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The 4th Barrel-Aged release from Founders arrives in June: ‘Barrel Runner’

Founders Barrel Runner

Founders Barrel Runner will join the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series in June.

When the weather is finally warmer, expect to be sipping this pirate-themed rum ladened offering – Founders Barrel Runner. The base beer is an imperial India pale ale brewed with mosaic hops, that has been aged in rum barrels.

This will be the 4th release in the Michigan-based brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series lineup this year. Right now, Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) is hitting shelves now, fan favorite Backwoods Bastard will be available year-round starting in April, as well as new Founders Dankwood (bourbon barrel-aged red ale) which will also debut in April.

Founders Barrel Runner will be available in 12-ounce and 22-ounce bottles and draft, starting in June 2018.

Style: Imperial IPA (Barrel Aged. Rum.)
Hops: Mosaic

Availability: 12oz Bottles, 22oz Bottles, Draft. June-August
Debut: June 2018

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Posted in Don't Miss This, Yuengling

Yuengling is releasing their first year-round beer in 17 years

Yuengling Golden Pilsner

Yuengling Golden Pilsner debuts on April 1st- the brewery’s first new core product in 17 years. 

America’s largest craft brewery calls it a “modern pilsner”. Despite the “modern” moniker, Yuengling Golden Pilsner actually uses traditional noble hops – Saaz and Hallertau in their interpretation of the pilsner. This release joins best selling Traditional Lager, Yuengling Light, and Black & Tan as a part of the brewery’s core lineup.

The Golden Pilsner announcement also coincides in the same week that the Brewers Association released updates to their beer style guidelines to include “Contemporary Pilsner”. The expanded definition covers the market growth in American-brewed pilsners with bolder, American hop varieties.

Yuengling Golden Pilsner – an all-malt beer – combines pale and specialty malts, and Hallertau and Saaz hops, to create a bold, noble hop flavored brew that with a smooth, clean finish. The balance of flavors and enhanced drinkability offers a “New Standard in Refreshment” for beer drinkers.  “We spent over 18 months developing this beer and believe it is a great choice for outdoor, social and active occasions. We’re excited for consumers to try it,” said Yuengling. – Jen Yuengling, brewer

Yuengling Golden Pilsner will debut in Cleveland, Ohio, Harrisburg and Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, Atlanta, the Virginia Beach area, Rhode Island. Tampa and Fort Myers, and Orlando, Florida on April 1st. The expanded rollout will take place in late April and May.

Style: Pilsner
Hops: Saaz, Hallertau

Availability: 12oz Bottles, 12oz Cans, 16oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round
Debut: 4/1/18

4.7% ABV

Posted in Jackalope Brewing, Seasonal Return

Raspberries & strawberries. Jackalope Brewing Lovebird is back in cans

Jackalope Brewing Lovebird

Jackalope Brewing Lovebird, a limited release hefeweizen, has been canned once again.

Creating Lovebird requires nearly 200 pounds of strawberries, and raspberries. Perfect for drinking in rounds of two, or with someone you love.

The fruit adds a tartness and berry aroma, as well as a slightly pink color to the brew.

Jackalope Brewing Lovebird is available in limited quantities around Nashville, Tennessee in 12 ounce cans, and draft.

Style: Hefeweizen (w/ Strawberries, Raspberries)
Availability: 12oz Cans. Limited Release
Latest Return: Late March 2018

4.4% ABV, 12 IBUs

Image: Jackalope Brewing

Posted in Don't Miss This, Evil Twin Brewing, Westbrook Brewing Co

Pastry stout fan? Wait until you read the name of this Evil Twin & Westbrook collaboration

Evil Twin Maple Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Mexican Biscotti Toasted Coconut Cake Break

Evil Twin Maple Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Mexican Biscotti Toasted Coconut Cake Break is a future bottle potential. The name is quite the mouthful.

Evil Twin is in the process of building their first brick and mortar location in New York City. In the meantime, Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso has “gypsy” brewing stateside at various breweries -one being Westbrook Brewing in South Carolina.

The origin of this mega-collaboration starts as Evil Twin’s Biscotti Break and Westbrook Brewing’s Mexican Cake Imperial Stout. The two brewing teams combine the two beers into one beast of a beer – Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake BreakThey didn’t stop there. Barrel-aged variants surfaced Double Barrel Aged Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break, aged in Marsala wine and bourbon barrels, and Evil Twin Maple Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break.

if you didn’t know pastry stouts are alive and well in the brewing industry, then let this serve as your official notice. Half the lines at breweries on Saturdays are for pastry stouts. A beer name like Evil Twin Maple Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Mexican Biscotti Toasted Coconut Cake Break is enough to make a beer geek break out in a sweat.

Evil Twin Maple Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Mexican Biscotti Toasted Coconut Cake Break is slated to be a 22-ounce bottle release. The brewery has not yet announced this offering.

Style: Imperial Stout (CoconutCoffee, Cinnamon, Almonds, Cocoa Nibs, Habanero Peppers. Barrel Aged. Maple Syrup Barrel Aged.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Debut: TBA

10.5% ABV

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The man that sued 21st Amendment is now suing Pabst Blue Ribbon

Brendan Peacock, the man that sued 21st Amendment in early 2017, is suing another brewery. This time, it’s Pabst Blue Ribbon.

This lawsuit is focused on the Olympia Beer brand, owned by PBR, and their slogan “It’s in the water”.

The beer’s description uses the term “pure mountain water” in the course of describing the beer’s ingredients. Peacock, 37, asserts in the filing that allusion that the water originates from a spring in Tumwater, Washington is false. In reality, the water is sourced from reservoirs Los Angeles County.

That doesn’t sit well with Peacock, who identifies himself as a  “beer, and craft beer consumer” according to the March 15th filing in California Eastern District Court, Sacramento Office.

He purchased the beer from a grocery store in April of last year and was deceived by the advertising. Apparently, it is unclear where the water actually comes from in the Los Angeles County. Peacock obviously did some Googling and found stories of groundwater contamination dating back to the years prior to his ill-fated purchase.

Peacock is seeking class-action status. This isn’t his first lawsuit rodeo either.

In Spring of 2017, Peacock sued 21st Amendment Cafe, (Case # 3:17-cv-01918) stating he paid a premium price for the craft beer, thinking it was brewed in California. In reality, some of the beer was being produced in Minnesota (as the brewery mentioned on their website) while they built their San Leandro facility. That fact didn’t sit well with Peacock who is upset the beer was not brewed in the bay area, prompting the lawsuit.

An “Order to File Stipulation of Dismissal” was just filed on March 6th. It appears that 21st Amendment is settling with Peacock. A dismissal or statement on the case is due April 20th.

Peacock has also sued a guacamole maker over ingredient and marketing as well.

[Via SacBee]

Posted in New Releases, Port Brewing Company

Nude surfing spot inspires Port Brewing Nelson the Greeter

Port Brewing Nelson the Greeter

Port Brewing Nelson the Greeter is the latest hoppy offering by the San Marcos, California based brewery.

Apparently named for a well-known clothing optional surf spot, Port Brewing Nelson The Greeter features Denali, Lemondrop, Mosaic and of course – Nelson Sauvin hops. In 2017, the brewery added Nelson into the recipe and loved the bold tropical fruit flavors it produced, prompting a second release of this beer.

Notes of Gooseberry and passion fruit dominate the nose with clean tangerine and freshly cut stone fruit notes leading to a smooth bitter citrus finish.

Port Brewing Nelson The Greeter is available both at the brewery and across Port’s distribution network in late March 2018.

Style: IPA
Hops: Denali, Lemondrop, Nelson Sauvin, Mosaic

Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft
Debut: Mid-March 2018

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Posted in Don't Miss This, Hi Wire Brewing, Seasonal Return

One of our favorites from last year. Hi-Wire Citra Gose returns to shelves

Hi-Wire Citra Gose can

The Asheville, North Carolina based Hi-Wire Brewing’s specialty lineup has recently included stars like Pink Drink, 10W-40 Imperial Stout, and, Man Eater. A Beer Street Journal favorite from 2017 Hi-Wire Citra Gose is making a second appearance this month.

The tart gose is big on the tropical notes of Citra hops which fall on a background of sour tartness. Gose is a great beer, but throw in the aspects of Citra hops, and the real winner is your taste buds. This release is so bright you’ve got to wear shades. Every sip of this is a reminder that warm weather is coming.

Hi-Wire Citra Gose is available in 16-ounce cans and draft in limited quantities across the brewery’s distribution footprint.

Style: Gose
Hops: Citra

Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: 5/12/17
Latest Return: March 2018

4.2% ABV

Image: Beer Street Journal