Seasonal Return

Posted in Jester King Brewery, Seasonal Return

Jester King Ambree Returns, Recipe Scaled Back

Jester King Ambree

Jester King Ambree Farmhouse Amber Ale, Batch 3 is returning once again, a bit different from the original release.

Earlier batches of Jester King Ambree used as many as eight malts, and a special decoction mash (taking part of the wort out, boiling it in the kettle and adding it back to the mash). For Batch 3, the recipe has been simplified using three malts, then fermented with the brewery’s mixed culture of yeast and bacteria.

The alcohol by volume is lower to, down to 4.5% from the 7% range.

Our initial inspiration for Ambrée came from some of our favorite farmhouse ales from French Flanders, notably the beers brewed by Brasserie Thiriez in Esquelbecq, France. But for the third batch, we looked much closer to home for inspiration: Live Oak Brewing Company in Austin.

Jester King Ambree is available in 750 milliliter bottles the brewery’s tasting room, and though out Texas.

Style: Farmhouse Ale
Availability: 750ml bottles, Draft
Release: Late August, 2015

4.5% ABV

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Posted in Crooked Stave, Don't Miss This, Seasonal Return

Crooked Stave Petite Sour Pure Guava Rounds Out Petite Series

Crooked Stave Petite Sour Pure Guava

Crooked Stave Petite Sour Pure Guava returns to the brewery’s lineup on August 19th. The release will wrap up with brewery’s Petite Sour Series.

Crooked Stave Petite Sour Pure Guava first debuted in 750 milliliter bottles in May of 2011, and was the first commercially available beer from the brewery. For this edition, Crooked Stave used the house mixed culture to do the entire fermentation.

“The original Pure Guava was a funky beer which has shaped the face of brewing for many brewers across the US,” said Chad Yakobson, Crooked Stave Owner / Head Brewer. “We decided to revisit this beer, using our current Petite Sour recipe, but instead of adding lacto to the wort pre-yeast, we used our house sour mixed culture to do 100% of the fermentation. The result is a much more complex Petite Sour with strong notes of tropical fruit and a pleasing tartness.”

Crooked Stave Petite Sour Pure Guava will be avaiable in 375 milliliter bottles.

Style: American Wild/Sour Ale (w/ Guava. Oak Aged)
Availability: 2
Release: 8/19/15

?? ABV

Posted in Cigar City Brewing, Don't Miss This, Seasonal Return

Cigar City Marshal Zhukov’s Returns August 1st


Cigar City Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout returns August 1st, 2015 at 9 am. For this release, there is a 4 bottle limit, and El Catador Club discounts do indeed apply.

This Russian Imperial Stout is dedicated to Georgy Zhukov, arguably one of the finest generals of World War II. Opaque black in color, with notes of espresso, chocolate, dark toffee and hints of blackstrap molasses. The English hop varietals provide a subtle herbal dryness, and finishes with a hearty slap of roasty espresso. Pair Marshal Zhukov’s with Mushroom Solyanka, dark chocolate, cherries and ground wars in Russia.

Cigar City Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout is available in 22oz bottles. $15.00 each, cash only. There will be distribution in Florida only.

Style: Imperial Stout
Availability: 22oz Bombers, Draft. Limited release.
Return: 8/1/15

11% ABV

Bookmark this post for updated news and releases regarding Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout.

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Posted in Almanac Beer Co., Seasonal Return

Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Citrus Returns (New Recipe)

Almanac Farm to Barrel Citrus

Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Citrus has made a return to shelves. The sour ale’s recipe has been tweaked for its 2015 summer release.

The base beer is a sour blonde ale aged in wine barrels, nuanced by Buddha’s Hand citrons, plus yuzu and blood oranges from San Francisco’s Hamada Farms.

Hand-chopped and zested fruit was added to the beer, which has been allowed to barrel age since the winter citrus harvest, creating a refreshing sour ale that highlights the natural tartness of fresh citrus.

Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Citrus is available in 375 milliliter bottles.

Style: American Wild/Sour Ale (w/ Buddha’s Hand, Yuzu Fruit, Blood Orange. Wine Barrel Aged.)
Availability: 375ml Bottles
Return: July, 2015

7% ABV

Posted in Green Man Brewing, Seasonal Return

Green Man Rainmaker Double IPA Returns July 24th

Green Man Rainmaker Double IPA

Green Man Rainmaker Double IPA returns to the brewery’s lineup on July 24th. The imperial IPA is one of the Asheville, North Carolina brewery’s most sought after offerings.

Green Man Rainmaker is dry-hopped three times with Citra, Simcoe, and Columbus hops. Drink this fresh.

It is well known that there is nothing better than a fresh Rainmaker bursting with a resinous pine and citrus nose, and demand has been off the hook since its last release. It is dry-hopped not one, not two, but three times with Citra, Simcoe and Columbus hops, which boasts unprecedented flavor and aroma.

Green Man Rainmaker Double IPA is averrable in 750ml bottles in the tap room on July 24th, and limited distribution shortly after.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Citra, SImcoe, Columbus

Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft.
Return: 7/24/15

Image: Green Man Brewery

Posted in Seasonal Return, Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Rye Cubed Back in Monster Beer Tour Lineup

Terrapin Rye Cubed 2015

Terrapin Rye-Cubed, the bigger, badder, and boozier version of the brewery’s Rye Squared, is back on the Monster Beer Tour again.

This initial idea was to square the Rye Squared ingredients, that was until they thought about the math. Brewmaster and co-founder “Spike” tells Beer Street Journal:

We were trying to figure out how to cube the ingredients. Basically, we are doubling everything going into Rye Squared. It is big. Very big.

At 10.3% ABV, big is an understatement. Terrapin Rye Cubed will be “destroying palates from Athens to Tokyo” again in July, 2015. Available in 12oz bottles and draft for a limited time.

Style: American Strong Ale (w/ Rye)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft
Return: July, 2015

10.3% ABV

Read more: Terrapin Beer Company News 

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Posted in New Belgium, Seasonal Return

New Belgium Eric’s Ale Returns to Lips of Faith Series

New Belgium Eric's Ale

New Belgium Eric’s Ale makes a return to the brewery’s Lips of Faith Series lineup this month.

New Belgium Eric’s Ale is a sour ale “spiked” with peaches, named for the brewery’s Eric Salazar. To create New Belgium Eric’s Ale, Salazar blended threads of Felix, a sour base beer, and a golden strong ale. (Plus peaches, of course.)

Eric’s Ale pours a hazy golden-orange with subtle fuzzy ripe peach and vanilla aromas. It’s both sweet and tart and finishes warm and crisp. Woody notes are drawn out from the oak foeders to round out this middle-of-the-road sour. 

New Belgium Eric’s Ale is now available in 22 ounce bottles and draft, across the brewery’s distribution network.

Style: American Wild/Sour Ale (w/ Peaches, Oak Aged.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Return: July, 2015

7% ABV, 16 IBUs