Meet Widmer Fizz, an interesting hybrid beer. Fizz is brewed with Meyer lemons, fresh ginger, and finished with champagne yeast. The result is an effervescent, bubby, summer offering.
“We got together with the 10 Barrel team, and they helped push this beer way out of the box,” said Ben Dobler, innovation brewer at Widmer Brothers Brewing. “We’re calling Fizz a ‘spritzer-style ale’ because the beer was inspired by spritzer champagne cocktails, and we feel like it’s a great description of what the beer actually delivers. The champagne yeast, Meyer lemon, and fresh ginger give it a really refreshing summertime taste.”
Widmer Brothers Fizz will be available in limited quantities in 22oz bottles, and draft.
5.5% ABV, 20 IBUs
Red Hare Brewing (Marietta, GA) took a trip to Oakshire Brewing (Eugene, OR) over the winter. The two breweries struck a friendship that leads us to this summer offering, based on Oakshire’s Ill Tempered Gnome Winter Ale.
On a recent trip to Oregon, while seeking shelter from a freak blizzard, head brewer from Oakshire Brewery invited the Red Hare crew to warm up with their sour barrels and hearty winter ales. As a nod to their Ill Tempered Gnome Winter Ale, we decided to collaborate on a summer version, an India Pale Lager. With this collaborative effort, we were able to get enough Citra hops to amok this beer a go. This India Pale Lager has the biscuity, malt flavor profile of a Lager, with the intense bitter, tropical citrus tones of an IPA.
Style: India Pale Lager
Hops: Citra, Zythos
Malts: Two Row, Bonlander, Munich, 40L Caramel Malts
Availability: Draft only
6.2% ABV, 70 IBUs
Almanac Beer Co. (San Jose, CA) has introduced a brand new year round west coast style IPA – Almanac IPA. The new hoppy offering is touted as having intense aromas of grapefruit and tangerine peel, melon, pineapple and pine trees.
Almanac IPA will be available in 22oz bombers and draft
Hops: Apollo, El Dorado, Simcoe, Mosaic
Malts: German Vienna, Crystal, Biscuit
Availability: 22oz Bombers, Draft. Year round.
Mother’s Brewing Company (Springfield, MO) has just launched canned options for the craft beer drinking public.
The first options include two offerings from their year round lineup:
Towhead: Towhead is Mother’s little blonde baby. We’ve captured a subtle blend of sweet, fruity flavors—well suited for close examination yet balanced enough to go down smooth, clean, and crisp when you just want something cold and tasty.
Lil’ Helper: Mother’s Midwest Coast IPA is hopped in both the wort kettle and aging vessel for a sharp, clean bitterness and fragrant citrus hop flavors.
We’ve put a lot of time into planning for these cans, with our fans in mind, to ensure that they were perfect,” says Jeremy Wicks, Director of Sales and Marketing. “There is so much outdoor activity that happens during the summertime in the Midwest, whether it be at the lake, river, or pool. We wanted to offer people a way to take Mother’s with them anywhere their summer activities take them, and cans are the best way to accomplish that.”
The brewery says more cans are on the way, with decisions and timeline to be made in the near future. Look for six packs of both Towhead and Lil’ Helper everywhere that Mother’s Brewing Company distributes.
Current distribution: Springfield, Kansas City, Columbia, Cape Girardeau, Rolla, and Sedalia, as well as Kansas City, KS. and Northwestern AR including Fayetteville, Eureka Springs, Bentonville, and Ft. Smith.
Iron Hill Brewery (DE, PA, NJ) has just released their first canned beer Mahalo, Apollo!
The summer wheat beer brewed with a Belgian yeast, and spiced grains of paradise and lemongrass.
Mahalo, Apollo! is a golden, complex and refreshing summer wheat beer spiced with lemongrass and Grains of Paradise fermented with Belgian yeast, making for an easy-drinking beer that complements grilled dishes beautifully.
Iron Hill Mahalo, Apollo! 16oz cans are the first by the brewery. Four packs are $16.75.
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Martin House Brewing (Fort Worth, TX) has released two new cans this week – River House Saison, and Pretzel Stout.
Pretzel Stout: Made with a large quantity of sourdough pretzels, this new spin on a traditional stout is as black as oil with a gradually evolving roasty and salty malt flavor. It’s almost like you are drinking a pretzel.
River House Saison: Floral, citrus, spicy notes complimenting a crisp, very dry, almost champagne-like mouth feel. It’s the perfect session beer delivering tons of flavor in a very “light” beer.
Both offering are available in 12oz cans. Those looking – see this off-premise customer map.
The Commons Brewery (Portland, OR) releases a new seasonal today, Biere Royale. The funky beer debuts during the annual Puckerfest.
Biere Royale a sour ale brewed with black currants. It’s modeled French cocktail Kir Royale, typically made with white wine and blackcurrant liqueur.
The Commons Brewery Biere Royale will be available in 750ml capped bottles and in limited draft.
Availability: 750ml bottles, Draft. Mid-July – Mid-August