Half Acre Big Hugs Imperial Stout 2014 is ready. By our estimates, this is the sixth release of this coffee stout. The coffee, just like the brewing itself its local to Chicago, from Dark Matter Coffee.
Big Hugs is a dim kitten with aimless love in his heart and a ferocious will to live. Over the years he’s faced dinosaurs, rainbows, winter wonderland, a robotic plagiarism of himself, and more – but none a foe as elusive and mysterious as death itself. This story has the ultimate force taking the living and laying them down. Big Hugs has grappled with natural order and twisted the pillars of existence. While you hang in the balance, steal time to sit steady and spill this black rumble into your center. Big Hugs Imperial Stout is liquid char scraped from the bowels of eternity, soaked with the free spirit of an adolescent feline. Heed him and rejoice.
Look for bombers and growlers to be released on December 14th, starting at 11 am. Dark Matter coffee will at the brewery too, slinging the world’s OTHER most popular beverage.
- 22 ounce bottle $10.98 (limit 8 per person per day)
- 32 ounce howler refill $10.98 (limit 2 per person per day)
- 64 ounce growler refill $20.14 (limit 1 per person per day)
- 16 ounce draft pour $7
21st Amendment Fireside Chat is back on shelves. The base beer is a winter warmer/ strong ale, brewed with spices that change for each release.
As in past years, the duo’s goal was to create a beer reminiscent of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inspiring evening broadcasts during the Great Depression, aptly named “Fireside chats.” Freccia explains, “FDR’s depression-era radio addresses were like a kick in the butt and a hug at the same time. In the same vein, Fireside Chat is a bold balance of flavors with a punch, quickly followed by a smooth finish.”
21st Amendment intends Fireside Chat to a nice compliment to seasonal foods, and of course, on it’s own.
Style: Winter Warmer (w/ Spices)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Seasonal release.
Distribution: CA, OR, WA, AK, ID, MN, OH,MA, NY, NJ, DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, GA, ME, RI, NV and NC
7.9% ABV, 49 IBUs32
Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, FL) popular Russian imperial stout Marshal Zhukov hits the tap room at 5 pm today. 2 bottle limit for regular folk, and 3 bottle limit for military and vets. (AKA, heroes.)
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.
Style: Imperial Stout
Availability: 22oz Bombers, Draft. Limited release.
Image via Cigar City Brewing
America is about to get it’s first big arctic blast of the
winter fall, and ahead of it, is New Belgium Frambozen.
Frambozen is a brown ale, featuring the juice of fresh picked raspberries added to fermentation.
Every year, New Belgium sends a delegate to the Pacific Northwest to oversee the process of turning freshly picked berries into a pure juice to be added in fermentation. The coming of Thanksgiving at New Belgium is ushered in with the first sighting of our cellar operators scuttling about, covered head to tow in a festive crimson berry wash.
New Belgium Frambozen is available in 12oz bottles and draft for a limited time. Editors note: Fantastic with turkey…
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Late fall seasonal.
6.5% ABV, 16 IBUs
Image via New Belgium
Burnside Brewing (Portland, OR) Permafrost Winter Ale makes its seasonal return today.
It’s a Northwest ale brewed with 7 different malts and copious amounts of hops designed to give this warming brew a complex body and unique fruity juicy hoppiness throughout. You won’t want to just sip this beer but you should.
Burnside Permafrost Winter Ale is available in 22oz bombers and draft.
Style: American Strong Ale
Hops: Amarillo and Meridian, Galena hops for bittering
Malts: Melanoidin, Crystal 120L, Carafa 2, Honey Malt, Pale Malt, Crystal 30-7 & Vienna Malt
Availability: 22oz Bombers, Draft
Two Roads Holiday Ale makes it’s return November 5th, 2014.
Holiday Ale is based on the biere de noel style, a spin off of the biere de garde style. In France, small farmhouse breweries make biere de noel in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Those ales are maltier, and richer than the biere de garde counterparts.
Two Road Holiday Ale hits the tasting room starting on Wednesday November 5th, alongside Route of All Evil.
Style: Biere de Garde
Two Roads (Stratford, CT) Route of All Evil is back for another winter, this time with new artwork. The beer is a porter meets black iPA.
…Brewmaster Phil Markowski wanted to play with using all three to create a unique beer that’s truly on the Route of All Evil. Hopped using Pacific Northwest hops and chock full of dark roasted malts- the result is truly taking a road less shoveled.
Two Roads Route of All Evil is available seasonally in 12oz bottles and draft.
Style: American Black Ale
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Winter seasonal.