Posted in Coming Soon, Don't Miss This, Terrapin Beer Company

Pineapples & payapas in future Terrapin Panama Krunkles

Terrapin Panama Krunkles

The fictitious, hop-loving character that hails from Athens, Georgia is on another flavor trip. This time to Panama.

Krunkles has gone by many different names in the past – Dr. Krunkles, Samurai Krunkles, Indiana Krunkles, and new tropically inspired Luau Krunkles. Taking a tropical spin through Central America, Terrapin Panama Krunkles is on the horizon.

This edition features papaya and pineapple against the hoppy backdrop of the India pale ale.

Continuing his world brewing tour, Krunkles is back with another fruit-forward IPA. “Panama Krunkles” blends the tropical juiciness of pineapple and papaya for this Central American-inspired beer.”

Terrapin Panama Krunkles will be available in 12 ounce cans and draft. The brewery has not yet announced this offering.

Style: IPA (w/ Payapa. Pineapple.)
Availability: 12oz Cans. Draft.
Debut: TBA

6.5% ABV, 77 IBUS

Posted in Abnormal Beer Co., Coming Soon, Headlines, Stone Brewing Co.

Inspired by ice cream: Stone Neopolitan Dynamite

Stone Neopolitan Dynamite

Ice cream inspired beer? Stone Neopolitan Dynamite, a collaboration with Abnormal Beer Co. and American Homebrew Association Rally winners Paul Bischeri and Patrick Martinez, is on the way.

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2017 marks the 10th year AHA members have submitted their beers for judging which includes team members at Stone Brewing. Past winners include Ken Schmidt twice (Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout) and (Kona Coffee, Macadamia, Coconut Porter)and Jason Fields and Kevin Sheppard (Chocolate Cherry Stout). The winner brewer or brewers gets to brew the beer on a production scale, usually with a guest production brewery.

This year’s release Stone Neopolitan Dynamite is inspired by Neopolitan ice cream. The base beer is an imperial stout, brewed with strawberries, vanilla, chocolate and coffee.

You hold in your hands the most recent winner. Finding inspiration in that humble box of striped ice cream from out childhoods, Neapolitan Dynamite is an intense Imperial Stout brewed with vanilla, strawberries, an chocolate, revved up with a shot of coffee to fuel the ultimate dance contest on your palate, gosh!

Stone mentions this Rex Kwon Do of imperial stouts has it all. Nunchuck skills, computer hacking skills, AND bow hunting skills. Plus it pairs well with a liger. That’s have man, half tiger.

Stone Neopolitan Dynamite will be available in 22 ounce bottles. The brewery has not officially announced this release.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberries. Coffee)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: TBA

8.5% ABV

Posted in Hoppin' Frog Brewing, New Releases

Hoppin Frog debuts their first cans with Grapefruit Turbo Shandy

Hoppin Frog Grapefruit Turbo Shandy

Today marks a first for Akron, Ohio’s Hoppin Frog – cans. The brewery has chosen Grapefruit Turbo Shandy has the first aluminum addition.

For the longest time, Hoppin Frog has been releasing their boozy lineup in 22 ounce bottle and draft. Grapefruit Turbo Shandy is no different, it’s 7% alcohol by volume.

Unlike traditional shandy’s, Turbo Shandy revs it up a couple notches with a high test, full flavored approach as only Hoppin’ Frog can do!

Summer heat is perfect drinking weather, but those 22 ounce bottles of Turbo aren’t pool approved. Today, Fred Karm and his brewery are testing the waters for future can releases.

Grapefruit Turbo Shandy is available at the brewery today, June 22nd, with distribution to follow shortly after. Estimated retail price – $14.99.

Style: Shandy (w/ Grapefruit)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut (Cans): 6/22/17

7% ABV

Posted in Headlines

Java Stout out, Bell’s Arabicadabra goes up

Bell's Arabicadabra

This fall a new coffee heavy milk stout will debut in Michigan – Bell’s Arabicadabra.

The slightly complicated to say name is a play on the Arabica coffee beans in this release. Bell’s chose Grand Rapids, Michican based Ferris Coffee. At least for 2017, Bell’s Arabicadabra will stand in for longstanding favorite, Java Stout.

Arabicadabra uses cold coffee extract made at the brewery, using Nicaraguan and Sumatran coffee beans and a touch of the milk sugar.

Java Stout will always have a special place in our portfolio and isn’t being permanently retired. This year, we are changing things up a bit. Arabicadabra is a different take on a coffee stout and very similar to a local favorite that was released at our pub and at some events. It’s time to share it with an even larger audience.” – Laura Bell, CEO

Bell’s Arabicadabra will be available in 12 ounce bottles and draft in fall, 2017.

Style: Milk Stout (w/ Coffee. Lactose.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: Fall, 2017

5.5% ABV

Posted in Beer News

Chicago’s Moxee Barbecue and Mad Mouse Brewery to close

This might be a blip on the radar for some. Chicago’s Moxee Barbecue and Mad Mouse Brewery will close at the end of the month.

June 30th will end a 3-year stint at 724 W. Maxwell St.

While the location will close by the end of the month, the beer will live on; brewed at Moxee’s sister location, Prairie Moon in Evanston. The owners also operate Wheatberry Tavern in Buchanan, Michigan.

The full Facebook post can be found below.

After three years of smokin’ and brewin’ on Maxwell Street, Moxee Barbecue and Mad Mouse Brewery is closing on June 30.

Mad Mouse beer is going to continue to be brewed and available at our Evanston restaurant, Prairie Moon.

There are so many fantastic people we’ve met in the past three years and we truly thank you for your support and business. We will miss seeing you. To our regulars (you know who you are), many of whom would come more than once per day, we simply can’t thank you enough for making us a part of your lives. Your friendship has made our time on Maxwell Street very special.

From the time we opened we have had had an amazing staff. Dedicated, thoughtful, and caring people who we are very fortunate to know. Thank you!

You can come see us at our other two restaurants, Wheatberry Tavern in Buchanan, Michigan, and Prairie Moon in Evanston. We also have other irons in the fire so you can expect to hear some updates in the coming months.

Posted in Carolina Bauernhaus Ales, New Releases

Dry hopped sour: Carolina Bauernhaus Kuningilin

Carolina Bauernhaus Kuningilin

Carolina Bauernhaus Kuningilin debuts on June 24th.

Nearby Asheville, North Carolina Riverbend Malt House and their Wrens Abruzzi Rye Malt serves at the base inspiration for this new release. Head brewery and co-founder Keston Helfrich oak soured a golden ale, then dry-hopped it with Vic Secret and Amarillo hops.

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The wren, not only the name of the malt, but pictured on the label, is “king of the birds” according to German legend. It is said it got that title by hitching a ride on the back of an eagle in order to become the highest flying bird in the world.

The spicy and earthy character of the rye malt used in this rustic refined ale is held aloft by a tart acidity drawn from our house strain of natively collected lactobacillus and crowned by a bright dry hop blend of Vic Secret and Amarillo hops.

Carolina Bauernhaus Kuningilin will be available in 750 milliliter bottles when the brewery opens on June 24th.

Style: American Wild Ale
Hops: Vic Secret, Amarillo
Malt: Wrens Abruzzi Rye

Availability: 750ml Bottles
Debut: 6/24/17

 

Posted in Don't Miss This, Seasonal Return, Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Mocha IPA is a chocolatey, citrusy, coffee buzz

Stone Mocha IPA

Stone Mocha IPA will be back in action this month across the brewery’s entire distribution network.

Taking the brewery’s love of India pale ales, and adding coffee and chocolate, and this new seasonal was born. Stone already excels at India pale ales. That little touch of chocolate and coffee makes this imperial IPA impossible to put down. So much so, another coffee and chocolate recipe was recently a part of the Enjoy By Series. 

One of the best IPAs in Stone’s lineup. Everyone already knows Stone Brewing and hops are a match made in heaven. Some of their IPAs are extremely hoppy, some are citrus heavy, tropical, even fruited. Adding coffee and chocolate to hoppy/bitter IPA has been hit or miss in final flavor for years. Then we try Stone Mocha IPA, and we are sold. Coffee and chocolate can truly play well together. Chocolate flavors fade to coffee, with a burst of citrusy hops rounding out each sip. Weird and wonderful beginning to end.

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Clearly, style lines have been crossed. Is it half-IPA, half-stout? Not quite. It’s definitely all IPA, but it’s also the best of both styles, making this love child of a beer simply just a beautiful, pleasure-seeking meld of imperial IPA and mocha indulgence. How did we come up with this inexplicably delicious creation? Well, that doesn’t really matter. What matters is that it exists and that it’s here for you now, thanks to our deliberate disregard for brewing norms. Some things are not meant to be known, just enjoyed…thoroughly.

Stone Mocha IPA is a draft and 12 ounce bottle offering, returning in June, 2017.

Style: Imperial IPA (w/ Chocolate, Coffee.)
Hops: Cascade, Citra, Amarillo
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Seasonal offering.

Debut: June, 2016
Returning: June, 2017

9% ABV, 80 IBUs

PIC: Beer Street Journal