New Releases

Posted in Don't Miss This, Great Divide, New Releases

New Yeti Sighting: Great Divide Chocolate Cherry Yeti

Great Divide Chocolate Cherry Yeti

Great Divide Chocolate Cherry Yeti is the latest “Yeti” to join the on-going series.

The Denver, Colorado-based brewery’s Yeti Imperial Stout is easily one of the most well-known for the style in the U.S. Since its inception, the “Yeti Clan” as the brewery calls it, has grown to include Oak Aged, Chai Yeti, Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti, and Barrel Aged Yeti. As 2019 gets rolling, Great Divide has released a new edition – Cherry Chocolate Yeti.

This release uses the epic Yeti Imperial Stout base and blends sour cherries and cacao nibs.

The roasty malt backbone of Yeti melds perfectly with the cherries and cacao to make this one a smooth sipper. A Yeti in a cherry orchard can be a great thing!

Great Divide Chocolate Cherry Yeti is available in 12-ounce bottles and draft.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Cocoa Nibs. Cherries.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: Late January 2019

9.5% ABV

Posted in New Releases, Pontoon Brewing

“Fudgy” Pontoon Brewing Brownie Batter hits shelves at the brewery

Pontoon Brewing Brownie Batter

Pontoon Brewing Brownie Batter, the first batch of a new pastry stout series, debuts at the brewery this week.

This beer is the beer equivalent of putting your finger into a bowl of brownie batter. This chocolate forward beer is touted as smooth and creamy (thanks to lactose) with hints of vanilla in the finish. It’s big – 13.1% alcohol by volume.

Pontoon Brewing Brownie Batter Batch #1 is available now in the brewery’s taproom.

Style: Imperial Stout (Sweet Stout) (w/ Vanilla Beans)
Availability: 16.9oz Bottles
Debut: Late January 2019

13.1% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Firestone Walker Brewing, New Releases

Firestone Walker Mind Haze IPA may be the best hazy IPA we’ve had yet

Firestone Walker Mind Haze IPA can

In the wild west of hazy India pale ales, one of the best breweries out there is about to release one of their own after a year of experimentation. Firestone Walker Mind Haze IPA debuts this month.

Firestone’s brewmaster Matt Brynildson recognizes this hazy IPA trend got its start on America’s East Coast, but according to him, he also sees it starting with Bavarian hefeweizens. This may help explain the flavor profile in Firestone Walker Mind Haze IPA.

This can of hop-haze boasts a creamy mouthfeel and tropical-banana aroma according to the brewery. (Where the Bavarian influence comes into play.) The brewing team amplified the esters from the yeast and paired it with fruity hops.

Firestone Walker killed it. In the world of hazy IPAs, Mind Haze is immediately one of the best we have ever had. This beer hits all the high notes of a hazy IPA; it’s a tropical juicy hop explosion, that finishes soft and almost creamy. No weird vegetal or underfermented flavors that some poorly made hazys possess. Brynildson and the brewing team took their time perfecting this beer before releasing it and you can truly taste it. This is a hazy slammer of a year-round release that raises the bar for the style.

 “We’re not relying on residual yeasts or starches for turbidity. The haziness and mouthfeel of Mind Haze are cultivated by more stable means, namely using 40 percent wheat and oats in the grain bill while nailing the timing and interplay of our hop additions,” says Brynildson.

It’s this hazy IPA meets Bavaria flavor that Firestone Walker hopes really puts their own “stamp” on the style.

Firestone Walker Mind Haze IPA hits the brewery’s entire distribution footprint this week in 12-ounce cans and draft.

Style: Hazy IPA
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: January 2019

6.2% ABV

Image: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Anderson Valley Brewing Company, New Releases

“Very dry” Anderson Valley Extra Dry Brut IPA debuts

Anderson Valley Brut IPA

Anderson Valley Extra Dry Brut IPA joins the brewery’s lineup year-round this month.

India pale ales have dominated craft beer sales for years. Every few years, a new trend surfaces within the India pale ale category. There’s been Black IPAs, and Belgian IPAs, but lately, it’s the hazy IPA/milkshake IPA fad and the quickly rising “brut IPA”.

The style is inspired by champagne and is loosely intended to be dry and effervescent like it’s namesake beverage. Anderson Valley’s Brut IPA is first and foremost dry, brewed and fermented with almost no residual sugars. The brewery used Chinook, Amarillo, and Simcoe hops to impart clean citrus flavors with low bitterness.

Anderson Valley Extra Dry Brut IPA is hitting shelves nationally in 12-ounce cans over the next few weeks, year-round.

Style: IPA (Brut IPA)
Hops: Chinook, Simcoe, Amarillo

Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: Late January 2019

6.8% ABV, 28 IBUS

Image: Anderson Valley Brewing

Posted in Boulevard Brewing, New Releases

Boulevard Space Camper Cosmic IPA joins lineup year-round

Boulevard Space Camper IPA Promo

Boulevard Space Camper Cosmic IPA is the newest year-round release by the Kansas City, Missouri based brewery.

The brewery’s year-round hoppy offerings include Heavy Lifting and Single Wide IPA, but nothing as juicy as Space Camper. Expect some of the usual “dank” suspects in this IPA, like Eukanot, El Dorado, and Galaxy.

…aromas of juicy mango, peach and pineapple, plus flavors of fresh citrus, stone fruit and watermelon.

Besides the reward of a tasty IPA, Boulevard has made a web-based Space Camper video game to celebrate the launch. Beat level 8 and you can enter a contest to win beer prize packs and possibly a Nintendo Switch.

Boulevard Space Camper Cosmic IPA is available in 12-ounce can and draft, year-round starting in late January 2019.

Style: IPA
Hops: Eukanot, Galaxy, El Dorado

Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-round.
Debut: Late January 2019

5.9% ABV, 50 IBUs

Posted in New Releases, Pontoon Brewing

Pontoon Brewing “Triples” The Floor is Lava recipe

Pontoon Brewing Triple Floor is Lava

Milkshake IPA gone big. Pontoon Brewing Triple The Floor is Lava is a boozy follow-up to last year’s popular release.

The Floor is Lava, a milkshake IPA brewed with guava, strawberries, kiwi, and lactose, debuted last summer. The creamy IPA was big on fruit as well as fruity hops.

For the brewery’s anniversary party this week, Pontoon took the original recipe and “imperialized” the base IPA and doubled tripled the amount of fruit, creating Triple The Floor is Lava.

Pontoon Triple The Floor is Lava is available at the brewery in Sandy Springs, Georgia in 16-ounce cans.

Style: Imperial IPA (Milkshake IPA) (w/ Guava. Strawberries. Kiwi. Lactose.)
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Brewery only
Debut: Late January 2019

11.8% ABV, 55 IBUs

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Holland Brewing, New Releases

New Holland Dragon’s Milk White, a “lighter” barrel-aged stout debuts in cans

New Holland Dragon's Milk White

New Holland Dragon’s Milk White debuts year-round in the coming weeks. 

The Holland, Michigan based brewery had Dragon’s Milk, a barrel-aged imperial stout, for many years now. It is will one of the most popular year-round barrel-aged stouts in America. Over the past few years, we’ve seen variants of Dragon’s Milk – Chocolate Orange, Banana Coconut, S’mores & more.

After a few days of social media teasing, we now know there is a second Dragon’s Milk to be found year-round – Dragon’s Milk White.

We equate a “white stout” to something like Crystal Pepsi. If you close your eyes, it kind of tastes like Pepsi, or in this case, a stout, but looks nothing like it in color. This stout pours a golden color instead of something resembling motor oil. New Holland states Dragon’s Milk White is “smooth and creamy”, with “flavors of oak, vanilla, cocoa and a hint of bourbon”.

If this wasn’t something completely new, this is the first time you’ve seen any Dragon’s Milk in a 12-ounce can.

Expect to see New Holland Dragon’s Milk White in 12-ounce cans and draft year-round this year.

Style: Stout (White Stout) Barrel Aged. Bourbon.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round
Debut: Late January 2019

6% ABV