Wicked Weed Xibalba has returned to the Asheville, North Carolina brewery’s for a second time.
Wicked Weed Xibalba (aka she-bahl-ba) is an imperial pumpkin ale brewed with chilies, cacao nibs, and a host of spices. Perhaps a compelling reason to not rage against pumpkin beers.
For everything there is a season and tradition. That’s why our pumpkin ale, brewed with cacao nibs, ancho, serrano, and habanero chilies with fall spices, is brewed once a year during the onset of autumn. Inspired by the mythos of the ancients, Xibalba (she-bahl-ba) is an otherworldly reminder that seasons are fleeting and to be celebrated.
Wicked Weed Xibalba is a 16.9 ounce bottle release, available at the brewery and in distribution.
The Sam Adams Fall Variety pack is on shelves now, featuring a few new and unique beers.
The twelve-pack features two mainstays – Boston Lager, Oktoberfest. Additionally you’ll find new Hoppy Red, Bonfire Blonde, Maple Ale, and Toasted Caramel Bock.
Sam Adams Oktoberfest is available in 6 packs, 12 packs, and draft, seasonally.
Collectively, the two breweries have bragging rights as they each brew some of the most popular India pale ales in the southeast. (See Wicked Weed Pernicious and Creature Comforts Tropicalia.) Both are known for being hoppy, juicy, and downright decadent IPAs.
Here in mid-2016, fruited IPAs are all the rage. The fruited subset of the most popular style in the craft brewing segment has made the biggest sales gains over past 18 months according the Brewer’s Association. When it comes to Wicked Weed Juiceless, the breweries tout “cracking the juicy code” without using actual fruit. They have created a juicy IPA without juice. It’s “Juiceless.”
How are they doing it? They are using the biggest, most fruit-forward hops around. If the label artwork is any indication, you’ll find hoppy pineapple notes.
Wicked Weed and Creature Comforts love the citrusy, crisp, hoppy flavor of fruited IPAs, but we wanted to put a unique twist on this delicious style. For this collaboration beer, we cracked the juicy code without using any fruit. Is it hoppy? Of course. Smooth? Certainly. Juicy? THE JUICIEST. Made with fruit? Absolutely not. All the fruit flavor, all from the hops. This beer IS what it ISN’T
Wicked Weed Juiceless will be a 16.9 ounce bottle offering, bottled by Wicked Weed in Asheville. The first bottles will be available alongside to most recent return of White Angel this weekend. Distribution to follow the first week of September.
Availability: 16.9oz Bottles
Carolina Bauernhaus 18 Mile Red Grand Cru bottles will be available starting this week. The Anderson, South Carolina based brewery debuted their first bottles in June.
Carolina Bauernhaus 18 Mile Red Grand Cru is the brewery’s Belgian-style red sour ale, brewed with rye malt, and aged for six months in Tempranillo barrels. The souring Lactobacillus bacteria was isolated from opuntia fruit by SouthYeast Labs in La France, South Carolina.
This is a sour red ale brewed with NC heirloom rye malt fermented and aged for six months in a single regional wine barrel. This ale has a bright acidity and is filled with dark fruit notes and an oaky character. The acidity is drawn from a strain of native lactobacillus, a blend of local yeasts, and a pair of Brettanomyces strains.
22 ounce bottles will be on sale in the brewery’s tap room starting August, 23rd.
Boulevard Tasting Room Rosemary IPA joins the brewery’s Tasting Room Series this fall.
As the name suggests, the Tasting Room Series got its start in Boulevard’s Kansas City, Missouri Tasting Room. A selection of test batches, one-offs and other experiments that could one day be a full production brew.
Some of the beers are so well received in the Tasting Room, they get a small promotion to the brewery’s Sample Twelve Mixed Pack, that does see distribution. This fall, Boulevard Tasting Room Rosemary IPA is a part of that pack.
Inspired by a beer from Cerveza Granizo tasted during a judging session in Chile, Boulevard Brewmaster Steven Pauwels became intrigued with the idea of using rosemary in a hop forward beer to explore the interaction between bright herbaceous/savory flavors and punchy/fruity hops.
You can taste the result yourself in the fall Sample Twelve Pack, that ships to all Boulevard markets. Boulevard Tasting Room Rosemary IPA is a 12 ounce bottle release, joined by a new Milk Stout in the box.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Mixed Pack only
Debut: August, 2016
6% ABV, 59 IBUs
Great Divide Nadia Kali had made a June debut. The beer kicks off the Denver, Colorado based brewery’s new Tank Farm Series.
Hibiscus gives Great Divide Nadia Kali its pink color. The brewery didn’t stop there, however. The saison also boasts ginger and lemon peel as well.
…while ginger root gives it a subtle spice and hint of woodsy maturity, and lemon peel adds a citrus tartness to keep you on your toes. Full of complexity and intrigue, this unfiltered beauty will show you just how deceiving looks can be.
The most striking aspect of this beer is the color. Slightly pink – almost glows in the sun. No doubt you are drinking a full flavored saison, as the yeast tells most of the story. The ginger and lemon bolster a nice, fresh flavor. A great warm weather drinker. Remember, it’s still hot out there.
Great Divide Nadia Kali started shipping in 12 ounce bottles and draft in June, 2016 as a seasonal release.
Image: Beer Street Journal
Boulevard Tasting Room Milk Stout is a part of the brewery’s Sample Twelve mixed pack this fall.
The series is named for beers found only in Boulevard’s Kansas City Tasting Room. That was, until the brewery started taking a few hand select winners and putting them into the Sample Twelve pack. The mixed box changes seasonally.
Boulevard Tasting Room Milk Stout is brewed with Cara 100, 120 and 300 malt, plus Patagonia Black Pearl. Those malts give the beer strong flavors of chocolate and caramel that compliment the creaminess of the lactose milk sugar addition.
Tasting Room – Milk Stout opens with aromas of bittersweet chocolate, espresso and toffee that transition to flavors of the same. The addition of lactose, a non-fermentable sugar, works with the rolled oats to deliver a creamy, lingering finish.
Boulevard Tasting Room Milk Stout is a 12 ounce bottle offering in the fall Sample Twelve Pack (alongside Rosemary IPA) and in the brewery’s Tasting Room.
Style: Milk Stout
Hops: Bravo, Cascade
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Limited.
Debut: August, 2016
5.5% ABV, 12 IBUs