In 2017, Stone released Vengeful Spirit IPA with the intention of showing off fruit in what the brewery is best known for – IPAs. Two years later a bolder version of that beer returns.
Stone chose pineapples and Mandarin oranges that compliments the tropical Mosaic, Loral & Mandarina Bavaria hops.
Revengeful Spirit is more aggressive than the 2017 release, in both alcohol by volume, hops and citrus fruit. Consider picking up this bold pre-summer beer. The nose is heavy on oranges, and each sip bursts with trop-hops and pineapple, finishing smooth and slightly bitter. Stone struck a nice balance with real fruit in an imperial IPA without being, cloying, heavy or sticky. It’s like drinking in a ray of hoppy sunshine.
Stone ReVengeful Spirit is available nationally in 12-ounce cans, 22-ounce bottles, and draft.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Seasonal Release.
Debut: May 2019
PIC: Beer Street Journal
German chocolate cake in a can? This is it. The Bruery Geburtstagskranz 2019 is now available.
It’s no secret that The Bruery loves big flavorful beers, and this oddly named release is no different. If our German is even close to correct, Geburtstagskranz means “birthday wreath”. The wreath is typically a decorated wooden circle where candles are lit instead of putting them on the birthday cake.
While that tradition is typically for kids, this beer is definitely for adults. The base beer is an imperial stout, aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla, cacao nibs, and tart cherries. The Bruery describes this release as “rich, with notes of sweet vanilla, chocolate, and tart juicy cherries”.
The Bruery Geburtstagskranz 2019 is available in 16oz cans ($12) and 4-packs ($42) each. Limited release.
May brings the 7th edition of Wild Leap Brewing’s Alpha Abstraction Double IPA, a series hop heads should have checked out by now. The series is a blitz of everything a juicy IPA should be, mixed with a rotating cast of dank hops.
It was the 5th edition early this year that really blew us away – it’s hazy IPA done right. Late March brought the 6th edition, brewed with Lotus hops. This release features a hop most have never heard of – Barbe Rouge. The hop is native to France and boasts flavors of strawberry, blackcurrant and, cherry.
Wild Leap Alpha Abstraction 7 is available for a limited time in 12-ounce cans and draft.
Style: Imperial Juicy/Hazy IPA
Hops: Barbe Rouge
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Rotating.
Debut: Early May 2019
Left Hand Push Pop Party Nitro is available at the brewery this week.
The Longmont, Colorado-based brewery continues to expand their “Nitro” series, recently adding Flamingo Dreams year-round ahead of hot weather. Left Hand Push Pop Party is described as a “citrus ale” with mandarin oranges, limes, and lactose milk sugar.
16-ounce cans of ‘Push Pop’ are available in the brewery’s taproom starting this week, available nationally through June 2019.
Image: Left Hand Brewing
Firestone Walker Napa Parabola, a barrel-aged beer/wine cross over release, debuts this week.
Parabola, Firestone Walker’s barrel-aged Russian imperial stout, is quite well-known amongst beer drinkers, first released in 2006. The brewery is situated in Paso Robles, California deep in wine country. The wine culture has had a lot of influence on the brewery, especially in Firestone’s Anniversary blends, and in the recent year-round release, Rosalie.
Eric Ponce, Firestone’s barrel program manager, always thought Parabola would really mesh well with red wine barrels. “It was something that was always in the back of my mind, so when these rare wine barrels became available, I jumped at the opportunity. The winery didn’t want to be named—all I can say is that these barrels held some of the finest wines you’ll find in Napa Valley,” Ponce says.
According to the brewery, the result is a beer that marries the French oak flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot barrels with the robust dark fruit, tobacco, and roasted malt flavors of Parabola.
Firestone Walker Napa Parabola starts shipping this week in 12-ounce bottles and draft.
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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin touched down on the Moon’s Sea of Tranquility. In honor of this achievement, St. Louis, Missouri based Schlafly Brewing is debuting a “spacy” new Lunar Lager 12-pack.
The box set contains 4 different lagers – Lift-Off Lager, Apollo’s Orbit Black Lager, Moon Walk Dunkel, and The Eagle Has Landed American Lager. Lager-style beer was very popular in the 1960’s (thanks to AB, Miller, and Pabst) making the style choice for this commemoration very appropriate.
In the spirit of the ’60s, Schlafly designed the Lunar Lager lineup to reflect the time. The bottle fonts come from popular record albums, including the sans serif font from sci-fi and newspapers. The colors come from 1969 For and General Motors paint chips.
Apollo 11 is one of the most exciting feats for humankind, in our nation and beyond, and its impact clearly lives on to 2019. We thought that the 50th anniversary of such a cultural phenomenon deserved a special beer to celebrate so we are releasing four.” – Stephen Hale, Founding Brewer
Four styles make up the Lunar Lager beers:
Lift-Off Lager – Unfiltered German Lager, 5.5% ABV 20 IBUs
Apollo’s Orbit Black Lager – 5% ABV, 25 IBUs
Moon Walk Dunkel – Dark, malty German-style lager. 4.5% ABV, 20 IBUs
The Eagle Has Landed American Lager – Golden, refreshing American lager. 5% ABV, 25 IBUs
The Schlafly Lunar Lager Variety Pack will be available starting in late-April everywhere the brewery is sold. ERP $13.99.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: Late April 2019
4.5%- 5.5% ABV