Wicked Weed Brewing (Asheville, NC) has announced a new hop-meets-funk offering, Lusus Naturae. The brew a hoppy imperial IPA, finished with Wicked Weed’s house strain of Brettanomyces. Brewed in collaboration with Tasty Beverage Company in Raleigh, North Carolina in honor of their third anniversary.
Lusus Naturae is a dry, North Carolina Double IPA brewed with thoroughbred Riverbend Malt and 30 lbs of fresh-off-the vine Cascade wet hops from Echo View farms. It is dry hoped with over 3 lbs per barrel and finished with our house Brettanomyces strain. Drink this hoppy goodness fresh or lay it down to bring out the funk.
Wicked Weed Lusus Naturae will be able 500 ml bottles across North Carolina.
Style: American Wild Ale
Availability: 500ml bottles
The Unknown Brewing Company (Charlotte, NC) has completed (or is completing) their first ever canning run.
First up in cans is Over the Edge IPA.
Over the Edge takes a great balance of 5 grains and then ramps it up with West Coast hops that were born in the shadows of the cascades. We use these Hops in 7 different additions to create an adventure from the beginning of the sip all the way to the burp.
Unknown Over the Edge IPA is available in 12oz cans in the tap room starting today. Distribution to follow.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
6.9% ABV, 65 IBUs
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A smaller batch of a new musical collaboration appeared in June - Dogfish Head Beer Thousand. The offering celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Guided By Voices album, Bee Thousand.
Beer Thousand was tapped in June at the Barrymore Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin, with a little bit available at the Dogfish Head pub in Rehobeth Beach, Delaware.
What is it? Beer Thousand is an imperial lager, brewed with 10 grains, 10 hops, and is 10% ABV. Mathematically, 10x10x10=1000. Beer Street Journal is told Beer Thousand will be bottled later this fall with a 10-inch record.
Style: Imperial Lager
Availability: 12oz Bottles, late 2014
Three years ago, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Boulevard Brewing Company created Terra Incognita, a special offering for SAVOR, a a Brewers Association beer and food event. The beer was so much fun to make, the two breweries released it again in 2013, this time with Brettanomyces yeast.
The 2014 edition does not include wild yeast, but let us assure you after trying it right after bottling, it’s better than you can imagine. This year is a 55% blend of wine barrel ale, 32% bourbon barrel aged ale, and 13% fresh ale. The base beer is a hoppy, imperial brown ale.
“The base beer is a roasty, hopped-up brown ale that evolves in such interesting ways when it spends time in wine and whiskey barrels,” said Sierra Nevada Head Brewer Steve Dresler. “We hosted Boulevard at our Chico brewery and together tasted various blending ratios until we had a final beer that captivated us. We imagine craft beer drinkers will be similarly impressed.”
Sierra Nevada/Boulevard Brewing Terra Incognita will be available in 750 ml bottles for a limited time.
From kitchen collaboration, to mixed pack release, and now six packs, Upslope Brewing Company (Boulder CO) Thai Style White IPA is gaining popularity.
“What started as a collaboration with Denver’s Euclid Hall Bar and Kitchen has evolved into a tap room favorite. When deciding on our next Limited Release style, the answer was easy,” said Upslope Founder, Matt Cutter. “Uncommon ingredients like Thai basil, ginger, lemongrass and coriander combine to give our Thai IPA its unique, but well balanced, signature flavor.”
Thai Style White IPA starts with a Belgian wit yeast, and a blend of seven different Asian-inspired spices. The six packs are now on shelves in Colorado, with the rest of their distribution system getting them soon.
Style: White IPA (w/ Ginger, Lemongrass, Thai basil, Coriander)
Hops: Columbus, Cascade, Australian Galaxy
Malts: Pilsner, White Wheat
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. New six packs
Distribution: CO, TX, WY, AZ
Hi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, NC) is releasing a familiar red ale seasonal this month, Lion Tamer Red. Asheville folks my remember this as Ringmaster Red Rye from last fall.
The name was changed to prevent brand confusing with their Ringmaster Reserve Series, a quarterly extra special big bottle offering.
Red with hops and rye – oh my! Aggressively hopped with a healthy blend of citrus- and fruit-forward hops and balanced by the unmistakable bite of rye, allow this brew to tame your thirst.
Hi-Wire Lion Tamer Red will hit draft on bottles across North Carolina starting August 18th. Lion Tamer follows the summer seasonal Uprisin’ Hefeweizen.
Style: Red Ale
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Late Summer/Fall Seasonal
Perennial Artisan Ales (St. Louis, MO) is releasing a limited amount of a new wine barrel offering, Savant Blanc.
Savant Blanc is a Belgian-style blonde Ale, 100% fermented with Brettanomyces, aged 5 months in Chardonnay grapes with Chardonel grapes. (a white wine hybrid grape.)
Perennial Savant Blanc is available today (7/31) in the tap room in 750ml bottles ($20) and will hit distribution in very limited quantities.
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