Posted in Don't Miss This, New Releases, Terrapin Beer Company

The fans voted, Terrapin White Chocolate Moo Hoo hits shelves again

Terrapin White Chocolate Moo Hoo bottle

Terrapin White Chocolate Moo Hoo has returned to shelves for only the second time ever.

The base beer uses cocoa nibs from Nashville, Tennessee’s Olive & Sinclair, plus a healthy helping of white chocolate. The end result is a decadent, creamy, dessert beer.

White Chocolate Moo Hoo has only seen one release despite previous plans to bring it back. For the 2016 election year, Terrapin gave their fans the opportunity to vote their favorite beer from the past back into production. We’re told White Chocolate Moo Hoo won by a landslide.

White Chocolate is our favorite specialty release by Terrapin. The white chocolate addition creates a really unique, almost esoteric flavor to this creamy dessert beer.

White Chocolate Moo Hoo is available in 16.9-ounce bottles for a limited time.

Style: Milk Stout (w/ Cocoa Nibs, White Chocolate)
Availability: 16.9oz Bottles, Draft.

Arrival: 2017

6.1% ABV

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Posted in AleSmith Brewing

AleSmith Brewing expands distribution to Georgia

AleSmith Brewing Glass

San Diego, California based AleSmith Brewing has expanded distribution to the state of Georgia. The brewery has signed a deal with United Distributors.

The launch lineup includes IPA, Orange X Pale Ale, Wee Heavy, Horny Devil, and their #1 selling Speedway Stout. AleSmith fans can expect seasonals and a few barrel-aged offerings in the near future.

AleSmith Brewing was founded in 1995. On their 20th anniversary, the brewery opening their new 100,000 square foot “2.0” location nearby. Georgia is the brewery’s first foray into the southeast.

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Posted in Headlines, New Belgium

Future Voodoo: New Belgium Juicy Haze IPA

New Belgium Juicy Haze IPA

New Belgium Juicy Haze IPA is slated to join the brewery’s Voodoo Ranger Series in the near future.

Let’s face it, the demand for hazy, juicy India pale ales is high, and not going away anytime soon. The brewing team at New Belgium knows this, so it’s time for a hazy Voodoo Ranger release.

Juicy Haze IPA has all the important flavor descriptors – tropical, citrusy, unfiltered. Everything hazy beers boast, but you won’t have to stand in a line to get it. Interesting to note – the label mentions “IPA with spice”. We aren’t sure what spice is used in this current unannounced release.

Packed with bright tropical aromas and brilliant citrusy flavors, this unfiltered IPA wraps up with a pleasantly smooth finish.

New Belgium Juicy Hazy IPA will be a 12-ounce bottle and draft release. The brewery has not yet announced this release. 

Style: IPA
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: TBA

7.5% ABV

Posted in Creature Comforts

Creature Comforts Crescendo returns in new 16oz cans

Creature Comforts Crescendo 16oz

Creature Comforts Crescendo rejoins the brewery’s lineup again today, in new 16-ounce cans.

Extra vessels allowed the Athens, Georgia brewery begin brewing a series of taproom only releases. Among the first was Crescendo, debuting for the first time last October. Since then, a bulk of the brewery’s new releases have been taproom only.

Creature Comforts Crescendo is quite hoppy, featuring 5.5 pounds of hops per barrel. El Dorado, Galaxy, plus an experimental hop known as Grungeist round out the hop lineup.

Crescendo is a slightly hazy IPA with notes of honeydew, white peach skin, pineapple, and orange from the hops used in the beer.

Creature Comforts Crescendo is available in 16-ounce cans and draft, with limited distribution coming this week. Crescendo is extremely limited.

Style: IPA
Hops: El Dorado, Galaxy, Grungeist

Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Taproom Only.
Debut: Late October, 2016
Latest Return: 9/16/17

7.2% ABV

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Posted in New Releases, UpCountry Brewing

UpCountry Hop Dread is the brewery’s second can

UpCountry Hop Dread can

UpCountry Hop Dread is being canned this week, marking the young brewery’s second can release.

Those visiting UpCountry have come to know this beer by another name, Hopped Red. As the beer gets packaged for the first time, the brewery is changing the name, but the recipe will remain the same.

This is our Red IPA. Made with an abundance of Falconer’s Flight hops, this brew backs up the maltiness with a blend of tropical grapefruit and lemon flavors.

UpCountry Hop Dread is already available on draft, coming to 16-ounce cans the week of September 18th.

Style: IPA
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Year-round.
Debut (Cans): Week of September 18th

7.3% ABV

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

Like pumpkin pie served with a cup of coffee. Southern Tier Cold Press Coffee Pumking debuts

Southern Tier Cold Press Pumking bottles

Southern Tier Cold Press Coffee Pumking, a variant of one of the most well-known pumpkin beers, has started hitting shelves.

The mere mention of Pumking will typically get a strong “love it” or “hate it” reaction. Either way, it’s hard to doubt this pumpkin beer has made quite an impression on the beer scene. In addition to this coffee variant, Rum Barrel Pumking is also a part of the fall lineup.

Southern Tier Cold Press Coffee Pumking is created in a few steps. First, the brewery mashed in the grains at a higher temperature in order to leave a little residual sweetness to pair better with the coffee flavor.

Once fermentation was completed the beer was cold crashed to 32 degrees, and 150 pounds of cold pressed coffee from local roaster Stedman’s was added. Incidentally, the brewery pressed the coffee themselves.

In the end, the coffee adds nutty and cocoa flavors to Pumking’s strong pumpkin and pie crust flavors. Most folks have tried the base beer, Pumking – easily one of the boldest pumpkin beers out there. The coffee presence is strong but really strikes a balance with the pumpkin flavors, almost muting them a bit. Cold Press Pumking truly is pumpkin pie served with a cup of coffee.

Due to the infusion, this beer does have traces of caffeine.

Southern Tier Cold Press Coffee Pumking is a limited draft and 12-ounce bottle offering.

Style: Pumpkin Beer (w/ Coffee)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: September 2017

8.6% ABV

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Posted in Coming Soon, SweetWater Brewing

SweetWater Blue will finally be canned

SweetWater Blue Cans

SweetWater Brewing’s 20-plus years of operation have been shaped by three beers – 420 Pale Ale, IPA, and Blue. Incidentally, that’s their ranking in annual sales as well.

When the brewery first started canning in 2014, 420 and IPA got the nod, but Blue never got the call for aluminum. Love it or hate it, the blueberry wheat beer has always held its own in the brewery’s lineup, but was passed up for canning in lieu of seasonals, and more recently, the Dank Tank releases. Not anymore.

SweetWater Blue will soon be available in 12-ounce cans for the first time in the near future, ending the lurking can question for the “infamous” wheat beer.

A timeline has not officially been set for the release.