Summer is winding down, and fest beers are arriving. Left Hand Oktoberfest marks the transition into cooler days.
If the brewery is continuing their brewing trend, Left Hand started work on this malty lager this past spring. It takes two months to perfect.
In the past thanks to the pains of brewery expansions, Oktoberfest wasn’t found in every market. Fans will be happy to know it’s in all the brewery’s markets these days. Fest follows this summer’s Good JuJu in the seasonal lineup.
Pouring a brilliant copper in color, the mÃ¤rzen lager entices the imbiber with notes of warm biscuit reminiscent of home and fall tradition. Oktoberfest begins with the toasty sweetness of the malt up front while the noble pedigree hops allow for a dry crisp finish at 6.6% ABV.
Left Hand Oktoberfest is available in 12-ounce bottles and draft, seasonally.
Hops: Magnum and Spalter Select
Malts: Munich and Pilsner
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft
Fun Fact: Head Brewer Guenzel’s silhouette is blended in the left side of lion’s mane, a signature feature of many of Left Hand’s beer labels.
The wildly popular Southern Tier Pumking is back again for the 2017 season. Easily one of the most unique (and highly debated) pumpkin beer across craft beer since debuting in 2007.
The 9% strong ale is brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, clove, and allspice. Each sip is an over-the-top fall beer that tastes like biting into pumpkin pie (with the crust!).
in 2015, Southern Tier Pumking added 12-ounce bottles, making the imperial pumpkin ale a little more manageable if you are flying solo.
In 2014, the brewery added Southern Tier Rum Aged Pumking,
Southern TIer Pumking is available in 12-ounce bottles, 22-ounce bottles, and draft through fall 2017.
Availability: 22oz Bombers. Draft. 12oz Bottles
Latest Return: Fall 2017
One of the biggest pumpkin beers out there, Avery Rumpkin has returned again for fall 2017.
“A pumpkin pie soaked in rum.” That was the general idea when creating the Avery Rumpkin recipe. Besides pumpkin, Avery Rumpkin is brewed with nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cinnamon, then aged in rum barrels.
Rum barrels have been a big leaking issue for Avery in the past. If a barrel leaks, you beer killing oxygen getting in, or other off-flavors introduced into the beer. Over the past 7 years, the brewery has lost between 30% & 40% of the batches. To fix this, the brewery flew in two professional coopers from France to restore the rum barrels before Rumpkin rested in the wood.
The result? Avery states this year’s de-barreling was the best in the brewery’s history.
The 2017 edition of Avery Rumpkin debut on August 7th. Look for it nationally later this month.
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Great Divide Hoss Oktoberfest is back in the Denver, Colorado brewery’s again this month. This is the second time this beer has been canned.
It may seem a little early to be thinking Oktoberfest beers, but lagers really are perfect year round. Great Divide Hoss is among one of Beer Street Journal’s favorite festbier styles. Fans of a malty lager will very much enjoy this plaid laden beverage.
HOSS is based on the Märzen lagers of Germany. Rich, layered malt notes, with hints of cherry and dark fruits, dominate, while the unique addition of rye imparts a slightly earthy, spicy character. Hoss finishes crisp and dry, and its brilliant red-orange color is a toast to the sunsets that make the perfect backdrop for this beer.
Great Divide Hoss is a seasonal release on draft, 12-ounce bottles, and 12-ounce cans.
Availability: 12oz Cans, 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Latest Return: August 2017
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The Veil Brewing Master Shredder is back on sale again this week – the brewery’s “house” India pale ale.
This “house IPA” is a staff favorite and called “super crushable.” This batch is apparently the haziest batch they’ve released to date. The August 8th release is the last round of this beer for a few months.
The Veil Brewing Master Shredder is available in 16-ounce cans at the brewery in Richmond, Virginia. $14/pack.
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Latest Return: 8/8/17
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The Hop Concept Mosaic and Eureka IPA is hitting shelves again this month – only the second this beer has appeared.
The hoppy wing of Port Brewing/Lost Abbey says heavyweights Eureka and the Mosaic hops meet in this India pale ale. Together, the two bring everything from pine to tropical fruits into each sip.
Mosaic, probably one of the most aptly named hops fuses an array of tropical fruits, citrus, and berry with mild herbal, earthy, and pine characteristics. Heady Eureka hops emphasize heavy pine, underlined by mild floral notes and rounded out with dank aromas.
The Hop Concept head brewer Steve Churchill loves Mosaic hops, and this year’s allotment is some of the best they had. Pairing them with Eureka is a big flavor bonus.
Look for The Hop Concept Mosaic and Eureka IPA in 22-ounce bottles starting the first week of August.
Hops: Eureka, Mosaic
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Latest Return: August, 2017
NoDa Roaring Riot cans return at the end of July, brewed for NFL’s Carolina Panthers loyal.
The brewery is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and as you can probably imagine – big Panthers fans. NoDa Roaring Riot is dedicated to the passionate fan base. The beer is a pale ale brewed with rye malt.
Brewed wth our favorite Carolina tailgaters and fans, the Roaring Riot. #DoYouRiot
NoDa Roaring Riot will be available in 16-ounce cans again Friday, July 28th.
Style: Rye Beer
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Latest Return: 7/28/17