Ardent Summer American Sour Blend 2018 debuts on July 12th.
This blended sour starts with a blonde ale that has been soured in oak barrels, then blended with guava and pineapple.
This is a drinkable, restrained sour ale that features juicy, fruity flavors with minimal sweetness and a pleasant pineapple aroma, perfect for a summer afternoon.
Bottles of Ardent Summer American Sour Blend 2018 will be available in the Richmond, Virginia taproom the afternoon of July 12th.
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Avery Go Play IPA joins the Boulder, Colorado brewery’s year-round lineup this month.
Brewery founder Adam Avery wanted to create a beer like this for years. A full-flavored, “bold” India pale ale that still sports a lower alcohol by volume and is perfect for outdoor activities.
How does the brewery achieve this? Generous dry-hopping with dank and tropical hops like Vic Secret, Idaho 7, and Simcoe, plus an addition of sodium and potassium (think sports drinks). Avery calls the beer “IPA-Ade”.
…The great thing is about Go Play IPA is that it doesn’t matter if you are out crushing a 100-mile bike ride, redpointing your hardest climb yet, or simply walking the dog, this beer is designed to get you outside to play.” – Adam Avery
Avery Go Play IPA is available in 12-ounce cans and draft, year-round starting in July 2018.
Hops: Simcoe, Idaho 7, Columbus, Vic Secret
Malts: 2-Row, Wheat, Vienna
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round.
Debut: July 2018
Pontoon Brewing The Floor Is Lava
Style: Imperial IPA (w/ Guava. Vanilla Beans. Lactose.)
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Humulus Lupulus, more commonly known as “hops”, are easily the most prominent ingredient in beer. Using the term “dank” or “weed-like” when describing in India pale ale isn’t just a fun descriptor, but pretty accurate. Marijana and Humulus share the same family – Cannabaceae. The very unique scents by both hops and weed are not only familial traits but quite complimentary of each other.
Terpenes are hydrocarbons derived from the essential oils of hemp plants, and a major component of their resin. Terpenes give plants their aroma, taste and even color. While marijuana is still illegal in a majority of U.S. states, the flavor terpenes – which lack the psychoactive cannabinoids Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) have the blessing of the U.S. government.
Taking some of the all-stars in hops, and combining with the “dankness” of weed aromas is heating up in craft beer. Atlanta based SweetWater has had 420 Pale Ale for years, sporting a weed-culture undertone, only containing hops from the Cannabaceae family.
This month, SweetWater 420 Strain: G13 IPA debuts on draft, marrying hops and weed aroma mimicking terpenes into truly (dare we say dank again-) experience.
The origin of G13, or “Government Indica Strain 13” marijuana is the subject of various rumors, including one where the government created this “super-strain”. It was even mentioned in the movie American Beauty back in 1999. It’s easily one of the most well-known strains known to pop-culture after first appearing sometime in the 1970’s.
SweetWater has been experimenting for months with various iterations of plant-derived terpenes with cannabis aromatics, and India pale ales. The final recipe uses a proprietary terpene blend on the backdrop of a dry-hopped IPA that smells like the infamous G13 strain. Per head brewer Nick Nock, “The [IPA] flavor was undeniable, and a no-brainer for this first release. We used Columbus and Simcoe hops in both the boil and double dry-hop, plus flaked oats and wheat for a smooth finish.”
Let us say this. You know damn well when someone opens a bottle of 420 Strain: G13 IPA by smell alone. When Beer Street Journal published a photo of 420 Strain prior to this piece. Many followers made allusions to New Belgium’s recent terpene heavy release – The Hemperor. That beer also smelled like Willy Nelson’s house or a Widespread Panic concert. Sadly, so many drinkers told us while the beer’s aroma was very much on point, but the beer’s taste didn’t match. New Belgium does fantastic work, but that the disparity for many was hard to get past.
SweetWater’s 420 Strain: G13 doesn’t stop at the extremely notable aroma. The brewery got the IPA recipe right to boot. The entire package is dank, juicy, and incredibly aromatic. The brewer and laboratory work really shines in this creation. Keep in mind, just because you’ve had one IPA, doesn’t mean you’ve had them all. Same goes for terpene beers.
When you pour it in a glass, you get a face full of the G13 aroma, like opening a bag of fresh marijuana. And though it smells like the infamous cannabis strain, it tastes like a super delicious, nice and soft IPA with a clean finish.- SweetWater Brewing
The brewery is creating a full “420 Strain” series using various cannabis mimicking terpenes.
SweetWater 420 Strain: G13 is hitting taps in all of the brewery’s distribution states this summer. Expect new black bottles and black cans coming in the fall. The brewing team is working on new recipes for the 420 Strain Series, including a porter or stout.
Availability: Draft (Summer). Cans/ Bottles (Fall)
Debut: June 22, 2018
6% ABV, 48 IBUs
Red Brick In Bloom Modern IPA will be available at the brewery on June 14th.
Another in a line of taproom releases, Red Brick Modern IPA features an all-star lineup of Cashmere, Mosaic, Citra, and Enigma hops, plus a soft flaked oats and wheat malt bill.
…this delicious and bold profile of hops compliment the body of the beer perfectly
Red Brick In Bloom Modern IPA is available in 16-ounce cans and limited draft. The IPA has already sold out online, but cans will be available in the brewery opens at 4 pm.
Hops: Cashmere, Mosaic, Citra, Enigma
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Bell’s Sparkleberry Ale is slated for 16-ounce cans in June 2018.
This fruit-forward release first debuted in 2013 in honor of the Kalamazoo, Michigan Pride Festival. Bell’s Brewery was a presenting sponsor. Since then, the beer has been made more widely available on draft, plus a few 750-milliliter bottles at Bell’s General Store.
This summer, Bell’s Sparkleberry Ale is now available in 16-ounce cans for the first time.
The brewery continues to maintain their partnership with Kalamazoo Pride, a fundraiser for OutFront Kalamazoo. The Kalamazoo Gay-Lesbian Resource Center, OutFront Kalamazoo, continues to serve the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community of greater Kalamazoo, its friends, and allies.
“Our celebration of diversity is no secret, but this can says it front and center. No matter who you are or who you love, all are welcome at Bell’s.”- Laura Bell, CEO of Bell’s Brewery
Bell’s Sparkleberry Ale is now available in 16-ounce cans and draft.
Last summer, Avondale, Georgia based Wild Heaven debuted a “summery” edition of their wildly popular Emergency Drinking Beer. The brewery juiced thousands of pounds of fresh watermelons and infused the juice with their pilsner inspired beer. The result is summer in a 12-ounce can.
Despite the success of Watermelon EDB on draft last summer, Wild Heaven took a year review quality control and packaging best practices ahead of canning this fruit beer – a first for the brewery.
Wild Heaven Watermelon EDB has officially made it’s can debut for this first time in time for the official start of summer. Available in 12-ounce cans and draft as hot weather seasonal.
Lead Image: Eric Johnson, Brewery co-founder