Seasonal Return

Posted in Duclaw Brewing, Seasonal Return

Duclaw Mad Bishop Returns July 30th

Duclaw Mad Bishop

Duclaw Brewing’s Mad Bishop Oktoberfest returns on July 30th, 2014. Bishop is the brewery’s light bodied fester, celebrating the coming of fall.

Mad Bishop, one of our most popular seasonal brews, has been haunting the congregation with its distinct copper color, rich toasted malt flavor and aroma, and 5.8% abv since it was first brewed in 1996. This true German-style Oktoberfest combines complex aromas and flavors of sweet and toasted malt, a smooth mouthfeel created by an 8 week lagering process, and a clean, crisp finish for a sermon that’s easy to swallow.

Duclaw Mad Bishop will be available starting July 30th at the brewery’s various locations.

Style: Oktoberfest
Hops: Hallertau, Tettnang
Malts: Vienna Malt, Munich Malt, Caramunich Malt, Melanoidin Malt

5.8% ABV, 30 IBUs

Posted in Don't Miss This, Seasonal Return, Southern Tier Brewing

Southern Tier Pumking Is On Shelves Now Too

Southern Tier Pumking

If you were to ask me what one of the biggest anomalies/confusions to consumers in craft beer is, I’d say it would be pumpkin beers showing up in July. It makes perfect sense that people are a little confused too. It’s 90-100 degrees outside. You’re sunburned from the pool, football preseason is more than a month away. It’s grill weather not fall.

However, that doesn’t stop these beers (which typically are really popular) from hitting shelves.  Some of the most popular in the category -Terrapin’s Pumpkinfest, Weyerbacher’s Imperial Pumpkin Ale, and now Southern Tier’s Pumking are now available.

Most of these beers are big, 8% and higher so they will definitely keep until it feels right. Either way, just like the last three Julys – these big beers are here.

Style: Pumpkin Beer 
 Sterling, Magnum
Malts: 2 Row Pale, Caramel,

Availability: 22oz Bombers.  Draft.

9% ABV

Posted in Seasonal Return, Weyerbacher

Weyerbacher Pumpkin Arrives This Week

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale will hit the brewery’s visitor center on July 17th, 2014. You should see it on shelves shortly after.

The brewery states that since demand is so high, the brewery has not only had to increase production, but move it up in production schedule.

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin joins Terrapin’s Pumpkinfest, and Southern Tier’s Pumking on shelves halfway through the summer. (Don’t be surprised at this point, this is the third year in a row.)

Style: Pumpkin Beer
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft. July- November, Seasonal.

8% ABV


Posted in Allagash Brewing, Seasonal Return

Allagash Coolship Cerise Returns

Allagash Coolship Cerise

At 10 AM today (July 14th), Allagash Brewing (Portland, ME) releases bottles of Coolship Cerise.

The fruit lambic is brewed with Montmorency and Balaton cherries, and aged in oak barrels. There is two bottle limit on this release, brewery store offering only.

Style: Lambic (w/ Cherries)
Availability: 375 mL bottles

8.1% ABV 

Posted in Seasonal Return, Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Pumpkinfest Already Bottled

Terrapin Pumpkinfest 2014

With July 4th weekend barely in the rear view mirror, fall is already on the way from craft breweries. Terrapin Beer Company’s (Athens, GA) Pumpkinfest 2014 has already been bottled.

Fest is a fusion of an oktoberfest meets pumpkin beer.A whirlpool of spices are used to create Pumpkinfest, including ginger, allspice, and ground clove. . The finishing touch is the 1 lb of pumpkin used per 31 gallons of this brew.

Style: Pumpkin Beer (w/ Ginger, Allspice, Clove, Pumpkin)
Hops: Vanguard, Hallertau, Hersbrucker
Malts: Munich, Vienna, Munich II, Caramunich II, Melanoidin

Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft. Fall Seasonal

6.1% ABV, 23 IBUs

pic via Terrapin

Posted in Port Brewing Company, Seasonal Return

Port Brewing’s Bourbon Barrel Santa, Now Smaller

Port Brewing Bourbon Santa's Little Helper 12.7oz

Port Brewing/Lost Abbey (San Marcos, CA) will release Bourbon Barrel Aged Santa’s Little Helper again on July 19th, 2014.

This year, the boozy beer will arrive in 12.7oz bottles. A good move too, as the beer is aggressive and the smaller format makes it more manageable. Plus, small bottles allow for wider distribution.

A robust beer with tones of sweet malt, dark cocoa and notes of deep bourbon, Santa’s Little Helper is the perfect accompaniment to fruitcake during a California Christmas in July.

If you are near the brewery on July 19th, there will be two release event sessions,  11am – 3pm and 4pm to 8pm. See their website for more details.

Style: Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged. Bourbon)
Availability: 12.7oz bottles.
Release: 7/19/14



Posted in Revolution Brewing, Seasonal Return

Revolution Mother of Exiles, Today

Revolution Mother of Exiles

Revolution Brewing (Chicago, IL) releases Mother Of Exiles Pilsner today at the pub.

A German-style pilsner that gets its name from the Emma Lazarus poem, “The New Colossus,” where she describes her personal interpretation of the Statue of Liberty as the “Mother of Exiles.” This beer has a spicy, slightly grassy flavor that kicks in mid-palate and continues on to a crisp, bitter finish. Being a lager-style beer, we gave it an extended cold aging period, which adds to its clean drinkability. 

Revolution Mother Of Exiles is available in 22oz bombers, and draft.

Style: Pilsner
Availability: 22oz Bombers, Draft. Seasonal.

5.2% ABV, 30 IBUs