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Sierra Nevada Tropical Torpedo debuts in cans

Sierra Nevada Tropical Torpedo bottle

Sierra Nevada Tropical Torpedo hit shelves as we started 2017. The trop-spin on their tried and true IPA has been very successful, prompting the brewery to add on cans to the lineup.

According to Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman, “Innovation is part of our DNA.” There is a lot of truth in that statement. Sierra Nevada is one of a handful of American breweries responsible for putting hoppy beer on the map, thanks to Torpedo IPA. The style has dominated sales in the craft beer segment for years now.

RELATED: Sierra Nevada Sidecar Orange Pale Ale

Recognizing the shift in tastes among American drinkers, the brewery has released a new take on their classic – Sierra Nevada Tropical Torpedo.

Implementing the brewery’s proprietary Hop Torpedo (for which the beer was named), the brewery has made some juicy changes to the dry-hopped aspects of this IPA. The result is a juicy, tropical twist on a classic. Unlike Sidecar Orange Pale Ale that uses fruit, Tropical Torpedo relies entirely on the dry hop for the fruity flavor.

What you get. All the tropical hoppy flavor that is so en vogue right now. That hop torpedo spits out some magic. Torpedo is already an American icon, and one thing’s for sure, this drop of trop isn’t far behind. Expect passion fruit and mango aromas and flavor, with a great bitter finish. Buy more than a 6 pack. You’ll want it.

“The rush of hop flavor and lush aromas of mango, papaya, and passionfruit awaken your senses with our most adventurous IPA yet.” – Brian Grossman, Second Generation Sierra Nevada brewer

Sierra Nevada Tropical Torpedo is available in 12-ounce bottles, cans, and draft.

Style: IPA
Hops: Amarillo, Mosaic, Citra, El Dorado, Comet
Malts: 2 Row Pale, Munich, Honey

Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: January 2017
Debut (Cans): Late-July 2017

6.7% ABV, 55 IBUs

Sierra Nevada Tropical Torpedo IPA cans

Posted in Don't Miss This, Evil Twin Brewing, New Releases, The Veil Brewing

Brewing with fried chicken is now a very real thing

The Veil Brewing Fried Fried Chicken Chicken

The Veil Brewing Fried Fried Chicken Chicken debuts on July 25th. This new India pale ale is brewed with fried chicken. Yes… fried chicken.

Weeks ago, the brewing team from Richmond, Virginia’s The Veil Brewing collaborated with Evil Twin Brewing’s Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø. After overeating fried chicken at a nearby restaurant, the team decided to throw some fried chicken into the mash of this imperial IPA. NO, they weren’t the leftovers.

In the end, fried chicken only made it into one of the two brewing mashes for this release, making up less than .4% of the total weight. According to The Veil, the beer doesn’t taste anything like fried chicken. Dropping some chicken into the beer just seemed like a fun thing to do. (They already brew with cookies and candy.) Check out Jeppe throwing the chicken into the mash below.

Besides chicken, The Veil Brewing Fried Fried Chicken Chicken features Citra, Simcoe, and Enigma hops. Subtitled a “Double Dry Hopped Old Country Double IPA.”  You remember the “old country” right? Back when chickens were chickens, and hops were hops. A much simpler time.

Those wanting to drink some fried chicken will have to be at The Veil Brewing early on July 25th. 16-ounce cans will be available when the brewery opens at 4 pm.

Style: Imperial IPA (w/ Fried Chicken)
Hops: Enigma, Citra, Simcoe
Availability: 16oz Cans
Debut: 7/25/17

8% ABV

Images: The Veil Brewing

The Veil Brewing Chicken Mash

Posted in Dogfish Head, Headlines, New Releases

Dogfish Head Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout debuts July 21st

Dogfish Head Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout Bottle

One of America’s strongest imperial stouts Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, will be a bit different when it rolls around again in 2017. This July you’ll be sipping Dogfish Head Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout.

November, as the weather is getting colder, Dogfish Head unleashes World Wide, an imperial stout that usually ranges from 15% to 20% alcohol by volume. The beast has been making a seasonal appearance (almost every year) since 1999. From an off-centered bunch like Dogfish Head, perhaps a change is in order.

Dogfish Head Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout was planned for August, but the brewery has officially announced a July 21st release date. The dark and roasty sipping beer has been aged in 10,000 gallon oak tanks with vanilla beans.

“At Dogfish, our raison d’être is to expand the boundaries of the typical beer experience by creating innovative beers made from fresh ingredients, so we decided to take a new spin on our popular stout by adding tons of whole Madagascar vanilla beans to the recipe.  The addition of the beans enhances the coffee and chocolatey notes in the beer which we think our fans will enjoy.”  – Sam Calagione, founder & CEO

Dogfish Head Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout debuts in 12-ounce bottles on July 21st. Important to note, due to its high alcohol by volume, not every state in the brewery’s distribution territory will receive this new release.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Vanilla Beans. Oak Aged.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Aug-Nov.
Debut: July, 2017

16% ABV

Image via Dogfish Head

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Releases, Sam Adams

Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Collaboration features 5 breweries

Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Collaboration

Boston, Massachusetts based Boston Beer Company is releasing a new collaboration pack, features five different breweries across the United States.

The limited release 12-pack appropriately named The Brewing the American Dream Collaboration Pack. Each of the collaborators are a part of Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream, a philanthropic initiative. The program provides loans and coaching to craft brewers and small business owners working toward the “American Dream” of small business ownership.

Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream 12-pack contains creations from Bosque Brewing (Albuquerque, NM), ChuckAlek Independent Brewers (Ramona, CA), Woods Beer Co. ( San Francisco, CA), Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge, CO), and Roc Brewing (Rochester, NY).

  • Desert Kaleidoscope IPA – w/ Bosque Brewing. pays homage to the Albuquerque balloon fiesta and features a mixture of flavors including citrus, tangerine, pine and honey malt to create a brew with a bold, hoppy aroma. With a 7.0% ABV, Desert Kaleidoscope is a deep amber, medium-bodied brew that leaves a clean touch of lingering bitterness on the palate.
  • Time Hop Porter – w/ ChuckAlek Independent Brewers. Driven by co-founders Grant Fraley and Marta Jankowska’s mission of creating “Old School Beers for New School Palates,” Time Hop Porter utilizes Zeus, Chinook, Cascade and Goldings hops and is 5.3% ABV. The hop character is balanced by three malt varieties: Sam Adams pale two-row blend, Crisp Brown, and Black malt. This porter has strong notes of citrus and pine that are balanced by a smooth, roasted malt character.
  • ThreeNinety Bock – w/Roc Brewing Co.ThreeNinety Bock is a slightly roasted Maibock with a sweet toffee and light caramel flavor, crafted from four hop varieties, combined with rye malt and oak smoked malt. Mosaic and Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops provide the balance that gives this dark golden bock a big, juicy character and slightly sweet and dry finish. ThreeNinety is a nod to the distance in miles between Boston and Rochester.
  • Boston Tea Party Saison – w/ Wood Beer Co. Boston Tea Party Saison is a bi-coastal twist on the classic Belgian style, combining Woods’s Yerba mate-infused saison with Sam Adams’ wild yeast blend, Kosmic Mother Funk. Mate’s earthy spice plays on the rippling, fruity haze of KMF’s funky bacteria, and gives a signature snap to the amber saison’s traditional dry finish.
  • Oats McGoats Stout – w/ Brewery Rickoli. Oats McGoats is an American stout brewed based on founder and brewer Rick Abitbol’s commitment to brewing full-flavored, gluten-reduced beers (if they didn’t say it, you wouldn’t know). At 6.5% ABV, the full-bodied, moderately carbonated beer is accented by earthy, spicy flavors and a hint of roasted coffee notes.

The 6th offering is Boston Lager, originally a collaboration with founder Jim Koch and his father, using his great-great grandfather’s recipe.

Samuel Adams The Brewing the American Dream Collaboration Pack will be available nationally starting in late-July, 2017. Estimate retail price $16.99 to $19.99.

Image: Boston Beer Company

 

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

A juice explosion: Boulevard Jam Band

Boulevard Jam Band

Boulevard Jam Band, a draft exclusive, hits taps this month.

The latest in the Smokestack Series is a fruity one. The base beer is created with two-row barley, acidulated malt, and Topaz hops. The “humongous” fruit character (jammy?) comes from blueberry, red raspberry, and tart cherry juice blended at the end of fermentation.

Jam Band pours a deep ruby and opens with aromas of dark berries, melon and subtle citrus. Minimal, supporting malt sweetness provides a platform from which blueberry, red raspberry and tart cherry sing resulting in a slightly tart, easy-drinking summer beer that begs for an encore.

Boulevard Jam Band debuted on July 10th in the brewery’s home of Kansas City, Missouri. Look for it across the brewery’s footprint throughout July.

Style: Fruit Beer (w/ Cherry Juice. Raspberry Juice. Blueberry Juice.)
Availability: Draft only.
Debut: 7/10/17

7% ABV, 6 IBUs

Image: Boulevard Brewing Co.

Posted in Catawba Brewing, New Releases

Catawba Friki Tiki Pineapple IPA heads to 5 states

Catawba Friki Tiki Pineapple

Catawba Friki Tiki Pineapple IPA debuts on “Friki Friday” (July 14th).

The brewery’s Morganton, North Carolina location is brewing up 30 barrel batches of specialty IPA. This month’s release is Friki Tiki Pineapple IPA, brewed with fresh pineapple juice.

Catawba Friki Tiki Pineapple IPA is a draft only offering, across the brewery’s 5 state distribution area.

Style: IPA (w/ Pineapple)
Availability: Draft only
Distribution: NC, SC, TN, AL, GA

Debut: 7/14/17

6.5% ABV

Posted in Monkish Brewing, New Releases

Get wet. Monkish Water Balloon Fighters debuts today

Monkish Water Balloon Fighters

Monkish Water Balloon Fighters releases today in Torrance, California.

In what sounds like a perfectly named summer beer, Monkish Water Balloon Fighters is a double IPA brewed with Mosaic, Citra, and Simcoe hops.

RELATED: The Veil Brewing release Monkish Tribute

16 ounce can/4 packs go on sale at the brewery starting at 4 pm on July 11th. $20 each.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops:  Mosaic, Citra, Simcoe

Availability: 16oz Cans
Debut: 7/11/17

8.2% ABV

Image: Monkish Brewing