanta, Georgia (Very Limited)
Latest Return: November 2018

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 

Posted in Coming Soon, Funky Buddha

Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter releases again in January

Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter 2019

Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter will return again in January, coinciding with the brewery’s Maple Bacon Festival.

The cult favorite in the Florida brewery’s lineup, Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter is brewed with maple syrup, freshly roasted coffee, and bacon. It was an instant fan hit, has any beer with the word “bacon” in it, usually is.

The festival kicks off at 12 pm on January 12th, 2019.

VIP Tickets are $225 dollars and include VIP entry, as well as 12 bottles of Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. Regular Tickets are $110 and include 4 bottles. No bottle tickets are $55 dollars.

Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter is available in 22oz bottles and draft, only available at the brewery.

Style: Porter (w/ Maple Syrup, Coffee, Bacon)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft (Both limited)
Latest Return: January 2019

6.4% ABV, 35 IBUS

Posted in Headlines

Asheville’s Lexington Ave Brewery acquired by CANarchy, turning into “Collaboratory”

CANarchy LAB Acquisition

Asheville, North Carolina’s Lexington Avenue Brewery, aka “LAB” is changing hands. It is now a part of CANarchy, the craft beer collective that includes Oskar Blues, Cigar City, Perrin Brewing Company, Squatters Craft Beers, Wasatch Brewery, Deep Ellum Brewing Company, and Three Weavers.

LAB has called Asheville home for more than 9 years now. Mike Healy, the owner of Lexington Avenue Brewery says it’s time for him to do something new. “After nine years at LAB and with a new baby at home, I’m looking for a change. I believe I’m leaving LAB in good hands with CANarchy – they have experience running successful brewpubs; plus, they’ll put time and resources into creating exciting new brews and experiences for craft beer drinkers in Asheville.”

CANarchy is going to do a full renovation of LAB, which includes expanding seating as well as brewing capacity, and renaming the brewpub to the “CANarchy Collaboratory”.

Wayne Wambles of Cigar City Brewing fame will lead the brewing operations the Collaboratory. He will be in charge of creating “cutting-edge flavors and brewing methods; as well as creating limited-edition, small-batch collab beers,” per Canarchy.

The CANarchy Collaboratory is expected to open in March 2019.

An email for more information was not immediately returned.

Posted in Monday Night Brewing, Seasonal Return

Monday Night Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt cans return

Monday Night Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt can

Monday Night Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt, part of the brewery’s special Black Tie Series, is back in cans ahead of the holidays. 

It was 2013 when Atlanta, Georgia first saw Bourbon Barrel-Aged Drafty Kilt. The brewery took their year-round scotch ale Drafty Kilt and aged it in fresh Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. The result won Monday Night a gold at the Great American Beer Festival.

In 2017, Monday Night decided to can Black Tie Series BBA Drafty Kilt, of which series has seen new siblings like Cardigans of the Galaxy, Space Lettuce, Piranha Dealer and Don’t Call it Hotlanta. “It’s full-bodied, slightly smoky and sweet character lends itself perfectly to Kentucky bourbon barrels. Our first batch blew people away, so we decided to make it an annual holiday tradition,” says brewery co-founder Jonathan Baker.

Monday Night Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt is available in 12-ounce cans and draft for a limited time starting November 19th.

Style: Scotch Ale (Barrel Aged, Bourbon)
Hops: Columbus, Willamette
Malts: Roasted Barley, Chocolate Malt, Crystal Malt, Cherrywood-smoked

Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Can Debut: Late November 2017
Latest Release: 11/19/18

8.5% ABV

 

Posted in Don't Miss This, EPIC Brewing Company

Epic Quadruple Barrel Baptist is big, bold, and blew us away

Epic Quadruple Barrel Big Bad Baptist

In the world of imperial stouts filled with various dessert-like additions, Epic Quadruple Barrel Big Bad Baptist stands alone. This big bottle of ridiculous is how you make a decadent pastry stout.

Big Bad Baptist was supposed to be released under another name – Jack Mormon Imperial Stout, back in 2011. Epic Brewing made a barrel-aged imperial stout brewed with Jack Mormon roasters coffee. Unfortunately, the state of Utah rejected the “Mormon” name, even though it was a homage to their coffee roaster.

Brewery co-founder Dave Cole is a California Baptist and decided to integrate his real-life “Big Bad Baptist” roots into the name.

In that first year, Big Bad Baptist scored a 100 on RateBeer.com, and still maintains that high mark today.

Since the launch, variants of this coveted imperial stout have been released, including a Double Barrel, Triple Barrel, and Big Bad Baptista Imperial Stout. Each one takes a creative step forward. Now there’s Epic Quadruple Barrel Baptist and it really is the best Baptist we’ve ever had.

The brewers at Epic racked their imperial stout to both whiskey and rum barrels. Meanwhile, the team barrel-aged their own coffee beans, coconuts, and almonds. Basically, the only thing that’s not barrel-aged is the cocoa nibs. You might read all that and think, there’s just too much going on here.

You’re not wrong. There are some imperial stouts out there that are packed with chocolate, vanilla, strawberries, lactose, even cookies, and cereal. Some taste great. Some of these coveted imperial stouts are just muddled in flavor. That’s how Epic got this beer right. Scroll up and read everything the brewery put in the beer. Now read the next paragraph.

Every flavor is present in every sip. Your first taste starts with this rich, chocolaty imperial stout which gives way to a balance of subtle almond, coffee, and coconuts that finishes with a mix of vanilla oak and toasted rum sugar. That’s what blew us away. All these flavors are very much there in a beautiful balance, from start to finish. To us, that’s the crossroad of imagination and brewing talent. Epic didn’t just throw all the buzz-worthy additions to a barrel-aged imperial stout and expect a line outside. This is a symphony of barrel blending, and we were some morose tipsy folks when the bottle ran dry.

Epic Quadruple Barrel Big Bad Baptist is available in 22-ounce bottles – an extremely limited release hitting distribution now.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Chocolate. Barrel Aged Coffee. Barrel Aged Coconut. Barrel Aged Almonds. Barrel Aged. Whiskey. Rum.)

Hops: Nugget, Chinook, Cascade.
Malts: Muntons Maris Otter Malt, Briess 2-Row Brewers Malt, Crystal Muntons, Weyermann Light Munich Malt I, 2-Row Chocolate Malt 2-Row Black Malt, Roasted Barley.

Availability: 22oz Bottles. Extremely Limited Release.
Debut: Late Oct/Nov 2018

12% ABV