Posted in Don't Miss This, New Releases, SweetWater Brewing

SweetWater will debut Peach Love & Happiness Berliner at their 22nd bash

SweetWater Peach Love & Happiness

SweetWater Peach Love & Happiness debuts as a spring seasonal February 16th.

Ahead of warmer weather, and just in time for the Atlanta based brewery’s 22nd Anniversary Party, comes SweetWater Peach Love & Happiness. This new Berliner Weisse is dosed with peach puree.

…Peach, Love, and Happiness brings color to spring with ripe local peaches in this golden effervescent and tastily tart Berliner Weisse.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, plus Anders Osborne and Samantha Fish all headline their 22nd birthday bash, where the first taste of Peach Love & Happiness, as well as SweetWater’s 22nd Anniversary beer release, can be found.

EVENT: SweetWater 22nd Anniversary

Expect this new spring seasonal in 12-ounce cans, 12-ounce bottles, and draft.

Style: Berliner Weisse (w/ Peaches.)
Availability: 12oz Cans, 12oz Bottles. Draft. Spring Seasonal.
Debut: 2/16/19

4.7% ABV

Posted in Cigar City Brewing, New Releases

Cigar City launches their first mixed 12-pack, which includes new IPA

Cigar City Mixed Pack

Tampa, Florida’s Cigar City Brewing has launched their first mixed 12-pack of cans this week, which includes a new, exclusive Space Pope IPA.

The brewery kicked off their 12-pack lineup with their flagship Jai Alai IPA. According to Cigar City, Jai Alai is the second best selling craft six pack nationwide.

READ MORE: CIGAR CITY SPACE POPE IPA

This new mixed pack will include Jai Alai, Guayabera Citra Pale Ale, and Florida Cracker White Ale, along with the new Space Pope IPA. This new release is brewed with Mosaic, Citra, Hallertauer Blanc, and Galaxy hops. Expect Space Pope IPA to make sporadic draft appearances this year, but will remain a taproom and mixed pack only release, nationally.

The Cigar City Mixed 12-Pack will be available in the brewery’s full distribution by mid-2019. No estimated retail price was provided.

Posted in Firestone Walker Brewing, Headlines

Firestone Walker takes beer & wine hybrid beers to a new level with “Rosalie”

Firestone Walker Rosalie

Inspired by the wine country that surrounds the brewery, Firestone Walker Rosalie debuts year-round this month. 

Paso Robles, California, the home of Firestone Walker Brewing Company is known to the rest of the world as a premier wine region. The brewery was even constructed on the Firestone family winery. If that influence isn’t enough, local winemakers are always asked to assist in creating Firestone’s annual Anniversary blend.

The path to Rosalie started in September of 2018 when Castoro Winery harvested 200 tons of wine grapes for Firestone Walker. Grape varieties included Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Muscat Canelli, and Orange Muscat. Chardonnay grapes were tapped to take the flavor profile lead, but brewmaster Matt Brynildson wanted other varieties. “The Chardonnay provides these crowd-pleasing textures and flavors. But we also wanted to weave in the other grape varieties to lift the aromas and add complexity,” he says.

The goal with Firestone Walker Rosalie is to create a beer with the body of rosé wine. A cross-over creation, that blurs the line between beer and wine. The acid profile of a rosé can’t be achieved with normal yeast and malts, so the brewery used some souring techniques to achieve this.

A lightly hopped, pilsner malt heavy wort was created, and blended with pressed grape juice. By co-fermenting the wort with the grape juice, the brewery is essentially making beer and wine at the same time.

Where hops would have been added whirlpool step of the brewing process, Firestone Walker opted to use hibiscus petals. This gives Rosalie it’s pink, rosé wine style coloring, with an extra touch of citric acid which brightens up the palate beer. The result of this complicated brewing process? It would seem like one of the most cutting edge beer and wine hybrids created yet.

Look for Firestone Walker Rosalie in 12-ounce cans year-round this month. Draft will launch in April 2019.

Style: Hybrid Beer (w/ Grapes. Hibiscus.)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round.
Debut: January 2019

5% ABV

Image: Firestone Walker

Posted in Cigar City Brewing, New Releases

Mixed Pack Exclusive: Cigar City Space Pope IPA

Cigar City Space Pope IPA

Cigar City Space Pope IPA launches exclusively in the brewery’s new Mixed 12-Pack in January 2019.

The Tampa, Florida brewery describes this release as “a bright, citrusy IPA of 7.3% ABV that’s loaded with Mosaic, Citra, Hallertauer Blanc, and Galaxy hops to highlight notes of candied orange and tangerine.”

Available in 12-ounce cans nationally in the newly released Mixed 12-Pack, and sporadic draft releases as well as the brewery’s taproom.

Style: IPA
Hops: Galaxy, Citra, Mosaic, Hallertauer Blanc

Availability: 12oz Cans (Mixed Pack), Draft.
Debut: January 2019

7.3% ABV

Posted in Coming Soon, Creature Comforts, Headlines

More Run the Jewels: Creature Comforts STAY G-O-L-D returns at month’s end

Creature Comforts Stay Gold IPA

Creature Comforts STAY G-O-L-D, a collaboration with rap duo Run the Jewels will be available again on January 29th. 

Chicago based Pipeworks, New York’s Interboro and Asheville, North Carolina’s Burial Beer Co. have all created their own versions of Stay G-O-L-D in the past.

Athens, Georgia has their own edition of these hit beer collaborations – Creature Comforts STAY G-O-L-D returns again at the end of January. STAY G-O-L-D is brewed with Citra, Mosaic, Chinook, and Strata hops.

“Stay G-O-L-D is a high impact, yet very drinkable IPA, We’re all big fans of Run the Jewels here at Creature Comforts so we were thrilled to have another opportunity to collaborate with them.” – said Co-Founder and Head Brewer David Stein.

Creature Comforts STAY G-O-L-D will be available on-site at the brewery in Athens, Georgia on January 29th. A limited amount will be available in distribution in both Athens and Atlanta after launch day.

Style: IPA
Hops: Citra, Mosaic, Chinook, Strata.

Availablity: 16oz Cans
Debut: 10/26/17
Latest Return: 1/29/19

6% ABV

Images: Beer Street Journal

Creature Comforts Stay GOLD IPA 2017

PIC: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Don't Miss This, Rogue Brewing, Rogue Spirits

Rogue Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey debuts, after two years in stout barrels

Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey

Before we delve into Rogue’s newest spirit, you need to understand the labor-intensive process that led up to it. It’s a pretty long process.

The best place to start has to be Rogue Farms, the brewery’s agricultural arm of their operation in Independence, Oregon. It is there the brewery grows the hops and malts used in a plethora of their beers, especially Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout. It only gets more complicated from here.

Before the brewery in Newport, Oregon is busy making an imperial stout, the Rogue distillery had taken some beer mash to distill into white whiskey. That whiskey hasn’t been aging in barrels Rogue simply just ordered from a cooperage. Rogue’s got one of those too. In-house barrel-maker Nate Linquist makes barrels out of Oregon Oak (Quercus garryana) that are then charred before the whiskey is left to age.

Once the whiskey was done, Rolling Thunder was transferred into the wet barrels for barrel-aging for months before bottling. Pretty labor intensive for a barrel-aged imperial stout.

Now, Rogue has gone a step further. Those barrels that once had Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout were filled again with Rogue barrel-aged whiskey to finish in the stout touched barrels for an additional two years.

Farm to brewery. Brewery to distilling. Coopering, charring, aging. Rogue continues to do it all. Now you can get Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey for your spirits collection. According to Rogue, this new whiskey release boasts prominent notes of chocolate and coffee that complement the flavors of whiskey-soaked Oregon Oak.

Rogue Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey is available in 750-milliliter bottles nationally in limited quantities.

Rogue-Rolling-Thunder-Barrels

Rogue Rolling Thunder rests in barrels in Newport, Oregon. PIC: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Coming Soon, Monday Night Brewing

“Bridge Collapsing” Monday Night Don’t Call It Hotlanta returns ahead of the Super Bowl

Monday Night Don't Call It Hotlanta can

Monday Night Don’t Call It Hotlanta returns ahead of the city’s hosting of the Super Bowl.

Last year, the brewery’s Black Tie Series became home to this quadruple dry-hopped imperial India pale ale, brewed with Columbus, Citra, and Galaxy hops. According to the brewery, it’s a “bridge collapsing” 8.5% alcohol by volume. Don’t know what that means by bridge collapsing in Atlanta? Google it. It was truly a shitshow.

With the unpredictability of Atlanta’s spring weather, this cloudy double IPA pops with sunny tropical notes on the nose. It drinks dank and finishes with a bit of bitterness, much like an Atlanta sports fan.

Monday Night Don’t Call It Hotlanta will be available once again in a new 16-ounce can format and draft for a limited time starting January 25th.

Drink it in good health… and don’t call it  “Hotlanta”.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Citra, Galaxy, Columbus
Malts: Pilsner, 2-Row, Flaked Oats

Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: 4/29/18
Latest Return: 1/25/19

8.5% ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal