Seasonal Return

Posted in Bell's Brewing, Don't Miss This, Seasonal Return

Bell’s Hopslam 2016 cans officially ship

Bell's Hopslam cans brewery

When Bell’s Hopslam has starting shipping for the first time in 2016. This year, you will only find it in 12 ounce cans, 1.32 gallon mini kegs and draft.  The brewery won’t be bottling it this year.

Laura Bell, president of Bell’s Brewery in Comstock, Michigan cites construction as the biggest reason you won’t find bottles of the hoppy offering in the upcoming seasonal release. The bottling hall will be too busy, so the canning line has been “tapped” to assist.

Bell’s Hopslam is an imperial IPA brewed with Michigan honey. The beer easily ranks among one of the brewery’s most popular offerings.

Bottled aren’t banished forever for Bell’s Hopslam. Future packaging plans will be announced sometime next year after the release, and construction are completed.

Style: Imperial IPA (w/ Honey)
Availability: 12oz Cans, 1.32 Gallon Mini Kegs, & Draft.
Return: Mid-January, 2016

10% ABV

Images via Bell’s Brewery.

Bell's Hopslam Mini Kegs

Posted in Seasonal Return, Three Taverns Brewery

Three Taverns Theophan the Recluse Returns, tweaked recipe

Three Taverns Theophan the Recluse

Three Taverns Theophan the Recluse is shipping again in January, 2016. The beer kicked off the brewery’s 750ml series last year. Recluse is brewed with a mix of eight specialty dark malts, Muscovado sugar, and a Belgian yeast strain.

2016’s recipe has been slightly adjusted from past brews. Three Taverns has dialed down the lighter adjunct sugars and dialing up the heavier and darker malt sugars for a more viscous version of the imperial stout. This translates (as they put it): dialing down the Belgian aspects, and dialing up the Russian aspects. Sorry Belgians.

Theophan the Recluse was a Russian monk known for the spiritual depth and complexity of his writings. We consider him a perfect namesake for this rich, complex imperial stout, brewed with eight specialty malts, dark Muscovado sugar and a Belgian yeast strain. Deep, mysterious, full-bodied and indefinably exotic, Theophan the Recluse is meant to transport drinkers to a place of deep contemplation, mystical insight and inspired conversation.

Three Taverns Theophan the Recluse has been a home run for the brewery, ever since the beer debut a few years ago. Available in 750 milliliter bottles and draft. A bourbon barrel-aged edition has been available in the past as well (aka Departed Spirit).

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Muscovado Sugar)
Availability: Draft, 750 ml Bottles. Winter Seasonal

9% ABV

Posted in Allagash Brewing, Don't Miss This, Seasonal Return

Allagash Evora makes a return this weekend

Allagash Evora

Allagash Evora makes a return to the Allagash lineup on January 9th. The beer has been barrel-aging for the past year.

Allagash Evora starts as a Belgian strong dark ale, aged in stainless steel. It then spends the next year again in Portuguese brandy barrels with Brettanomyces yeast.

Evora is a golden hued ale with aromas of tropical fruit, honey, and spice. Citrus, oak, and earthiness dominate the flavor and give way to hints of bread crust. Malty and robust, this medium bodied beer finishes fruity, dry, and slightly tart.

Allagash Evora is a 12.7 ounce offering. Returning to the tap room on Saturday. Distribution to follow shortly after.

Style: American Wild Ale (Barrel Aged. Brandy.)
Hops: Sorachi Ace, Hallertau, Northern Brewer
Malts: Flaked Oats, Marris Otter

Availability: 12.7 oz Bottles
Release: 1/9/16

9% ABV

Image via Allagash Brewing Company 

Posted in Seasonal Return, Two Roads Brewing

Two Road’s Igor’s Dream, brewery only release

Two Road's Igor's Dream

Two Road’s Igor’s Dream will be available at the brewery on January 30th. The beer was first brewed in 2012.

Two Road’s Igor’s Dream is a Russian imperial stout, crafted to honor aviation legend Igor Sikorsky. (The Sikorsky Aircraft Company is still making helicopters in the brewery’s hometown of Stratford, Connecticut.) This “Dream” is aged in rye whiskey barrels.

2016 marks the 4th release of Two Road’s Igor’s Dream. 900 bottles of the stout will be sold for $20 dollars each.

Additionally, Igor’s Dream aged in a Maple Whiskey barrel from Saxton River Distillery in Vermont and Igor’s Dream aged in a Scotch barrel will be available. $25 dollars each, 250 bottles.

Style: Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged. Rye Whiskey)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Corked & Caged. 900 Available
Release: 1/30/16

10.9% ABV

Posted in Burial Beer Co, Seasonal Return

Burial Skillet Donut Stout Cans Return

Burial Skillet Donut Stout Can

Burial Skillet Donut Stout returns again January 5th, for a limited time in 16oz cans in Asheville, North Carolina.

Burial Skillet Donut Stout is an oatmeal stout and is brewed with molasses, milk sugar, and a 50/50 blend of Big Trouble and Hologram Counter Culture Coffee.

Cold black iron. Never decaying, it is held to the fire to unearth impeccable flavor from whatever it holds. Never biased, it welcomes all ingredients. The Skillet is our most trusted and daring tool of culinary ingenuity. It is the perfect barrier-carrier fro this rich, black ale. This breakfast stout is made from a blend of nine barley malts, a healthy scoop of oats, milk and molasses sugars, and our favorite blend of freshly roasted Counter Culture Coffee beans. Welcome the day with rich cocoa, smooth caramel, dark fruits, and an abundance of diverse coffee aroma unlike no other. Drink your breakfast.

Burial Skillet Donut Stout cans are intermittently available in 16 ounce cans and draft throughout the year.

Style: Imperial Stout/Oatmeal Stout (w/ CoffeeLactoseMolasses Sugar)
Malt: 6-Row
Hops: Nugget
Availability: 16oz Cans
Latest Return: 1/5/16

8% ABV, IBU: 60

Posted in Don't Miss This, Foothills Brewing, Seasonal Return

Foothills Sexual Chocolate returns in late January

Foothills Sexual Chocolate Hi Rez

Foothills Sexual Chocolate, the Winston-Salem, North Carolina based brewery’s imperial stout, returns January 30th, 2016.

The famed imperial stout has been brewed since 2007 and contains organic Peruvian cocoa nibs.

A cocoa infused Imperial Stout. Opaque black in color with a dark brown head. Big chocolate aroma with notes of espresso, blackstrap molasses, dark sweet toffee and dark fruit. Smooth dark chocolate backbone with complex notes of coffee, dark toffee and dark fruit.

Foothills Sexual Chocolate will be available in 22 ounce bottles and draft. There will be some limited distribution.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Chocolate)
Availability: 22oz bottles, Draft
Latest Return: 1/30/16

9.75% ABV, 85 IBUs 

Posted in Green Man Brewing, Seasonal Return

Green Man The Dweller available in 4 packs in January

Green Man The Dweller

Green Man The Dweller Imperial Stout will be available in 4-packs starting in January.

One of the Asheville, North Carolina brewery’s most highly rated offerings, this imperial stout attempts to set the bar for the style.

Robust and warming, this 10% monster of a beer has deep notes of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and burnt toffee.  The thick and viscous body suits sipping beside a fire on a wintery day.

Green Man The Dweller will debut on January 22, 2016. Those at the brewery on New Year’s Eve can try a sneak peek of the upcoming release.

Style: Imperial Stout
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Seasonal
Return: 1/22/16

10% ABV