Posted in Coming Soon, Monday Night Brewing

Monday Night to debut ‘Slow Churn’ Milkshake IPA flows today

Monday Night Slow Churn Milkshake IPA

Monday Night Slow Churn Milkshake IPA debuts on June 22nd.

Earlier this spring, Monday Night Brewing debuted a hop-focused series (and taproom bar) at the brewery’s Trabert Street location. Coming near the end of the month is Slow Churn, a milkshake IPA.

Milkshake IPAs are as hot as the hazy ones right now, brewed with lactose milk sugar, and sometimes vanilla beans or fruit. In the case of Slow Churn, simply expect this release to be “juicy, tropical, & chewy”.

Milkshakes may bring all the boys to the yard, but Slow Churn does that for everyone. A milkshake IPA, this creamy, sweet brew is a perfect complement to summer.

Monday Night Slow Churn Milkshake IPA will be available at the brewery in 12-ounce cans and draft starting June 22nd.

Style: Milkshake IPA (Unofficial style), brewed with Lactose.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Limited Release.
Debut: 6/22/18

7.2% ABV

Posted in Headlines, New Releases, SweetWater Brewing

SweetWater debuts a new weed inspired series

SweetWater 420 Strain G13 Header

Humulus Lupulus, more commonly known as “hops”, are easily the most prominent ingredient in beer. Using the term “dank” or “weed-like” when describing in India pale ale isn’t just a fun descriptor, but pretty accurate. Marijana and Humulus share the same family – Cannabaceae. The very unique scents by both hops and weed are not only familial traits but quite complimentary of each other.

Terpenes are hydrocarbons derived from the essential oils of hemp plants, and a major component of their resin. Terpenes give plants their aroma, taste and even color. While marijuana is still illegal in a majority of U.S. states, the flavor terpenes – which lack the psychoactive cannabinoids Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) have the blessing of the U.S. government.

Taking some of the all-stars in hops, and combining with the “dankness” of weed aromas is heating up in craft beer. Atlanta based SweetWater has had 420 Pale Ale for years, sporting a weed-culture undertone, only containing hops from the Cannabaceae family.

This month, SweetWater 420 Strain: G13 IPA debuts on draft, marrying hops and weed aroma mimicking terpenes into truly (dare we say dank again-) experience.

The origin of G13, or “Government Indica Strain 13” marijuana is the subject of various rumors, including one where the government created this “super-strain”. It was even mentioned in the movie American Beauty back in 1999. It’s easily one of the most well-known strains known to pop-culture after first appearing sometime in the 1970’s.

SweetWater has been experimenting for months with various iterations of plant-derived terpenes with cannabis aromatics, and India pale ales. The final recipe uses a proprietary terpene blend on the backdrop of a dry-hopped IPA that smells like the infamous G13 strain. Per head brewer Nick Nock, “The [IPA] flavor was undeniable, and a no-brainer for this first release. We used Columbus and Simcoe hops in both the boil and double dry-hop, plus flaked oats and wheat for a smooth finish.”

Let us say this. You know damn well when someone opens a bottle of 420 Strain: G13 IPA by smell alone. When Beer Street Journal published a photo of 420 Strain prior to this piece. Many followers made allusions to New Belgium’s recent terpene heavy release – The Hemperor. That beer also smelled like Willy Nelson’s house or a Widespread Panic concert. Sadly, so many drinkers told us while the beer’s aroma was very much on point, but the beer’s taste didn’t match. New Belgium does fantastic work, but that the disparity for many was hard to get past.

SweetWater’s 420 Strain: G13 doesn’t stop at the extremely notable aroma. The brewery got the IPA recipe right to boot. The entire package is dank, juicy, and incredibly aromatic. The brewer and laboratory work really shines in this creation. Keep in mind, just because you’ve had one IPA, doesn’t mean you’ve had them all. Same goes for terpene beers.

When you pour it in a glass, you get a face full of the G13 aroma, like opening a bag of fresh marijuana.   And though it smells like the infamous cannabis strain, it tastes like a super delicious, nice and soft IPA with a clean finish.- SweetWater Brewing

The brewery is creating a full “420 Strain” series using various cannabis mimicking terpenes.

SweetWater 420 Strain: G13 is hitting taps in all of the brewery’s distribution states this summer. Expect new black bottles and black cans coming in the fall. The brewing team is working on new recipes for the 420 Strain Series, including a porter or stout.

Style: IPA (w/ Terpenes)
Hops: Columbus, Simcoe
Malts: 2 Row, Wheat, Flaked Oats

Availability: Draft (Summer). Cans/ Bottles (Fall)
Debut: June 22, 2018

6% ABV, 48 IBUs

Posted in New Releases, Red Brick Brewing

Red Brick In Bloom Modern IPA debuts in the taproom

Red Brick In Bloom Modern IPA

Red Brick In Bloom Modern IPA will be available at the brewery on June 14th.

Another in a line of taproom releases, Red Brick Modern IPA features an all-star lineup of Cashmere, Mosaic, Citra, and Enigma hops, plus a soft flaked oats and wheat malt bill.

…this delicious and bold profile of hops compliment the body of the beer perfectly

Red Brick In Bloom Modern IPA is available in 16-ounce cans and limited draft. The IPA has already sold out online, but cans will be available in the brewery opens at 4 pm.

Style: IPA
Hops: Cashmere, Mosaic, Citra, Enigma

Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: 6/14/18

6.2% ABV

Posted in Headlines, Oskar Blues Brewing

Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Mocha Ten FIDY is coming in July

Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Mocha Ten FIDY

Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Mocha Ten FIDY will be available at both Colorado and North Carolina breweries in July. 

July 7th National Chocolate Day – a perfect day to release the latest iteration of the most recognizable imperial stouts in beer – Oskar Blues Ten FIDY. That motor oil resembling liquid has been aging in bourbon barrels with Cholaca, a pure liquid cacao.

The finishing flourish is a hefty dosing of Mexican bean cold brew from Hotbox Roasters.

The O.G. Imperial Stout got a one-way golden ticket to the inside of a barrel, where it went ass-over-elbows into a Cholaca chocolate river and then hotbox’d with Hotbox Roasters’ cold brew until it manifested as a smooth mocha mutha.

Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Mocha Ten FIDY will only be available at the Longmont, Colorado-based brewery and the Brevard, North Carolina brewery on July 7th. Wristbands will be handed out starting at 9:30 am (local time). 19.2-ounce cans are available by the can ($15), 12-count case ($180) with a 5 case limit.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Coffee. Chocolate. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 19.2oz Cans, Limited Draft. Brewery Only.
Debut: 7/7/18

12.9% ABV

Posted in Bell's Brewing, Don't Miss This, New Releases

Celebrating diversity, Bell’s Sparkleberry Ale debuts in cans

Bell's Sparkleberry Ale Can

Bell’s Sparkleberry Ale is slated for 16-ounce cans in June 2018.

This fruit-forward release first debuted in 2013 in honor of the Kalamazoo, Michigan Pride Festival. Bell’s Brewery was a presenting sponsor. Since then, the beer has been made more widely available on draft, plus a few 750-milliliter bottles at Bell’s General Store.

This summer, Bell’s Sparkleberry Ale is now available in 16-ounce cans for the first time.

The brewery continues to maintain their partnership with Kalamazoo Pride, a fundraiser for OutFront Kalamazoo.  The Kalamazoo Gay-Lesbian Resource Center, OutFront Kalamazoo, continues to serve the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community of greater Kalamazoo, its friends, and allies.

“Our celebration of diversity is no secret, but this can says it front and center. No matter who you are or who you love, all are welcome at Bell’s.”-  Laura Bell, CEO of Bell’s Brewery

Bell’s Sparkleberry Ale is now available in 16-ounce cans and draft.

Style: Fruit Beer (w/ Raspberries)
Availability:
Debut: June 2013 (Draft)
Can Release: June 2018

9% ABV

Posted in New Releases, Wild Heaven Craft Beers

Wild Heaven releases Watermelon Emergency Drinking Beer cans

Wild Heaven Watermelon Emergency Drinking Beer

Last summer, Avondale, Georgia based Wild Heaven debuted a “summery” edition of their wildly popular Emergency Drinking Beer. The brewery juiced thousands of pounds of fresh watermelons and infused the juice with their pilsner inspired beer. The result is summer in a 12-ounce can.

Despite the success of Watermelon EDB on draft last summer, Wild Heaven took a year review quality control and packaging best practices ahead of canning this fruit beer – a first for the brewery.

Wild Heaven Watermelon EDB has officially made it’s can debut for this first time in time for the official start of summer. Available in 12-ounce cans and draft as hot weather seasonal.

Style: Fruit Beer (w/ Sea Salt. Lemongrass. Watermelon Juice.)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Summer Seasonal.
Debut (Cans): Early June 2018

4% ABV

Lead Image: Eric Johnson, Brewery co-founder

Wild-Heaven-Watermelon-EDB-prototype

Watermelon EDB prototype, summer 2017. Image: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Abbey of the Holy Goats, Don't Miss This

Abbey of the Holy Goats closes taproom, brewhouse up for sale

Abbey of the Holy Goats glass

It would appear that Abbey of the Holy Goats, a Roswell, Georgia based brewery has potentially closed for good.

At the end of March, the brewery stated on their and Twitter and Instagram channels that the taproom would be closed for a while. Since then, the brewery’s 7-barrel brewhouse and French wood foeder have been listed by the founder Kathy Davis ProBrewer.com, an industry professional forum.

Davis, a former Buddist Nun opened Abbey of the Holy Goats in spring of 2016. As the story goes, Davis was ready to leave for Canada to join her convent, when a friend took her to Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia. Her love affair with Belgian beer started that evening, prompting her to choose brewing beer over her religious vows.

As of early June, the brewery’s social media remains silent, and the taproom remains closed, and the brewery’s phone number disconnected.

An email to the brewery was not returned.