This week, New Holland Brewing (Holland, MI) will ship a brand new version of their famed Dragon’s Milk Imperial Stout, Dragon’s Milk Reserve with Toasted Chilies.
For this Reserve blend, the brewery took the base imperial stout and aged it bourbon barrels for three months, just like Dragon’s Milk, but this time with the toasted peppers.
“Our festival-fans might remember it as ‘Smaug’s Breath’ but in market you’ll see it as Dragon’s Milk Reserve with Toasted Chilies, even though it’s essentially the same recipe.”
New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve with Toasted Chilies ships this week in 22oz bombers. The original Dragon’s Milk was first brewed in 2001.
SweetWater Brewery has just released their latest edition to their Dank Tank Series, Johnny Hash. Hash is an imperial IPA brewed with Citra Hop Hash, a “hop chunk” of citra hop leftovers after it is extruded into pellets.
The brewery’s “bar boss” Derrick Atkinson gives you the rundown on hop hash, and this new imperial IPA. Look for Johnny Hash in 22oz bombers and draft for a limited time.
Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Citra Hop Hash
Availability: 22oz Bombers, Draft.
Airways Brewing Company (Kent, WA) summer seasonal arrives today. The citrusy pale ale kicks off the brewery’s summer. The best part about this offering? Cans.
“Our summer ale has a slightly new name, but is the same flavor-packed pale as last year,” said Alex Dittmar, founder and head brewer at Airways Brewing Company. “At 4.8% ABV, it’s the perfect beer to take along with you to a barbecue or on a hike.”
In addition to PSA Summer Ale, Sky Hag IPA, Chocolate Stout and 16oz cans of Pre Flight Pilsner are also available.
Style: Pale Ale
Availability: 16oz Cans. Draft. April – September.
4.8% ABV, 30 IBUs
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Oskar Blues Brewery (CO/NC) is upping their nitro game with the addition of Oskar Blues Old Chub Nitro Cans.
Old Chub has been available on Nitro taps prior to this release. Nitro cans are a first for the craft beer in a can pioneer. Cans officially launch this week in Denver at the Craft Brewer’s Conference. National distribution announcement to follow.
OLD CHUB NITRO utilizes an existing widget technology developed by Ball. The Nitro widget is attached to the bottom of the can and is charged with liquid nitrogen during the filling process. The widget releases the nitrogen when the can is opened, liberating the cascading creamy smooth nitro pour.
Oskar Blues first launched nitrogen infused versions of their beers in 2009, thanks to brewer Juice Drapeau. Offerings since have included Dale’s Pale Ale, G’Knight Red Ale, alongside a few small batch offerings.
16oz/4 pack cans launch Friday, April 11th.
Style: Scotch Ale (Nitrogen)
Availability: 16oz Cans
pic via Oskar Blues
A new collaboration is on the way in the craft beer industry. This year Widmer Brothers Brewing (Portland, OR) celebrates 30 years of craft brewing. To celebrate, the brewery is collaborating with a few special people. (Six to be exact.)
Coming soon is Blacklight IPA, brewed with Boneyard Beer from Bend, Oregon. Widmer Brothers brewer Ben Dobler has known Boneyard’s Tony Lawrence for 17 years, making this first collaboration an easy choice.
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Blacklight IPA is a meld of the two breweries styles. A hop forward, sessionable 4.2% abv black ale with dark roasty notes.
Brewed with a heavy dose of five different hops varieties and stained black as night with cold-steeped dark malts, this beer hits huge with hop flavor and aroma without the heavy roast and harsh bitterness suggested by its color.
Widmer Brothers/Boneyard Beer Blacklight IPA will be available in 22oz bombers in Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, Minneapolis, New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia.
Style: Black IPA
Hops: Alchemy, Nelson Sauvin, Amarillo, Summer, Citra
Malts: Two Row Pale, Midnight Wheat, Special Aromatic, Flaked Barley, Caraffa III, Caravienne
Availability: 22oz Bombers
Arrival: April, 2014
pic via Widmer Brothers
Allagash Brewing (Portland, ME) has just released bottles of Golden Brett today at the brewery.
Golden Brett was fermented with the brewery’s house brettanomyces yeast, and aged in 800 gallon oak foudres. The last step was to dry hop it with Simcoe.
…This beer has a fruity nose with flavors of citrus, apricot and bread crust and has a mild tartness with a long clean finish.
No distribution is planned for Allagash Golden Brett.
Pic via Allagash
SweetWater Brewery (Atlanta, GA) has partnered with the Atlanta Braves for the 2014 season.
Inside the fan plaza stands the SweetWater Beer Island, formerly known as the Craft Beer Kiosk sponsored by Taco Mac.
The new beer island will sell the new SweetWater 420 Pale, and IPA cans. The island was hand designed to mimic not only the culture of SweetWater, but parts of the brewery.
The Atlanta Braves home opener is April 8th, versus The New York Mets.