Evil Twin Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break. Meet the mashup of two highly sought after beers that is sure to instill panic in the beer geeks. Let the sweating commence.
Evil Twin, who is building a brewery on their own in New York, has been contract brewing for years at Westbrook Brewing in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina – the birthplace of Westbrook’s Mexican Cake. “Cake” started out as a way to mark the brewery’s anniversary. Morgan and Edward Westbrook brewed an imperial stout with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and fresh habanero peppers. Since then, the beer has become a hot commodity, selling in the secondary market for hundreds of dollars. Don’t even ask how much beer traders are asking for barrel-aged variants.
Then there’s Evil Twin Biscotti Break. As the name suggests, this imperial stout mimics the coffee shop dessert, brewed with vanilla and almond, and coffee.
Evil Twin Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break slams together the best of both those beers. An imperial stout brewed with coffee, cinnamon, almonds, cocoa nibs, vanilla and habanero peppers. Both beers are awesome treats. The sum of the parts promises to be a knockout.
Ever so quietly, bottles of this mashup have been appearing in South Carolina, meaning limited distribution has started. Evil Twin Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break is a 22 ounce bottle release.
Stone Ripper Pale Ale is the newest canned offering by the Escondido, California based brewery.
While the United States has created some of the boldest hops in the brewing world. Example: Cascade hops. Austraila has put themselves on the hoppy world map with hops like Galaxy (first bred in 1994). Stone Ripper Pale Ale combines the Pacific Northwest with Aussie born hops in this new release.
It’s not often that Stone debuts a beer and does not immediately take it national. In this instance, Ripper is available in only California until January, then hits national distribution after the first of the year.
When it came to devising the concept of our next pale ale, we drew inspiration from the coastal locale of SoCal and the land down under. Sourcing classic Cascade hops from the Pacific Northwest and Australian Galaxy hops from… yes…Australia, we made a beer both lovers of resinous green buds and rip-curling surfers will find downright rad. At the same time, we stayed true to our San Diego love of pushing the hop boundaries of this style. While some might think it lingers on an edge far closer to IPA, with all the dry-hop flavor and aroma, it’s actually right in line with the current-day interpretation of a West Coast pale. Ours just so happens to have an Aussie accent that yields a juicy amount of grapefruit and passion fruit. So veg out or venture out. Either way, rip one open and taste for yourself this awesome golden amber nectar!
The brewery describes this beer as “Tropical and dank, flavors of orange and bright resiny hops”. Now that we’ve tried it, dank is a great description. The beer is very bright, very citrusy, clean, and well, dank. For those missing Levitation Ale, you’ll find a new home with Ripper. The alcohol by volume is higher, but once you taste it, you’ll see why. 2017 is looking great. (and hoppy.)
Stone Ripper Pale Ale is a 12 ounce can and draft release. Look for it near you after the first of the year.
Style: Pale Ale
Hops: Cascade, Galaxy
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft
Debut: Early November, 2016. Nationally, 2017.
Anderson Valley Horse Tongue is a new sour joining the California brewery’s lineup this month.
In case you somehow missed it, Anderson Valley has been killing it lately with their various iterations of gose in the lineup.
Don’t let the name throw you off. No horse got its tongue in this beer. A barrel of experimental wheat beer went funky, in the most delicious way. So the brewers captured the blend of Pediococcus Damnosus, Lactobacillus, and Brettanomyces and started the process over intentionally this time.
The base beer is a wheat ale fermented with a Belgian yeast, the the harvest “funk” culture. After six months in stainless steel tanks, the beer was transferred to wine barrels to aged a bit more. The result is a session beer full of sour and funk.
The barn hand opened the door and panicked. One of our shire horses had reached over the stall, pulled a bung from its barrel, and was licking the beer inside. Fearing he’d be blamed, he replaced the bung and told no one. Months later, our brewers found their experimental wheat ale had turned sour and little funky, but it was delicious! Eventually, the barn hand confessed his secret but we all had a good laugh… And thus, the legend of our Horse Tongue was born.
Anderson Valley Horse Tongue is a 22 ounce bottle and draft release.
Founders Azacca, a single hopped India pale ale and seasonal offering by the Grand Rapids, Michigan brewery is now available in cans.
The Azacca hop originated in Washington state. In the case of Founders Azacca IPA, Yakima-based Roy Farms. It’s a very tropical (citrus/mango) flavored hop, that recently has become quite popular in the brewing community. The beer first appeared as a seasonal release in early 2016.
Named after the Haitian god of agriculture, the azacca hop has an intense tropical aroma with hints of citrus and mango. A touch of caramel malt gives a sweet backbone to support the righteous fruit character of this beer. Pouring a burnt orange color and registering at 7% ABV, your taste buds will worship the heavenly, hopped delight.
Founders Azacca India Pale Ale was last available seasonally until March of this year. Now, the tropical IPA is back in action in 15 pack cans. 12 packs are so 2014.
Availability: Draft. 12oz Cans
Release (Cans): December, 2016
New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Coconut Rum Barrel is the newest variant on the brewery’s popular Dragon’s Milk Imperial Stout.
Backstory for those that aren’t familiar – New Holland has created an interesting in-house cycle for for this year-round barrel-aged stout. New Holland also creates their own whiskey in house. The whiskey leaves the barrel, Dragon’s Milk goes in, ages, and is blended. In some instances, bourbon is aged in the barrels that had the imperial stout, creating New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon.
Throw some of that idea out. New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Coconut Rum Barrel is coming in October.
This edition finds the imperial stout aged in rum barrels, with coconut. Think of it like the “Dragon” took a tropical vacation.
There is no other way to put this. Holy sh!t this beer is good. Coconut, rum and chocolate are the key players here. But really though, it’s all about the coconut. There are so many “whales” running around out there that have coconut that beer nerds will fight over. This coconut rum spin on Dragon’s Milk is hitting your shelves now. Don’t pass it up because it’s not rare enough. We’re talking rum barrel aged coconut imperial stout here. Drink this beer. You’ll be glad you did.
New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Coconut Rum Barrel is hitting shelves now, in 12 ounce bottles and draft.
Perhaps this is proof beer can be anything. Red Hare Berry Belgian Waffle is now now shelves.
This summer, the Marietta, Georgia based brewery released Cottontail Creamsic-ale, an orange creamcicle flavored pale ale. Building off the buzz that beer created is a new food inspired beer- Berry Belgian Waffle.
The base beer is a Belgian-style ale, brewed with bluberries, and favors that mimic waffles. Yes, beer can be anything you want it to be.
Red Hare Berry Belgian Waffle will be a 12 ounce can and draft offering.
New Belgium Tartastic, a new fruited sour is now hitting shelves.
Recently, a new draft-only, kettle soured beer – Fruit Fly, started hitting taps nationally. Additionally, other notables like La Folie and Transatlantique Kriek hit shelves again. You don’t need us to to tell you, New Belgium’s sour and wild ale game is strong.
New Belgium Tartastic is a sour ale brewed with lemon and ginger (Which sounds both tart, and clean and fresh tasting.)
A refreshing Sour Ale with the lip-tingling sweet and sour flavors of juicy lemon and ginger.
New Belgium Tartastic is a 12 ounce bottle, draft offering.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: Late November, 2016