Seasonal Return

Posted in Seasonal Return, Victory Brewing Company

Victory Sour Monkey (AKA sour golden monkey) returns

Victory Sour Monkey

Victory Sour Monkey a twist on the brewery’s year round favorite, Golden Monkey, is back for another round. The Belgian-style tripel has spent some time undergoing multiple fermentations via three different yeasts.

The first yeast in the trio is Westmalle yeast (made famous by the Belgian Trappist brewery), used in the Golden Monkey base beer. The sour and wild characteristics come from a blend of Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus bacteria.

A result of the visionary enthusiasm of Victory Brewing Company’s brewers, Sour Monkey playfully tantalizes taste buds into a electrified frenzy by combining juicy Tettnang and Hallertrau whole flower hops with Pilsner malt and coriander seed before bringing in the fun and the funk of unique yeast varieties. With an ABV of 9.5%, Sour Monkey delivers a punch with the pure taste of Victory.

Victory Sour Monkey is once again available in 750ml bottles in all of the brewery’s 37 state distribution footprint. Estimated retail price of $9.99.

Style: American Wild Ale
Hops: Tettnang, Hallertau

Availability: 750ml Bottles
Latest Return: August, 2016

9.5% ABV

Image: Beer Street Journal 

Posted in Seasonal Return, Wicked Weed Brewing Co

Wicked Weed Serenity, the brewery’s 1st bottle, gets new life

Wicked Weed Serenity 2016

Wicked Weed Serenity, the brewery’s first ever bottle, is returning with a new look

First released in March of 2014, Wicked Weed Serenity is a 100% Brettanomyces fermented farmhouse/wild ale. The beer was an instant hit, seeing limited release appearances since its inception.

The August 2016 release is only a 30 barrel batch, and won’t be hitting distribution.

This being a Brettanomyces Farmhouse Ale, we felt it more appropriate to give it a similar look to the rest of our Farmhouse series. With that in mind, we wanted to pay tribute to the original label by giving some insight as to what was happening in that mysterious and ominous castle in the mist. The central female character reaches for the sun in the hopes that she may help this organic structure continue to grow. – Wicked Weed Brewing

Wicked Weed Serenity is a 500 milliliter bottle offering, available at both Wicked Weed locations in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

Style: American Wild Ale
Availability: 500ml Bottles
Latest Return: August, 2016

 Note: This article will continue to be updated with future appearances of this beer. 

Posted in Seasonal Return, Wicked Weed Brewing Co

Wicked Weed Montmaretto returns as a flagship offering

Wicked Weed Montmaretto 2016

Wicked Weed Montmaretto takes leave of the brewery’s Canvas Series and returns as one of the brewery’s flagship beers this month.

In case the name was not suggestive enough, Wicked Weed Montmaretto boasts a favor reminiscent of amaretto – the Italian liqueur. The name is actually Italian for “a little bitter,” making a sour ale with almonds and cherries even more genius.

Montmaretto is aged in neutral wine barrels (barrels that have been used to the point where they are basically just oak vessels that don’t impart an flavor), when a secondary fermentation takes place on cherries. The beer is blended with beer aged on almonds, where a balance is struck for the final beer.

Wicked Weed Montmaretto is a 16.9 ounce bottle offering. The beer dons amazing new artwork, seen above.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Almonds, Cherries. Oak Aged.)
Availability: 16.9oz Bottles
Latest Release: August, 2016

6.9% ABV

Wicked Weed Montmaretto

Wicked Weed Montmaretto seen in 2015, part of the Canvas Series. Pic: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Allagash Brewing, Seasonal Return

Allagash FV 13 (foudre aged wild ale) resurfaces

Allagash FV 13

Allagash FV 13 has returned to shelves once again this month.

A Belgian-style golden ale is the base for Allagash FV 13. The beer is fermented in stainless steel with the brewery’s epic house yeast, then transferred to a 2,700 gallon French oak foudre (exactly like the one on the label).

What is even more unique about FV 13, is that a portion of the previous batch of this beer is used to to inoculate the new edition. A little bit of the old makes the new.

The flavor blends sweet and tart with notes of grapefruit and raspberry, and finishes with a cleansing bitterness.

Allagash FV 13 is a 375ml bottle release. This beer takes a nearly 4 years to brew and condition before public release.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ White Cane SugarOak Aged)
Hops: Tettnang, Hallertau

Availability: 12.7 oz bottles
Latest Return: August, 2016

8.8% ABV 

Posted in Seasonal Return, Wicked Weed Brewing Co

Wicked Weed Brettaberry returns with hot new artwork

Wicked Weed Brettaberry 2016

Wicked Weed Brettaberry is returning to shelves once again. This year it is sporting some sexy new artwork.

A ton of fruit (literally and figuratively) goes into making Wicked Weed Brettaberry. The Brettanomyces heavy beer has around one half pound per gallon of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and honey, taking fruit to the next level.

A half pound per gallon of strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries are packed into this effervescent Brettanomyces ale. These berries combine with honey to create the bursting fruit flavor of a freshly baked berry pie. Blended with a light portion of our golden sour and aged in French oak foeders, Brettaberry then bottle conditions until ripe for the picking.

Wicked Weed Brettaberry is a 500 milliliter bottle offering, seasonally.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Blackberries, Blueberries, Strawberries, HoneyOak Aged.)
Availability: 500ml Bottles
Latest Return: August, 2016

5.5% ABV

Wicked Weed Brettaberry bottle

Last year bottle artwork. Pic: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Heavy Seas, Seasonal Return

Heavy Seas Great’er Pumpkin is ready for 2016

Heavy Seas the Great'er Pumpkin bottle

Heavy Seas The Great’er Pumpkin, joined the Uncharted Waters Series in 2013. Before that, it was a part of the Mutiny Fleet. Each release in the series will feature some form of wood/barrel aging.

Heavy Seas The Great’er Pumpkin, the brewery’s pumpkin beer aged in bourbon has become one of the brewery’s most popular seasonals.

RELATED: Heavy Seas Uncharted Waters Series

As fall approaches and thoughts turn to Halloween, we roll out the Great’ER Pumpkin. A coppery ale with forward notes of vanilla oak and flavors of Autumnal spice, the ale is brewed with actual pumpkin and imported English malts. Pairs well with turkey legs, sweet potatoes, and an evening looking at the stars…

Heavy Seas The Great’er Pumpkin is a draft, and  22 ounce bottle offering, available as a limited seasonal.

Style: Pumpkin Beer (Barrel Aged, Bourbon)
Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft. Firkins
Latest Return: Aug/September, 2016

10% ABV

Posted in Boulevard Brewing, Seasonal Return

Boulevard Funky Pumpkin returns for a second season

Boulevard Funky Pumpkin 2016

Boulevard Funky Pumpkin makes a seasonal return this week. The Kansas City, Missouri’s unique take on the pumpkin seasonal.

In a sea of pumpkin spiced ales, Boulevard Funky Pumpkin is definitely one one of the more unique. In the spirit of Berliner Weisse, Funky Pumpkin is kettle soured with the lactic acid producing bacteria, Lactobacillus.

Our entry in the very popular pumpkin ale market is an eccentric one, with pumpkin flavor scarcely present, upstaged by cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and ginger. Brewhouse souring lends a subtle, pleasant tartness putting the “unk” in “funky.”

Boulevard Funky Pumpkin is available in 12 ounce bottles and draft, seasonally.

Style: Pumpkin Beer (w/ Cinnamon, Allspice, Nutmeg, Ginger.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Seasonal Release.
Latest Return: Early August, 2016

5.8% ABV, 28 IBUs