New Releases

Posted in New Releases, River Rat Brewery

River Rat Barrel Aged Double IPA On Sale Today

River Rat Barrel Aged DIPA

River Rat Brewery (Columbia, SC) releases Barrel Aged Double IPA today.

12oz, waxed bottles are on sale in the tap room. The brewery opens at 4 pm. Also, since it’s Halloween, the brewery is hosting a “Halloween Rat Cave Party” that kicks off at 7 pm.

Style: Imperial IPA (Barrel Aged)
Availability: 12 bottles, Capped & Waxed. 4 Bottle limit.
Release: Halloween, 2014

?? ABV

Image via River Rat Brewery

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Releases, Starr Hill Brewing Company

Starr Hill Shakedown Imperial Chocolate Cherry Stout on Halloween

Starr Hill Shakedown Imperial Chocolate Cherry Stout

The sixth and final offering in Starr Hill’s (Charlottesville, VA) All Access Series is Shakedown Chocolate Cherry Stout. The beer features chocolate and cherries added during fermentation.

“Shakedown Chocolate Cherry Stout was a fun project. Experimenting with natural ingredients is an essential part of Starr Hill’s DNA. With Shakedown, the use of cherry puree and cocoa powder made the brewing process a real challenge,” said Robbie O’Cain, Starr Hill’s Manager of Brewery Operations.

Starr Hill Shakedown Imperial Chocolate Cherry Stout will debut on Halloween in the brewery’s taproom. Distribution to follow shortly after.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Chocolate, Cherries)
Availability: 22oz Bombers, Draft. Late Fall seasonal.
Distribution: VA, DE, GA, MD, NJ, NC, PA, TN, Washington D.C.

Arrival: 10/31/14

8% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Jester King Brewery, New Releases

Jester King Colour Five Releases on Halloween

Jester King Colour Five

Jester King Brewery (Austin, TX) will release Colour Five on Halloween. Colour Five is a blend of barrel aged sour beer with Texas blueberries.

The first attempt at this blueberry barrel aged sour beer failed in 2013. That batch was too vinegary (i.e. too much acetic acid.) The brewery decided to do something different for Colour Five.

This batch is 89% Das Uberkind, and 11% RU55. (The failed batch was all RU55 Sour Red.) The blueberries were frozen prior to refermentation to stave off acetobacter (makes acetic acid) and was allowed to ferment in stainless steel, where the brewery can push away oxygen (again, inhibiting acetobacter.) These steps (simplified for the story) helped Jester King bring Colour Five to fruition.

Jester King Colour Five will be available when the brewery opens at 4pm. By the glass, or 500ml bottles. ($16)

Style: American Wild Ale/Sour Ale (w/ Blueberries. Oak Aged.)
Availability: 500ml bottles, Draft. 2,000 bottles produced.
Release: 10/31/14

7.1% ABV

Posted in Allagash Brewing, Don't Miss This, New Releases

Allagash Farm to Face Releases November 3rd

Allagash Farm to Face

Allagash Brewing (Portland, ME) releases Farm To Face will go on sale at the brewery on November 3rd, 2014. After that, the beer will ship in limited quantities to the brewery’s distribution area.

Allagash Farm to Face starts as a pale ale, fermented in stainless steel with house yeast. After that fermentation, pedicocccus and lactobacillus (souring bacteria) is added to the beer, along with peaches from Applecrest Farm Orchards in New Hampshire.

…Ten months later, the finshed beer is bright amber in color with peach, graham cracker and green apple in the aroma. Drinking this medium bodied beer is like biting into a juicy peach with tartness throughout!

Allagash Farm to Face will be available in limited quantities in 12.7oz bottles.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Peaches)
Availability: 375ml bottles, corked & caged
Arrival: 11/3/14

5.7% ABV


Posted in New Releases, Shock Top

Shock Top Launches Twisted Pretzel & Shockolate Wheat

Shock Top Twisted Pretzel Shocklote

Shock Top launched two new offerings in their mixed pack today – Shockolate Wheat, and Twisted Pretzel Wheat.

Twisted Pretzel Wheat had a limited draft engagement late spring. The beer is brewed with spices that make it smell (and taste) like Bavarian-style pretzels.

Shockolate Wheat is brewed with chocolate, caramel, and black malts, and aged with vanilla beans and cocoa nibs.

Both are seasonal releases in 12oz bottles, in the Winter Sampler pack.

Note: The above “Best Day Ever” is a part of Shock Top’s promotional marketing. Not a BSJ image. 

Posted in New Breweries, New Releases, Second Self Brewing Company

Second Self Brewing Opens November 1st

Second Self Beers

Second Self Brewing will open their doors to the public on November 1st, 2014. The brewery has been in planning for five years.

While some of Second Self’s beers have already hit taps in the city, the tasting room opening will bring four new beers to the Atlanta beer scene:

Thai Wheat, 5.1% ABV, 51 IBUs. Brewed with lemongrass, galanga, and ginger.
Red Hop Rye, 7.3%, 69 IBUs. Red ale brewed with a blast of rye malt.
LIPA, 4.3%, 61 IBUs. A session (low ABV) IPA
Saison, 5.5%, 24 IBUs

Second Self’s offering will remain draft only. The brewery plans to bottle and can in early 2015.

If you go: 

Second Self Brewing
311 Logan Circle NW
Atlanta, GA

Inaugural Tour is November 1st, 2014 from 1-3 pm.

Posted in New Releases, Orpheus Brewing

Orpheus Life.Death.Life.Truth Hits Taps

Orpheus Life.Death.Life.Truth

Orpheus Brewing (Atlanta, GA) has released an new draft only offering in the Bone Tablet Series – Life.Death.Life.Truth.

Orpheus Life.Death.Life.Truth is described by the brewery as a medium-bodied Single IPA with notes of gooseberry, sweet orange, and pineapple. The series is intended to showcase the versatility of hops.

Read More: Orpheus to launch cans

Orpheus Life.Death.Life.Truth is a draft only offering, available on tap at brewery and around their Atlanta distribution through December, 2014. Atlanta tattoo artist Sam Parker designed the artwork for this release.

Style: IPA
Hops: Hallertau Blanc, Azacca
Malts: Golden Promise, Two-row Barley, White Wheat
Availability: Draft only. Oct-Dec, 2014

7% ABV