Boulder Beer Company (Boulder, CO) has canned a new offering, The Heckler.
The beer is Belgian-style tripel, available in 16oz cans. The beer is brewed in commemoration of the 2014 Cyclocross National Championships, taking place in Boulder in January, 2014.
The Heckler will only be available in Colorado.
Style: Belgian-style Tripel
Availability: 16oz Cans. Colorado distribution only
This week’s NoDable release from NoDa Brewing (Charlotte, NC) is Ginger Stout, brewed with ginger and cocoa nibs.
Short’s Brewing’s 2013 Fan’s Choice beer is Captain Fantasy, a collaboration with Half Acre Brewing Company out of Chicago. The first edition of this collaboration dates back to 2011.
For this collaboration, the breweries chose a saison, and added pears and Sorachi Ace hops.
The result is a lighter bodied ale with a pale goldenrod color and subtle haze. Satisfying aromas of nutmeg and spice blend with bright fruity hop fragrances. A lively amount of carbonation cleanses and refreshes while leading into flavors of sweet pear, tart lemon, and pleasant herbal subtleties. The overall fruitiness is abruptly interrupted by an assertive hop bitterness that dominates the finish, turning noticeably dry.
Captain Fantasy is now available throughout Michigan
Style: Saison (w/ Pears)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Limited Draft
Dogfish Head Founder Sam Calagione and pub brewer Ben Potts their newest brewpub release – Fer’Me Verjous. A 100% brettanomyces beer brewed with verjous and beach plums. Verjous is the tart, unripe juice of a wine grape. Dogfish Head has used it once before in Le’Interimaire.
Debuts today, November 29th.
Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Beach Plums, Verjous Rouge)
Availability: Draft only. Dogfish Head Brewpub.
Troegs Scratch #123, Belgian Style Brown Ale is released today.
Brewed with Belgian Candi & Turbinado sugar.
Availability: Draft & growler fills only.
Iron Hill Brewing is rounding out the year with a bunch of big bottle offerings (in 750ml corked & caged offerings). There are three packaged offerings, each follows a a particular theme. These packs will be available at all ten of Iron Hill’s locations.
- Winter Wheat Wine Ale: Two custom 18 oz. etched glasses and one 750 mL bottle of Winter Wheat Wine, a high gravity, full-bodied Barleywine-style ale brewed with a large proportion of wheat malt that is perfect for a winter evening ($35)
- Belgian Abbey: Three 750 mL bottles: Abbey Dubbel, a mahogany ale brewed in the style of a Belgian monastery with the sweetness of dark Belgian candi sugar paired with a distinct aroma of plum and pears; Belgian Tripel, a traditional Belgian-style golden ale with complex aroma and flavors of plums, spice and bananas with refreshing balanced bitterness; and Belgian Quadrupel, a rich, dark, malty and very complex beer brewed with Belgian Abbey yeast, dark candi sugar and a huge assortment of specialty malts create layers of complex fruity aromas and a warming finish ($50)
- Gold Medal: Four 750 mL bottles: The Cannibal, a Belgian-style golden ale with a complex, dry sweetness, balancing bitterness and a spicy finish (2005 Great American Beer Festival [GABF] gold medal); Russian Imperial Stout, Iron Hill’s most decorated beer, a full-bodied stout that starts with a complex, malty sweet and high-roasted character and is wonderfully balanced with the use of citrusy American hops (2003 GABF gold medal, 2006 GABF gold medal, 2010 GABF gold medal, 2010 World Beer Cup [WBC] gold medal, 2012 WBC gold medal); Saison, a classic Franco-Belge-style farmhouse ale that is unfiltered, bright and light-bodied. The yeast gives an earthy, fruity and spicy character with a refreshing finish (2008 GABF gold medal); and Wee Heavy, a full-bodied, Scotch-style ale with a distinct fruity aroma and flavor, plus a light smokiness from the use of peat smoked malts (2004 WBC gold medal) ($65)
Contact your local Iron Hill location for release dates for these packs.
Every year since 1975, Anchor Brewing has created a new Christmas Ale. Each recipe is a little different, just like each label. The release celebrates the joy and newness of life. This year, you can celebrate a little more.
Anchor Distilling, the spirits division of Anchor Brewing has created White Christmas, a new spirit that has been distilled for 2012 Anchor Christmas Ale.
“At the end of the holiday season last year, we found ourselves with remaining stock of 2012 Christmas Ale, so rather than dumping it down the drain, we decided to try distilling it,” says David King, president of Anchor Distilling.
This beer meets liquor crossover is quite literally “The Spirit of Christmas Past.” White Christmas will be solely available in California for the Christmas season, and nationally in 2014. 90 Proof. ERP $49.99
Nose: Round and soft aroma with an inviting complexity. Bright holiday spices, clove, orange peel, poached apple.
Palate: Mellow on the front palate, with structure and intensity coming to life on the finish, which warms and lingers for a long time with notes of spiced apple, baking spices and dried fruit.
Of course, what spirit would be good without a good cocktail recipe:
Anchor White Manhattan
2oz White Christmas
1oz Maurin White Vermouth
.25oz Luxardo Triplum
Dash Fee Bros. Orange Bitters
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice. Strain and serve up with an orange twist.