New Releases

Posted in New Releases, Upslope Brewing Company

Upslope Belgian Style Blonde with Guava, brewed just for Utah

Upslope Belgian Style Blonde

Upslope Belgian Style Blonde with Guava hits shelves in May. Don’t get too excited Upslope fans, this beer is just for the state of Utah.

You might be asking yourself, why just for Utah? Well, Utah has some very weird laws surrounding alcohol by weight. This 4% alcohol by volume beer meets those requirements. That means it cans be sold in anywhere beer and wine is sold.

…carrying scents of honeycrisp apples and champagne. It is a bright, gently carbonated beer, both light-bodied and easy drinking. The soft tropical fruit character, with a hint of white grapes imparted from the guava puree, offers a touch of complexity to the clean, bright, drinking experience of a Belgian-Style Blonde Ale.

Upslope Belgian Style Blonde with Guava is available year-round in Utah starting in May, 2016.

Style: Belgian-style Blonde Ale (w/ Guava)
Availability: 12oz Cans
Release: May, 2016

4% ABV

Posted in Modern Times Beer, New Releases

Modern Times Mega Black House is big on coffee

Modern Times Mega Black House

Modern Times Mega Black House is the newest special release by the San Diego, California based brewery.

The base beer is the brewery’s year-round oatmeal coffee stout (Black House), amped up to an imperial level. Modern Times Mega Black House features a “preposterous” amount of coffee when compared to the year-round version, weighing in at 10% alcohol by volume.

This imperialized version of our celebrated Black House is loaded up with preposterous amounts of house-roasted coffee, which is a heavenly match for the huge, chewy malt profile underneath. This beer is best enjoyed in sips, with ample time to experience its beautiful, evolving complexity, and ample room to gesticulate wildly with pleasure.

Modern Times Mega Black House is available now in 22 ounce bottles in both taprooms and distribution.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Coffee)
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Release: Late April, 2016

10% ABV

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

Jester King Cloudfeeder, a collaboration with Tired Hands

Jester King Cloudfeeder

Jester King Cloudfeeder, a new collaboration with Tired Hands Brewing will be available April 29th.

The farmhouse ale is brewed with Texas grapefruit and limes, plus Pennsylvania honey,  and dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin and Simcoe hops.

The approach to this recipe was to create a lower alcohol by volume beer, fermented with a mix of brewer’s yeast and wild/sour mixed culture, and tastes like an India pale ale. Simply put, right now the beer is more bitter than sour. Time will change this beer as the little microorganisms see fit.

As we’ve pointed out before, farmhouse ales were historically either very bitter or sour. On occasion, as we did with Cloudfeeder, we used a combination of hops, fairly high fermentation temperature (78F), and the absence of long-term aging, to create a beer that’s bitter and not particularly sour/tart — at least not yet.

Even the label is a collaboration, created by Jester King’s Josh Cockrell in collaboration with Jean Broillet IV of Tired Hands.

Jester King Cloudfeeder will be available on tap at the Austin, Texas brewery starting April 29th, and around the upcoming Craft Brewer’s Conference in Philadelphia. Bottles will be available shortly after.

Style: Farmhouse/Wild Ale (w/ Limes, Honey, Grapefruit)
Availability: Draft, Bottles
Release: 4/29/16

3.8% ABV, 51 IBUs

Posted in New Releases, Wicked Weed Brewing Co

Wicked Weed Hop Burglar, with blood orange & grapefruit

Wicked Weed Hop Burglar

Wicked Weed Hop Burglar has hit shelves, proving the fruited IPA style is very much on fire across the industry.

This hop-forward release features blood orange, and grapefruit zest, creating a very bright, citrusy beer.

All brewers have begged, borrowed, and burgled in the name of their craft. It takes humility, stubbornness, and some sleight of hand to turn raw ingredients into liquid alchemy. Hop Burglar India Pale Ale, brewed with blood orange grapefruit zest, and liberally dry-hopped, is just such a beer, the kind of bright, citrus-forward IPA that we would do anything to keep brewing. So mind your pockets – and your hops.

Wicked Weed Hop Burglar is a 12 ounce bottle offering.

Style: IPA (w/ Blood Orange, Grapefruit.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles
Release: Late-April, 2016

7% ABV

Posted in New Releases, NOLA Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewing

Oskar Blues The Wolf and The Lamb, a NOLA collaboration

Oskar Blues The Wolf and the Lamb

Oskar Blues The Wolf and the Lamb, a new collaboration with NOLA Brewing Company, launches in the Louisiana market this week.

The team created a “double” pilsner-style beer, brewed with pilsner malt, and Czech Agnes and Styrian Wolf hops.

Crisp and spicy aromas dotted with floral, sage-like undertones of berries, pineapple, and citrus. A slightly bready medium bodied lager flavor continues the European hop onPilsslaught with more herbal and spicy fruity character.

The artwork for Oskar Blues The Wolf and the Lamb is a custom piece created in the spirit of the New Orleans Jazz Fest by legendary artist J Pierrel.

This partnership marks Oskar Blues one-year anniversary in the Louisiana market. Available in 12 ounce cans in Colorado as well. 

Style: Pilsner
Availability: 12oz Cans
Release: Week of 4/20/16

7% ABV

Special edition “The Wolf and the Lamb” signed and numbered giclee prints will be available from J. Pierre on 100lb hot press paper at the following events

Avenue Pub 4/20 (Wednesday) @ 4:20pm
-The Bulldog Uptown 4/20 (Wednesday) @ 7pm
-World of Beer Warehouse District 4/21 (Thursday) @ 7pm
-Howlin Wolf  4/23 (Saturday) @ 8pmPiklspils
-Maison on Frenchmen St. 4/24 (Sunday) @ 8pm

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Releases, Small Town Brewery

A boozier Not Your Father’s Root Beer is going national

Not Your Father's Root Beer 10.7%

By now you are familiar with Not Your Father’s Root Beer. The hard root beer has taken America by storm. So much so, it has become the #1 selling 6-pack in the U.S (according to Nielsen).

Hot on the heels of Root Beer, came Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale, which has also been selling quite well.

The third release going national is Not Your Father’s Root Beer 10.7%, a near double strength edition of the best selling hard root beer. This edition was only found in the Chicago area in the past.

“The 10.7% was one of our earliest brews and has been amazingly popular since day one,” said Tim Kovac, founder and Brewmaster at Small Town. “Demand is strong and has been growing.

Small Town Brewery has partnered with Wisconsin Brewing Company in order to upscale and nationally distribute the recipe.

Not Your Father’s Root Beer 10.7% will be available in 22 ounce bottles nationally by fall, 2016 for a short time. Estimate retail price, $7.99.

Style: Hard Root Beer
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Release: Markets throughout 2016

10.7% ABV

Coming soon: Not Your Father’s Vanilla Cream Ale 

Posted in New Releases, Stone Brewing Co.

Stone 6th Anniversary Porter joins Encore Series

Stone 6th Anniversary Porter bottle

Stone 6th Anniversary Porter has officially joined the brewery’s 20th Anniversary Encore Series.

Back in 2002, the Stone celebrated their 6th anniversary, not with an India pale ale, but with a porter. In this case, Stone Smoked Porter the brewery kicked up “three notches” with the addition of more hops and more malt. The beer was then aged on French and American oak. The result was a big, bold beer, that was rather scare at the time. In 2016, there will be a little more to go around.

There’s a point in even our brewing lives when we came to realize that no matter how much we wanted to, we couldn’t realistically add anymore hops to our recipe. While our hop threshold is greater than most, it happened on the onset of our 6th Anniversary. Up until then, all of our anniversary beers had been increasingly amped up versions of our 1st Anniversary IPA. Which all of you know as simply Stone IPA. Instead of completely abandoning our set-in-stone stance on making big bold beers, we continued with this theme of making Increasingly more intense versions of our existing line of beers. This time we turned our attention to Stone Smoked Porter -a beer we had in our lineup since our first year. When it came to modifying our recipe. we went against the “less is more” approach and cranked it up three notches. This entailed adding more malt and more hops and conditioning it on French and American oak to add notes of toffee, cherries, dried berries and vanilla. Such noble yet gutsy experimentation doesn’t go without some mishap and at one point this smoky dark·as·night wonder was shooting out of the fermenter like a fire hose because of an unsuccessful attempt to clear a valve jammed with oak chips. Luckily the beer’s fate didn’t entirely empty down the drain, because the Stone 6th Anniversary Porter proved to fans, with its distinctive smokiness and chocolaty, coffee·like complexity, that we can brew a remarkable amount more than just awesome IPAs.

Stone 6th Anniversary Porter is a 22 ounce bottle and draft offering. Recent releases in the Encore Series include 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, and Vertical Epic 08.08.08.

Style: Smoked Porter (Oak Aged)
Hops: Tomahawk
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.

Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA and Puerto Rico
International Distribution: Australia; Alberta and British Columbia, Canada; Germany; Hong Kong; Japan; Korea; Mexico; Panama; the Philippines; Singapore; Sweden; Thailand; United Kingdom

Release: Mid-April, 2016

8% ABV