Seasonal Return

Posted in Seasonal Return, Upland Beer

Fresh Citra hops: Upland Harvest Ale

Upland Harvest Ale

Upland Harvest Ale, the brewery’s fresh hop ale, returns this week.

The Bloomington, Indiana based brewery adds fresh Citra hops picked just 24 hours prior, to a pale ale. The result is a beer with a unique, bright and citrusy hop flavor.

“We take extra steps and effort to use wet hops in our hopback because it allows the citrus and tropical fruit character of the Citra to really shine,” – Pete Batule, VP of Brewing Operations.

Upland Harvest Ale is available for a limited time in 12 ounce bottles and draft.

Style: Pale Ale (Wet Hopped)
Hops: Citra

Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Latest Return: Late September, 2016

5.5% ABV, 62 IBUs

Posted in Boulevard Brewing, Seasonal Return

Boulevard Funky Pumpkin, gone after 2016

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. 2016 season will be the last time you’ll find Funky Pumpkin (at least for a while), as the brewery will not release it in 2017.

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

5.8% ABV, 28 IBUs

Posted in Jester King Brewery, Seasonal Return

Jester King Aurelian Lure 2016 release: Limited

Jester King Aurelian Lure

Jester King Aurelian Lure, the Austin, Texas brewery’s oak barrel sour alewill make its 2016 appearance on Friday, September 16th.

Jester King Aurelian Lure is a sour/wild beer brewed with apricots. For the 2014 release the brewery minimized the contact time with the apricots to reduce the amount of citric acid in the beer. In addition, the sour base beer is a blend of mature beer from oak, low in lactic acid.

Due to limitations in fermentation space, and the limited amount of mature, barrel-aged sour beer the brewery has for blending, (thanks to high demand for fruited sours) this year’s release is limited to just 900 bottles. 2015 saw a batch of 5000.

Jester King Aurelian Lure is available in the brewery’s tap room in 500 ml bottles starting September 16th.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ ApricotsOak Aged)
Availability: 500ml bottles. 900 bottles available.
Latest Return: 9/16/16

6% ABV 

Image via Jester King

Posted in Oskar Blues Brewing, Seasonal Return

Oskar Blues Hotbox Coffee Porter is back for another round

Oskar Blues Hotbox Coffee Porter cans

Oskar Blues Hotbox Coffee Porter, a collaboration with Hotbox Roasters, is returning to shelves for a second time. The beer first debuted in December, 2015.

Hotbox Coffee Porter features cold-extracted coffee from Burundian and Ethiopian beans, to give the base porter flavors and aromas of dark plums, chocolate and hints of blueberry.

“Hotbox Porter shows that beer and coffee were meant to be together.  Digging in with Hotbox Roasters allowed us to develop a malt blend and a coffee blend that gel beautifully.” -Tim Mathews, Head of Oskar Blues brewing operations

As you’ll recall, earlier this year the brewery also partnered Hotbox Roasters to offer coffee beans in cans.

Oskar Blues Hotbox Coffee Porter is available nationally in 12 ounce cans and draft through November, 2016.

Style: Porter (w/ Coffee)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Sept-Nov.
Latest Return: September, 2016

6.4% ABV, 30 IBUs

Posted in Jester King Brewery, Seasonal Return

Jester King La Vie en Rose is all about raspberries

Jester King Vie En Rose

Jester King La Vie en Rose is back in action starting today. The farmhouse ale is fermented in stainless steel with raspberries. Those berries have a story though. Keep reading.

This is where it gets interesting. The raspberries in Rose are actually the ones used in the making of another beer, Atrial Rubicite. Taking a cue from Brasserie Cantillon, Jester King wanted to get a second extraction from the fruit. Why? After fermenting the first beer, the berries still had a lot of flavor and aroma that could be used during the fermentation process.

The base beer for what will soon be Jester King La Vie in Rose was pumped into tanks that still contained raspberries, and fermented Atrical Rubicite.  Jester King approaches adding fruit to beer the same way grapes become wine. Fruit (in this case, raspberries) is a part of the fermentation process, not added to finished beer.  The final flavors are very different.

Jester King La Vie en Rose was fermented for four months. Month one was house yeast. After that, natural Texas Hill Country yeast and Brettanomyces, and other souring bacteria.

Jester King La Vie en Rose will be available at the brewery on Friday, January 3rd.  Bottles should be available in late January/February, 2014.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Raspberries)
Hops: Golding, Fuggles, Perle
Malts: Pilsner Malt, Wheat Malt, Steel Cut Oats

Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft.
Latest Return: 9/9/16

6.2% ABV

La Vie en Rose translates to “Life in Pink” Artist Joshua Cockrell explains the vision:

“It speaks firstly to a mainstream ignorance of viewing what progress has been made as a confirmation that the struggle for gender equality is over or nonexistent, i.e. viewing the current gender equality climate through rose colored lenses. The literal translation transmits the idea of containment of the female role in society, and on a larger scale the burden of gender and beauty constructs. The color pink itself is a great and obvious example of gender confinement. I love that while drinking this beer you have the physical experience of rose colored lenses giving you a reminder again to reflect on the topic.”

Posted in Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Seasonal Return

Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin Ale kicks off fall in Richmond

Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin Ale

Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin Ale debuts today at the brewery in Richmond, Virginia.

Easing into the fall season, Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin combines a base flavor of a Belgian-style farmhouse ale, with Virginia flame-roasted sugar pumpkins plus a little brown sugar.

Tack on fresh ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, ginger, and allspice for that touch of fall flavor. The end result is another fantastic Hardywood offering.

A great accompaniment to butternut squash soup or oven baked yams, Farmhouse Pumpkin is also right at home with spiced pies, especially bourbon pecan pie, apple pie and, of course, pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream.

Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin Ale is available in 750 milliliter bottles and draft, seasonally.

Style: Farmhouse Ale (w/ Pumpkin, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, Ginger, Allspice.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft. Seasonal release.
Latest Return: September, 2016

8.5% ABV, 21 IBUs

Image: Hardywood

Posted in Seasonal Return, Three Taverns Brewery

Three Taverns Sour Asylum 2 aka “Cranberry Sauced”

Three Taverns Sour Asylum 2

Three Taverns Sour Asylum 2 is back in action starting today. This sour is basically Thanksgiving dinner in your mouth.

The Decatur, Georgia based brewery kicked off the Sour Asylum Series with Sour Asylum 1, a Lactobacillus kettle soured beer fermented with the brewery’s house lager yeast.

The second edition took that beer a step further with the addition of cranberry juice, cinnamon and clove. A perfect Thanksgiving sour beer. They call it “Cranberry Sauced” for a reason.

Cranberry Sauced is the second in our new series of lacto-fermented sour ales. Spiced with cranberry juice, cinnamon, and clove in the fermenter, and balanced by a pleasing acidity from the lactobacillus strain added to the kettle, this unique beer is your perfect companion to the Thanksgiving season.

Three Taverns Sour Asylum 2 is on tap the brewery starting today, September 1st. You’ll find it on tap in market in October.

Style: Berliner Weisse (w/ Cranberry Juice, Cinnamon, Clove)
Availability: Draft only

Latest Return: September, 2016

5% ABV