Seasonal Return

Posted in Creature Comforts, Seasonal Return

Creature Comforts Duende sells out over the weekend

Creature Comforts Duende 16oz

Creature Comforts Duende returned to the brewery’s taproom again Friday, September 13th in new 16-ounce cans. Then promptly sold out.

This release Tap Room Series release is an imperial India pale ale, brewed with Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops. The end result is an IPA that is big on fruity notes. This first time this beer was found was on last year’s Election Day.

… There’s a consistent fruit flesh flavor to the beer that adds a wonderful complexity to the bright citrus notes as the overtones dance around the fleshy notes, supporting without ever getting in the way….

Creature Comforts Duende is a 16-ounce can and draft offering. Athens and Atlanta, Georgia will see limited distribution.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra

Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Limited Release.
Debut: 11/8/16
Latest Return: 9/15/17

8% ABV

Duende – A quality of passion or inspiration. 

Posted in Seasonal Return, The Unknown Brewing Co.

Unknown Vehopciraptor. Big hops. Little arms. No bottles.

Unknown Vehopciraptor Glass

Unknown Vehopciraptor Double IPA returns to the North Carolina-based brewery’s lineup for the forth time on September 15th. In 2017, you won’t find this animal in bottles.

Unknown Vehopciraptor features highly aromatic scents due to the seven different hops and nine additional ingredients used to brew this prehistoric beast.

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The Vehopciraptor was a terrifying beast that roamed free millions of years ago, wreaking havoc on local natives and their taste buds. It would use it’s large claws and aromatic bite to strike swiftly. We’ve attempted to capture the spirit of this beast. With 7 hop varieties and 9 additions, this double IPA packs a serious bite.

Unknown Vehopciraptor is available only on tap in 2017. The first pour can be found at the brewery in Charlotte on September 15th.

Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: Draft only
Latest Return 9/15/17

9.9% ABV

Posted in Heavy Seas, Seasonal Return

October: Heavy Seas Winter Storm

Heavy Seas Winter Storm is ready to ship. Winter Storm is touted as founder Hugh Sisson’s favorite beer in their catalogue.

It’s an ESB that nears the 8% mark. The mix of malts and hops mix well at a fall transitional beer or a winter brew. Your choice. Incidentally, Winter Storm is the favorite beer of founder Hugh Sisson.

Available in 12oz bottles and draft through December 2017.

Style: ESB
Hops: Warrior, UK Goldings, UK Fuggles, Cascade, Centennial
Malts: 2-Row, Crystal, Caramalt, Chocolate Malt
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft. Oct-Dec.
Latest Return: October 2017

7.5% ABV

Heavy Seas Founder on Cans, Brewery Expansion, & More from BeerStreetJournal.com on Vimeo.

Posted in Good People Brewing, Seasonal Return

A spicy fall seasonal returns: Good People Mumbai Rye

Good People Mumbai Rye Can

Good People Mumbai Rye returns to cans for a second time, headlining the brewery’s fall release calendar.

This fall India pale ale features Columbus and Mt. Hood hops balanced by a peppery touch of rye malt.

This hop-forward Rye IPA puts rustic, earthy flavors on full display. Uniquely flavorful and easy-to-drink, they call it good karma in a can.

Good People Mumbai Rye is available in 12-ounce cans and draft once again on September 11th.

Style: Rye Beer / IPA
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Distribution: AL, TN, Florida Panhandle
Latest Return: September 2017

7.4% ABV

Image: Beer Street Journal. Ed note. We just drank a lot of Mumbai Rye while playing Oregon Trail. We all got dysentery. Again. 

Posted in Jester King Brewery, Seasonal Return

Jester King La Vie en Rose shares fruit one of the brewery’s most famous releases

Jester King La Vie En Rose

Jester King La Vie en Rose is back in action on Friday, September 1st. The farmhouse ale is fermented in stainless steel with raspberries. Those berries have a story though. Keep reading.

When these berries hit the beer, it’s not the first time they’ve touched a Jester King beer. “Rose” uses the spent raspberries from one of the brewery’s most popular releases – 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.

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 Jester King La Vie in Rose was pumped into tanks that still contained raspberries and a little bit of fermented Atrical Rubicite. The brewery 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 the finished beer. The final flavors end of being very different.

For past releases, 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 did the work.

Jester King La Vie en Rose will be available at the brewery on Friday, September 1st.

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

Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft.
Latest Return: 9/1/17

5.8% 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 Seasonal Return, The Veil Brewing

Intensely hopped: The Veil Brewing Casual Drinks

The Veil Brewing Casual Drinks

The Veil Brewing Casual Drinks returns to the Richmond, Virginia based brewery’s lineup on August 29th.

This imperial India pale ale is hopped “intensely” with Citra and El Dorado.

Soft, virtually no bitterness, and a nice one to enjoy with friends.

The Veil Brewing Casual Drinks is available in 16-ounce cans when the brewery opens on August 29th.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Citra, El Dorado

Availability: 16oz Cans
Latest Return: 8/29/17

8.5% ABV

Image: The Veil Brewing

Posted in NoDa Brewing, Seasonal Return

NoDa Gordgeous Pumpkin Ale cans kick off September

NoDa Gordgeous Pumpkin Ale returns to cans on September 1st. The pumpkin ale is brewed with 100+ pounds of organic sugar and caramelized brown sugar, freshly cracked spices, and 42 pounds of pumpkin.

The recipe started as head brewer Chad Henderson’s homebrew recipe years ago. (At one point he told Beer Street Journal a giant pumpkin was involved in the process.) NoDa Gordgeous has been a fall offering each year since debuting in 2013.

NoDa Gordgeous will be available again in 16-ounce cans (4 packs) and draft again on September 1st, 2017.

Style: Pumpkin Beer (w/ Brown Sugar, Cardamom, Cloves, Ginger Root, Allspice)
Availability: 16oz Cans (New), Draft
Latest Return: 9/1/17

6.4% ABV, 29 IBUs