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Wicked Weed Pernicious India Pale Ale has joined the Asheville, North Carolina’s bottle lineup later this year.
The brewery’s new production facility is now online, where both Wicked Weed Pernicious and Freak of Nature have now emerged. Pernicious has already been available on draft in the past.
When the beer debuted in March, Wicked Weed found that Blue Blood Brewing Company in Nebraska already sold a “Pernicious” beer. A quick call to Blue Blood, found their president Brian Podwinski quite amiable, and allowed Wicked to use the name as well.
Pernicious implies influence that is harmful in a way not easily noticed. This beer is harmful, not because of overwhelming hop bitterness, but because its balanced brightness insidiously ruins your expectations for all other IPA’s. This hop delivery vehicle is crafted to enjoy fresh and often, and because of its drinkability and clean finish, you’ll never look at other IPA’s the same again. The harm is done.
Wicked Weed Pernicious is available in 11.2oz bottles.
Availability: Draft, 11.2oz Bottles
Bottle Release: August, 2015
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Ballast Point Pumpkin Down, a gourdy-spin on the brewery’s Piper Down Scottish Ale, has hit shelves.
The brewery’s Piper Down is a malty, subtle- hopped ale with UK hops. Throw in some pumpkin and spices and you have Ballast Point Pumpkin Down. Fall is looking good, right?
Look for Ballast Point Pumpkin Down in 12oz bottles and draft as a seasonal offering.
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Southern Tier One Buffalo joins the brewery’s lineup, a partnership with Pegula Sports and Entertainment (PSE).
PSE is the sports management company behind teams like the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. Southern Tier One Buffalo beer is meant to connected the Buffalo community, and “unite as one”. Presumably under the same team and city flag. For those Buffalo proud of course.
“It’s always exciting to launch new beer.” said Phin DeMink, founder of STBC. “We collaborated with PSE to develop an exceptional craft beer. It’s designed to appeal to all types of beer drinkers, in particular Buffalonians. I’m extremely proud of this product and proud to make Buffalo its home. It’s our beer, it’s what we drink around here.”
Southern Tier One Buffalo will tap the first keg at (716) Food and Sport in downtown Buffalo. Bills and Sabres President Russ Brandon will tap the first keg. One Buffalo will be on tap at Ralph Wilson Stadium starting with the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers tonight.
Starting August 31st, Southern Tier One Buffalo will be available in kegs throughout Western New York and six-pack bottles will follow in September.
Style: Pale Ale
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Buffalo immediate area only
SweetWater Hash Brown has officially joined the Atlanta, Georgia brewery’s lineup this week.
Those of you familiar with SweetWater’s hoppy lineup, will know this beer started with Dank Tank release Johnny Hash. That imperial IPA made use of Citra hop hash (the potent dust that is left behind after hops are pelletized). Johnny Hash was so well received, SweetWater created their own blend of hash, and now sell it year round as SweetWater Hop Hash (just ask Diggs.)
Why stop there? SweetWater Hash Brown is here to help you transition to cooler weather. Building off a familiar brown ale recipe, SweetWater added malts that compliment the bold hop hash flavor. The result is a very hoppy brown ale, aka India brown ale, that smashes two styles together to get a sum greater than its parts.
Oh me oh my-. What did we do? We fired up the skillet to 420 degrees, tossed in a sizzling concoction of 2-Row, Wheat, Pale Chocolate, Cara-Brown, and Midnight Wheat, then added in a hefty dose of hop hash and other dank-ish-ish-ish fixins to scatter, smother, and cover this baby all the way. Resiny, citrusy hops spice up the rich chocolate and caramel notes the malt brought to the mix, making this platter slide down the counter at 60 IBU’s.
SweetWater Hash Brown is now shipping 12oz cans and draft. Scattered, smothered, and covered indeed.
Style: India Brown Ale
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Seasonal Release.
Release: Late August, 2015
NoDa Gordgeous Pumpkin Ale is headed to cans in September. The pumpkin ale is brewed with 100+ pounds of organic sugar and caramelized brown sugar, fresh cracked spices, and 42 pounds of pumpkin.
The recipe started as head brewer Chad Henderson’s homebrew recipe years ago. (At one point he told Beer Street Journal a giant pumpkin was involved in the process.) NoDa Gordgeous has been a fall draft only offering each year since debuting in 2013.
This year you’ll find NoDa Gordgeous in 16 ounce cans (4 packs) around Labor Day. Draft has already debuted in the tap room for the 2015 season.
6.4% ABV, 29 IBUs
Saint Arnold Art Car IPA is the newest India pale ale release from the Houston, Texas based brewery.
Crafted using Pacific Northwest hops, Saint Arnold Art Car IPA boasts a fruity nose, and juicy citrus flavor.
The nose is a blend of apricot and tropical fruit and mango. The taste starts with a big bitter blood orange that morphs into mangos and sweet tropical fruits. There is a lightly sweet malt body that allows the hops to shine while there being a nice complexity to the flavors.
Saint Arnold Art Car IPA is now available in bottles and draft. Cans will arrive in October, 2015.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Cans (October)
Release: August, 2015
Saint Arnold Art Car IPA is inspired by the fleet of hand painted artists created by local artists for the brewery. Label art by Houston graffiti artist, GONZO247