Saint Arnold unveiled the latest Bishop’s Barrel release today -No. 17.
The Bishop’s Barrel releases are some of the most coveted by the brewery. Each release is barrel aged, each base beer partnered with the unique barrel characteristics. Each release focus on the symbiotic relationship with barrel and beer.
Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel 17 is a an adambier, a historic malt-forward beer hailing from Dormund, Germany. Brewery fans originally saw this beer as Divine Reserve Release 16. The big bodied adambier was brewed with a touch of smoked malt.
For the past 11 months, the beer has been aging in Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrels.
…The smoke from the base beer is subtle, and as it warms up, it becomes more in balance with the rest of the flavors. The wood character blends well with the smoked malt. At first sip, the honey and chocolate are well balanced, with the whiskey finishing it off. The smoke provides just enough to balance the sweetness…
Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel 17 is available starting March 27th, in 12 ounce bottles.
Every bit of this is about more bang for your buck. Founders Brewing is introducing the Centennial IPA 15 pack.
Founders Centennial IPA is a year-round release by the Grand Rapids, Michigan based brewery. The 7.2% India pale ale highlights the Centennial hop.
Get ready to bask in the glory of the frothy head’s floral bouquet. Relish the citrus accents from the abundance of dry hopping. This one’s sweet, yet balanced. Malty undertones shake hands with the hop character for a finish that never turns too bitter.
Founders Centennial IPA 15 packs will sell for the same price as the 12 packs. ERP $17.99. Nationally in April, 2017.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Mexican Spice Cake join the special “Reserve” series of beers starting in April.
This series is centered around the brewery’s Dragon’s Milk, a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. You might see the subtitle “Unlimited Release,” as it’s year-round.
The Dragon’s Milk Reserve Series is known for different spins on the brewery’s barrel-aged imperial stout, like Rum Barrel Coconut, Vanilla Chai Spice, and a high alcohol by volume Triple Mashed. Soon, look for New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Mexican Spice Cake will join the coveted lineup.
The “Mexican Cake” flavor has become a popular one in beer, combining flavors of cinnamon, chilis and vanilla. New Holland aged this beer for 3 months in bourbon barrels, with toasted chiles, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and cinnamon. A real popular beer every time It has been offered.
“The chocolate character in Dragon’s Milk is enhanced by the soft chili heat and mellowed out by the flavors of vanilla and cinnamon. It’s simply delicious and continues to show how well Dragon’s Milk can play with new flavors..” – Joel Petersen, VP of Beer Marketing
New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Mexican Spice Cake is available in 12 ounce bottles and draft for a limited time, starting April 1st.
Hi-Wire Man Eater, the Asheville, North Carolina based brewery’s popular imperial IPA, is now in cans.
The hop headliners in this release are Amarillo, and Citra. Hopped at a rate of 3.5 pounds per barrel, this beer is full of citrus, floral notes and spice. In abundance we might add. You love bold imperial IPAs then but Hi-Wire Man Eater on your must have list.
Each sip starts with orange zest flavors that turn to a lingering floral finish with a touch of warming alcohol heat. Very bright, very spring-like. Just sit back, relax, and crank up some Hall & Oates.
Hi-Wire Man Eater is already available on draft and in 16 ounce cans in both of the brewery’s taprooms. Expect limited distribution to follow soon.
Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Amarillo, Citra
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: March, 2017
PIC: Beer Street Journal
If you are a brewery that just invested thousands in a new centrifuge, this news might sting a little bit. Another hazy IPA is hitting shelves. Terrapin Cumulus Lupulus debuts this month.
Think of this beer as a hop showcase. Terrapin Cumulus Lupulus brings Amarillo, Citra, Galaxy, and Mosaic hops into play, at nearly 4 pounds per barrel. If you are in the hops purchasing business, that translates to expensive.
For the drinker, those hops mean an imperial India pale ale big on citrus, passionfruit, and kiwi. “Trop hops” as we call them. The beer is unfiltered and hazy, which means a glass of resiny, juicy goodness. Not to overuse the terms hazy and juicy, but that’s what Terrapin brings to the table in this new can. 12 ounces of juicy citrus, meant to be consumed as soon as possible.
Cumulus Lupulus is a great big juicy super hopped up unfiltered IPA with tropical fruit notes throughout the entire beer, from aroma to finish. – “Spike”, Terrapin Co-Founder & Brewmaster
Terrapin Cumulus Lupulus debuts this month in 12 ounce cans and draft. The brewery is staggering market releases to ensure freshness.
Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Amarillo, Citra, Galaxy, Mosaic
Availabilty: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: March, 2017
Southern Tier Thick Mint, a new imperial stout by the New York based brewery, has shipped for the first time.
The brewery’s Blackwater Series is home to some of the most well known beers in the industry. Creme Brûlée, Choklat, & Mokah imperial stouts are just a few examples. Spring brings Girl Scout cookies, and Southern Tier has a perfect beer pairing.
Southern Tier Thick Mint mimics one of the most popular Girl Scout cookies out there, Thin Mints. (For some reason we always find them in people’s freezers.) The 10% alcohol by volume imperial stout is brewed with cocoa nibs and mint. Another dessert beer cometh.
If the past has taught us anything, it’s this. When Southern Tier makes a flavored imperial stout, flavor is what you are going to get. While Thick Mints is truly like drinking a cookie, the brewery showed enough restraint to where it pairs well with its inspiration, while being very drinkable on on its own.
We made big ways when we introduced Choklat in 2007. Since then, our affection for decadent, flavorful, dessert-like beers and a zeal to venture into the far corners of the flavor world, have been the drivers in our endless quest to brew the perfect indulgence.
Southern Tier Thick Mint is now available in 12 ounce bottles and draft.
PIC: Beer Street Journal
Late in 2015 the brewing world saw Sierra Nevada and Stone Brewing team up in a hoppy collaboration known as NXS. The all California creation was split down the middle, with 50% of the IPA batch aged in gin barrels, and 50% in rye whiskey barrels. NXS rises once again this week, this time, with another California based brewery, Karl Strauss.
One thing is certain, hops definitely unite brewers. Which ones chosen, and how you brew with them is just one of the things setting you apart. Sierra Nevada and Karl Strauss collective have 65 years of craft brewing under their belt. It is the experience that will bring you what the duo calls “unabashedly hoppy”, an IPA with tropical fruit and citrus hop flavors. Sierra Nevada touts this beer as a “red IPA” and by the looks of it, the moniker fits.
Craft beer was born in California and it was here that brewers created the “west coast” style of hop forward brewing. California is a big state, and NorCal and SoCal often have different approaches to beer – yet remain united through hops.
Sierra Nevada Karl Strauss NXS will be available in 22 ounce bottles, limited to California.
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Debut: Mid-March, 2017