Anchor Brewing Company (San Francisco, CA) announced today the addition of Anchor Saison Spring Ale to their lineup.
While saisons originate in Wallonia, a French-speaking portion of Belgium. Anchor is taking a “California twist” to this saison, with the addition of in state grown lemongrass, lemon pepper, and ginger.
…The distinctiveness of roasted Belgian wheat malt is enhanced by the peppery, clove-like flavors of a locally cultured saison-style yeast. And, for this release, Anchor chose three California ingredients—lemongrass, lemon peel, and ginger—whose synergy adds a tangy crispness and herbal spiciness to this sharply refreshing, uniquely Californian saison.
Anchor recently released Fort Ross Farmhouse Ale in the Zymaster Series. That was the first time the brewery has brewed/experimented with a Belgian-style yeast. After the big response, Head brewer Mark Carpenter thought a saison would fit the Anchor lineup nicely. Look for Anchor Saison from now until May, 2014.
Avery Brewing’s 18th release in the Barrel Aged Series is Opuntia, a sour ale.
As with each release in the series, this sour ale has been “dosed” with prickly pears, and aged in tequila barrels for 9 months. “Opuntia” refers to the genus of catus that produces prickly pears.
Red Hare Brewing (Marietta, GA) will launch Cotton Tail Pale Ale on Saturday, March 1st. No other details yet, other than the release date.
If you go:
Saturday, March 1 @ the brewery 2-4pm!
Live Music from The Acorns, Yumbi Food Truck on site.
BLAKKR is an imperial black ale, (black IPA) brewed at all three breweries. Three Floyds released bombers last Saturday at the brewery in Indiana.
Surly Brewing will release 16oz tallboys of BLAKKR on Feburary 24th.
Real Ale is packaging BLAKKR in 12oz cans, and will arrive alongside SXSW on March 15th.
Style: Black IPA
Availability: 22oz Bombers, 12oz Cans, 22oz Cans
Arrival: See Above
Surly launch events:
We’ll be doing a BLAKKR Can Release Party at Grumpy’s Northeast on Sunday, February 23 from 3-7pm, where there’ll be a limited amount of BLAKKR cans available. You can also get a limited edition BLAKKR poster signed by artist Michael Berglund. We’ll also be giving away a poster signed by all three breweries and the artist.
BLAKKR Tap Release Party at Grumpy’s Downtown Minneapolis on Monday, February 24. BLAKKR will be tapped at 7:06pm. There’ll be a DJ from Into the Void, BLAKKR merch will be for sale and we’ll be giving away one limited edition BLAKKR poster signed by all three breweries and artist Michael Berglund.
Twitter: #SurlyBLAKKR hashtag
There’s a new can in Mother Earth Brewing’s portfolio - Park Day Bohemian Style Pilsner.
The pilsner wine bronze last year the Great American Beer Festival. The brewery had been waiting for the beginning of warmer weather to unleash this new year round offering. Brew Master, Josh D. Brewer:
“Our traditional Bohemian style Pilsner is brewed with Weyermann Bohemian Pilsner malt and tettnang hops. Straw in color, this light-bodied, 4.8% session beer, offers a floral malty nose and a clean, crisp, malty hop taste. Enjoy Park Day for a day in the park or all year long.”
Look for distribution begins in early March, 2014.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Distribution: NC, GA, Washington D.C., Northern Virginia
Goose Island Brewing (Chicago) will kick off their new Goose Island Imperial Series with an IPA dubbed The Illinois.
The imperial IPA is full of big “c” hops (for those none beer geeky folks, those pretty bold hops). While an officially press release from Goose Island is pending, expect this beer to release on February 24th, 2014.
The Illinois is an homage to the mile high skyscraper Frank Lloyd Wright designed for the city of Chicago that was never built. Had it been built, it would still be the tallest building in the world today. Inspired by this big idea, Goose Island’s brewers craft a beer with a towering hop character.
Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Chinook, Cascade, Citra, Meridian
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. (Tentative)
9% ABV, 95 IBUS
Yazoo Brewing Company (Nashville, TN) is making some changes in 2014. Among those are a few seasonal additions, starting with Yazoo Spring.
Yazoo Spring is a helles bock brewed with German malts, and lager yeast.
It has a nice deep tan color with a slight bready sweet aroma that has a light mouth feel, finishing with a smooth malty and clean hop flavor. Quinn, our lead brewer here at Yazoo, created the recipe and the 6 pack and bottle artwork was taken from original artwork created by Linus’s mother.
To celebrate the launch, Yazoo is throwing a series of parties covering 7 cities in 7 different nights leading up to Fat Tuesday in their hometown of Nashville. Visit www.YazooMardicrawl.com for more details.
Style: Helles Bock
Hops: Perle, Hallertau, Hersbucker
Malts: Pilsner, Munich, Cara Helles
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft