Wicked Weed Amorous bottles have returned to the brewpub and Funkatorium in Asheville, North Carolina. Amorous takes the brewery’s love of both hoppy beer and sour ales into one unique offering.
Amorous is defined as being in love or enamored, and no one could doubt that Wicked Weed is in love with sour and hoppy ales. This beer is a blend of both Brett barrels and sour barrels, dry hopped with a bouquet of American hops to accentuate the tropical and citrusy profile of our wild yeast. No ale is more Wicked Weed than Amorous.
Wicked Weed Amorous is available in 500 ml bottles. North Carolina only.
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Odell Brazzle Sour Golden Raspberry Ale, a beer name that says it all, returns at the end of February.
The base beer is a golden ale, soured in oak barrels used for Odell’s Woodcut offerings, with multiple wild yeasts for a full two years. 300 pounds of raspberries are looped into the process before and after the bacteria and yeasts do their thing.
“We used golden raspberries to brew with, which gives this sour a touch of sweetness. There is also a bright, tart fruit and citrus flavor that comes through,” said Barrel Aging/Pilot System Manager, Brent Cordle. “The sour acidity plays well with the raspberry flavor. This is a very unique sour, and WELL worth the wait!”
Pretty sure that’s enough to get you drooling. Odell Brazzle is available in 750ml bottles, through out the brewery’s 11 states of distribution.
Avery Brewing Uncle Jacob’s Stout makes a return this weekend. The release is Batch 4.
It took just a few few short weeks for Uncle Jacob’s Stout to be found among the Top 25 most highly rated beers in the United States, prompting the brewery to make this an annual release. Jacob is an imperial stout, aged for six months in bourbon barrels.
Jacob Spears, our 6th Great Grand Uncle, is credited as the first distiller to label his whiskey ‘Bourbon.” He built his distillery in Bourbon County Kentucky in 1798– 203 years before we began brewing. While obviously a bit too late to produce Uncle Jacob’s wash, we’ve instead created something for more complex. In his honor, we present this robust, silky smooth, full-bodied and altogether extremely American rendition of an Imperial Stout aged for 6 months in the very finest bourbon barrels. This explains a lot about our penchant for big brews! It in our blood. (Brewed with Rocky Mountain Water, Malted Barley, Flaked Oats, Hops and Yeast.)
Avery Uncle Jacob’s Stout is available in 12oz bottles at Avery, starting February 22nd. Limited distribution to follow (see states below.)
Oskar Blues Brewery’s Gubna Imperial IPA returns to the seasonal lineup again in March, with a few hop tweaks.
The 2015 release features whole leaf Galena hops, plus Sorachi Ace, and Columbus hops. The 2015 GUBNA is dry hopped with (copious) amounts of El Dorado, Comet, and Chinook hops.
These hops create a dank, dense nose and unique blend of grapefruit, apricot, and herbs, creating the characteristic clean, bitter finish. The GUB sits on a base of Rye, North American Pale, and Munich malts, giving it a spicy and flavorful backbone to support loads of hops driving the IBUs to triple digits.
Oskar Blues GUBNA is available in 12oz cans (4 packs) from March until July, seasonally.
Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Sorachi Ace, Galena, Columbus, El Dorado, Comet, Chinook
Malts: Rye, North American Pale, Munich
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. March-July, Seasonal
10% ABV, 100+ IBUs
The Commons Brewery (Portland, OR) has just re-released Brotherly Love, their first bottle conditioned beer, again. Brotherly Love is Belgian strong ale, barrel aged, with cherries and cocoa nibs.
A variation of our Little Brother Belgian dark strong ale, Brotherly Love is matured in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels with red tart cherries and roasted Peruvian cocoa nibs. Take your time with this rich, decadent beer — and share it with friends.
Brotherly Love is a part of the brewery’s Beetje Series is a celebration of The Commons Brewery’s nano roots. First brewed in 2010 on a one-barrel system housed in a garage, these small-batch beers pay homage to the rustic brewery started it all.
The Commons Brewery Brotherly Love is available in 750ml bottles.
Almanac Valley of the Hearts Delight is back for round two. The sour ale is inspired by the agricultural history of Santa Clara Valley, California.
Now Silicon Valley, Santa Clara Valley was once known as Valley of the Heart’s Delight, the land of fruit orchards. For this release of Heart’s Delight, Almanac uses foraged apricots handpicked by the Garden To Table non-profit, promoting urban farming in San Jose.
Almanac Valley of the Hearts Delight uses a blend of wild and sour cultures from a few of the brewery’s other offerings. Aged in wine barrels with the foraged apricots. Available again in 375ml bottles.
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Dogfish Head’s spring seasonal, Aprihop, will feature new label art from Pittsburgh illustrator Rich Kelly. All 12oz bottles will feature the fresh artwork.
Kelly has created posters for big name musical acts like Phish, Primus, Dave Matthews Band, The Black Keys, and movie and tv’s Django Unchained, Breaking Bad.
When I started out, I recorded all of the information I could regarding the different ingredients, the geography of their origins and the process of brewing. Then it was a matter of creating visuals to accompany that information and then combining those visuals into one cohesive image…
Dogfish Head Aprihop is the brewery’s spring seasonal, brewed with apricot juice. It makes a seasonal return in March, 2015. Rich describes the creative process on Dogfish Head’s website.
Style: IPA (w/ Apricots)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Distribution: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, VA, VT, WA