Wild Heaven Fest Beer sees daylight for the first time in the brewery’s taproom on September 22nd.
A few years ago, brewery co-founder Eric Johnson debuted Autumn Defense, his rendition of the fall transitive beer. Defense was an ale, with a pronounced bright citrus flavor and brewed heavy-handedly with Munich malt.
Wild Heaven Fest Beer is much more traditional when compared to Autumn Defense. This release is a true Marzen lager, which features the Grungeist hop. “That hop is amazing,” Johnson says. ” I believe it has Hallertauer parentage and has a rose water flavor like Tettnanger that works so well with the lightly toasted malt.”
Wild Heaven Fest Beer will be available on draft and 12-ounces cans when the brewery opens on Saturday.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Hi-Wire Hop Circus Tropical White IPA will lead off new “Hop Circus”, a year-round series of rotating India pale ales.
The Asheville, North Carolina based brewery has found great success with their Hi-Pitch Mosaic India Pale Ale, as well as their hazy Hazy&Juicy&Hoppy&Fresh series of IPAs. Instead of departing too far from these hoppy successes, Hi-Wire is opting to tack on a rotating series of beer’s most popular style – the India pale ale.
Hi-Wire Hop Circus Tropical White IPA is the inaugural release in this “Hop Circus”, a white (wheat heavy) IPA. The “tropical’ is thanks to mango and pineapple fruit, plus a blast of white grape and citrus from Hallertau Blanc and Citra hops. “With the Hop Circus series, we get to meet in the middle by experimenting in the wide range of IPA styles, but keeping the beer at a more affordable price point,” says brewery co-owner Chris Frosaker.
Tropical White IPA, as well as all the Hop Circus releases, are available in 12-ounce cans and draft across the brewery’s entire distribution footprint.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. One-Off Release.
Debut: September 2018
Creature Comforts Common Things debuts this month, a collaboration with the University of Georgia Honeybee program.
Common Things is a mixed culture saison brewed with local honey. Creature Comforts worked with the University of Georgia honeybee program. (The original brewery is located just blocks from the campus.)
This new saison is fermented with the honey in stainless steel tanks before being refermented in bottles.
“We’ve learned a lot about ways to use honey through previous projects and putting it in a light, tart, refreshing beer felt like the next progression. We’re also excited to have another opportunity to showcase locally sourced ingredients in our beer.” – Blake Tyers, Wood Cellar, and Specialty Brand Manager
Creature Comforts Common Things will be available at the brewery on August 25th in 750-milliliter bottles. The label art was created by staff member Melissa Merrill.
Image: Creature Comforts
Three Taverns Lord Fog debuts at the brewery on Friday – inspired by the London Fog beverage.
Those unfamiliar with a London Fog, the beverage is made with hot tea, hot milk and a touch of vanilla syrup. Three Taverns Lord Fog is brewed in a similar fashion. This Sour Asylum Series release is brewed with Earl Grey tea, lactose milk sugar, vanilla, and lavender.
Lord Fog will be available with the brewery opens on Friday, August 24th in 12-ounce cans.
Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half, originally the third release in the brewery’s Backstage Series, returns in August.
The grumpy “Curmudgeon” on the label is best known for appearances on hiatus old ale by the same name. In February 2012, the brewery released Curmudgeon’s Better Half as a part of their Backstage Series, now known as the Barrel-Aged Series.
Curmudgeon’s Better Half is the familiar old ale brewed with molasses and aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels. (Similar to Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout.) Fan demand prompted the return of this boozy treat.
Six years later, how is it? Let’s take it back to December. Christmas saw the return of another legendary beer in Founders lineup – Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS). The fans clamored and traded for it like it would cure cancer. The reviews ended up being a little mixed, and here’s our theory why. It’s been a quite a while since the last release, and so many barrel-aged beers have come and gone in that time span. Folks built it up in their minds over the years to a level CBS couldn’t achieve, no matter how good it actually was.
Curmudgeon’s Better Half was pretty great in our opinion six years ago and really hasn’t been subjected to this mental buildup over the past half decade. We never thought we’d see it again. With the first sip, we are instantly reminded of the subtle beauty of this beer. There aren’t a lot of old ales running around breweries these days. The original Curmudgeon was brewed with molasses and had a touch of sweetness that mixes with hints of brown sugar and caramel. This version aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels didn’t throw “Better Half” over the top. Each sip is a subtle symphony of vanilla oak, sweet maple, caramel malt, with a finishing alcoholic heat and lingering sweetness. A slow sipper after dinner, or in a rocking chair on a porch as the sunsets. Our love affair was rekindled immediately.
Every year, the brewery plans to bring new creations to their coveted Barrel-Aged Series, but a few releases from the past beg to be re-released. Founders fans have been begging for Curmudgeon’s Better Half to return since it’s release 6 years ago. “This was a beer that needed to get back into the rotation,” says Barrel Maestro, Jason Heystek.
Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half will make its return starting August 24th in the new 12-ounce bottle format, 750-milliliter bottles, as well as draft.
12.7% ABV, 35 IBUs
Trillium Peanut Butter PM Dawn is now on sale at the brewery in Boston.
This decadent adventure starts as an American stout brewed with cold brewed coffee from Barrington Roasters in Lee, Massachusetts. Celebrating the brewery’s fifth anniversary, Trillium has thrown in peanut butter. The line forms to the left.
The brewery scaled back the cold brew for this edition to make room for a heavy dose of America’s favorite nut butter.
Trillium Peanut Butter PM Dawn presents an opaque black with brown head and lacing. A strong nose of freshly ground peanuts, chocolate peanut butter milkshake and hints of dark plum from the coffee, is followed by a full-bodied palate, rich with complementary flavors of roasty coffee, swirling dark chocolate/cocoa and finishes with delicious peanut butter.
If you find yourself close to the brewery, now is the time to snag this beer. Peanut Butter PM Dawn is available in 16-ounce cans right….now.
Availability: 16oz Cans. Limited Release.
Image: Trillium Brewing
Springfield, Missouri’s Mother’s Brewing Hands Down Pale Ale hits shelves this week; a new year-round release.
“A supremely drinkable pale ale that doesn’t skimp on hop flavor” is how Mother’s describes this new beer. This hazy, New England Style pale ale is heavily dry-hopped for a burst of hop flavor, while maintaining a low finishing bitterness.
Intensive dry-hopping provides juicy citrus and berry hop flavor with restrained bitterness. Light, bright, and crisp, this is Hands Down your Mother’s favorite pale ale.
Mother’s suggests drinking Hands Down with smoked ribs with potato salad, spicy pad thai, salmon and mango salsa, and key lime pie. Or if you’re like us a Beer Street Journal – anything you have in the pantry.
Mother’s Brewing Hand’s Down Pale Ale is available year-round in 12-ounce bottles and draft.
Style: Pale Ale
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: Late August 2018
Image: Mothers Brewing