If this is Burial Beer Co.’s idea of what the rivers in hell taste like, count us in.
The Asheville, North Carolina based brewery’s Solera program has yielded another release, and it indeed runs deep red. Burial The River to Hell Runs Red is Oud Bruin ale (Flanders Brown Ale) that spent 6 months in Brunello foeders, only to be re-fermented in Sanctuary Vineyards Tempranillo barrels for 9 months. Hold on, not done. 75% of this sour ale was aged on raspberries, while the remaining 25% on blueberries.
The release is truly a dark, brooding, sour ale. As it warms the depth of this beer is revealed – a wash of bold Spanish black grapes and a subtle hint of dry Italian wine barrel, finishing with just the tiniest hint of vinegar and raspberry. Fans of sours like The Bruery Tart of Darkness or Jolly Pumpkin Noel De Calabaza will find a new love in hell here.
Burial The River to Hell Runs Red is a brewery only release, in 16.9-ounce bottles.
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It might be hard to imagine an ale and a lager meshed together in a single beer. Especially since beer is pretty divided into one of those two categories. As it turns out, a fusion of the two styles can be pretty amazing as we just learned with Sam Adams ’76.
The brewers at Boston Beer Company used two active fermentations, one for a lager and one for an ale to create Sam Adams ’76. The idea is to blend the “fruitiness” of an ale with the smoothness of a lager. Sound a little odd? We thought so too.
The year of experimenting (around 60 iterations according to the brewery) was well worth it. Sam Adams ’76 is one of the best session beers we’ve tried in a long time. ‘76 pours a light gold/straw flavor and looks almost creamy at first splash. Imagine something like a pale ale brewed with Cascade, Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops blended with a crisp lager. Yeah, it’s hard to piece together that flavor. That’s why trying this beer is a must. This hybrid beer compliments a wide range of food, those days when you start day drinking early, or just a break from a hefty IPA or stout session with friends. Easy drinking, clean, refreshing, all those buzz words are applicable here.
In our minds, this beer is definitely a win.
Sam Adams ’76 is available in 12-ounce cans now, draft in April 2018.
Style: Light Lager (Hybrid Beer)
Hops: Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic, Cascade
Availability: 12oz Cans. Draft (April). Year-Round
Debut: January 2018
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Firestone Walker Nitro Merlin Milk Stout has been canned for the first time this month.
Two years ago, Nitro Merlin Milk Stout debuted on draft. Since then, Firestone Walker’s brewmaster Matt Brynildson has been researching options to make it work in cans. Ultimately, the brewery accomplishes this without a nitrogen widget.
“We looked at widgets, but couldn’t find a way to use them without exceeding our specs for total dissolved oxygen in the beer, which ultimately affects freshness and shelf life, so we had to look elsewhere.” -Matt Brynildson
The brewery retrofitted the brewery’s canning line with a liquid nitrogen drip machine. A drop of liquid nitrogen is dropped into the can, which immediately turns into nitrogen gas. The can is filled and sealed, mixing the gas in both the liquid and trapped in the headspace. For best effect, use what Firestone Walker calls the “surge pour” by inverting the can three times and pouring hard.
Flavor. Nitro Merlin has been an incredible beer since its inception. Brynildson and his team ported the beer over to cans beautifully. The beer is smooth and creamy, with just a touch of lactose sweetness and hints of milk chocolate. If you’re into beer pairings, drop a few dollars and order Brown Butter Cookie Company’s “Original” cookies . The pairing is as heavenly as it is addictive. They compliment each other so well, you actually want to dip the cookies in the beer. (And fight your friend/lover/spouse for the last bite and sip.)
Firestone Walker Nitro Merlin Milk Stout is the brewery’s first packaged nitro beer, hitting shelves nationally in January 2018.
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Monday Night Whirling Dervish is the newest seasonal release by the Atlanta, Georgia based brewery.
A dry Irish stout serves as the canvas for the Batdorf & Bronson coffee roasted especially for this release. Monday Night’s creative brewer Josh Johnson had cold winter nights in mind with designing this recipe. “We packed a lot of roasty and toasty flavor into this beer. It’s an everyday drinker on cold winter nights – or anytime you need a little coffee kick,” he says.
Ren Doughty with Batdorf & Bronson roasted the coffee beans darker in order to bring out notes of chocolate, molasses, toasted almond and orange zest. The resulting stout that will help you forget the almost single digit temperatures so many people are drinking through this winter.
This isn’t the first time the brewery has worked with Batdorf & Bronson. Bed Head (a coffee IPA), as well as award-winning milk stout Tears of My Enemies, make use of the talents of the local roaster.
Monday Night Whirling Dervish will be available in 12-ounce cans and draft starting January 20th.
While the world continues to wait on the sixth book in the Game of Thrones Series (The Winds of Winter), the brewers in Cooperstown have a new inspired release – Ommegang Winter is Here.
This release marks the 9th Game of Thrones release the brewery has created with HBO. The beer is a double white ale brewed with sea salt and white pepper. The label depicts the Night King, a key piece in the sixth season (and book if we ever get it…)
Let’s be straightforward here. Winter is Here is nothing short of fantastic. Witbiers remind you of warmer days sipping a cold pint on a sun-drenched porch somewhere. However, if you are stuck drinking north of The Wall, with the army of the undead wandering around, you need something a little stronger. Each sip of this beer is better than the first – awash with notes of banana and clove, with just the slightest touch of white pepper and honey malt. Whether drinking Winter is Here on its own or with food, do not pass this beer up.
“In this next season, we celebrate the long-awaited arrival of winter with a beer fit for consumption north of The Wall. Winter is Here is a fortifying and delicious double white, brewed with sea salt and white pepper, sure to keep you warm in winter, no matter how long it lasts.” – Doug Campbell, President – Brewery Ommegang
Ommegang Winter is Here is available in 750-milliliter bottles, first released in October.
Debut: October 2017
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Creature Comforts Mango, Orange & Lime Tritonia debuts in the brewery’s taproom on Friday.
The Athens, Georgia based brewery hit a home run with their fans when they debuted Cucumber & Lime Tritonia on draft in 2015. Creature Comforts has been teasing new variants ever since.
This Friday look for a new variant hits cans – Creature Comforts Mango, Orange & Lime Tritonia. The tart wheat ale features a touch of coriander, and sea salt, plus fresh mangos, oranges and limes.
12-ounce cans of this Tritonia variant are on sale at the brewery on Friday, January 19th at 3 pm.
Dogfish Head Wood-Aged Bitches Brew is now available year-round.
In 2010, Dogfish Head released Bitches Brew, a new imperial stout created to honor the epic Miles Davis album by the same name, released in 1970. The album, deemed unconventional by many at the time, is considered the progenitor of the jazz-rock genre.
Much like the album’s composition, the imperial stout blends carefully selected components in its creation. The original release was created out of threads of an imperial stout, and imperial stout brewed with gesho root and honey.
Dogfish Head Wood-Aged Bitches Brew adds a new element – wood. The beer has been aged and blended in the giant oak tanks that Dogfish Head uses to age their Pale Santo release. This “deeper cut” is a fusion of three threads of imperial stout aged on oak, and one of the Tej, an African honey beer, aged in the 10,000 gallon Palo Santo tanks.
Dogfish Head Wood-Aged Bitches Brew is available this month in new 12-ounce/6-packs year-round.