Terrapin Beer Company (Athens, GA) is shipping another round of their imperial IPA, Hopzilla.
2014 marks the fourth appearance of Hopzilla, making it’s debut as a Side Project #12. Each year, this beer hasn’t stayed on the shelves very long.
This big double IPA has gotten a lot of attention over the last two years, but not only because this beer really is a hop lover’s dream come true.
Terrapin Hopzilla is part of the brewery’s Monster Beer Tour 4 pack releases.
Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Bravo, Chinook, Centennial, Citra (dry hop)
Malts: Maris Otter
Availability: 12oz Bottles/Draft. Early Spring Seasonal
10.3% ABV, 110 IBUs
Below, the original label for Terrapin Hopzilla
If I’m calculating correctly, 2014 marks the forth year for this Heavy Seas Brewing’s seasonal. Black Cannon is back on shelves once again, bridging a black, hoppy gap leading up to the coming RipTide.
The beer uses a lot of dark malts (obviously) and a full cannon of hops like the year round predecessor Loose Cannon.
Our brewers modeled this black IPA after Loose Cannon, with a slight change: it’s almost as if they burnt the brew. Deep-dark ruby, Black Cannon has a roasted character from Blackprinz and Roasted Barley malts, but a heaping portion of hops—in the kettle, hopback, and fermenter—impart flavor and aroma. Floral and pine notes show up in the nose. The mouthfeel is very smooth.
Heavy Seas Black Cannon is available no through March.
Style: Black IPA
Hops: Warrior, Simcoe, Palisade, Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo
Malts: 2-Row, Munich, Caramalt, Blackprinz, Roasted Barley
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Jan-March, Seasonal
Barley wines are traditionally hefty brews, but ours is downright excessive. The huge maltiness of this beer is only tamed by an equally prodigious addition of hops, creating a rich, slightly sweet, caramel-hued ale infused with assertive bitterness and bright hop notes, all culminating in a pleasing dryness. While it will evolve into an even more glorious brew with age, this beer’s delicious onslaught of flavors will seriously challenge your ability to wait any longer to drink it.
Stone Old Guardian Barleywine is available in 22oz bombers and draft seasonally, for a limited time.
Availability: 22oz Bombers, Draft.
Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, KS, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, and WA
11.6% ABV, 80 IBUs
One of the most sought after beers in the world, Russian River Pliny the Younger has arrived once again. One of the hardest to find imperial IPA is flowing today in Santa Rosa, California.
Russian River calls it a “triple” ipa, basically for the motherlode of hops and big ABV that goes along with each glass. Younger is only available on draft (typically in 10oz pours) and never available for growler fills, and never bottled. 2014 marks the 10th year for this brew.
…The hops used in this year’s recipe are of excellent quality from the 2013 harvest: Simcoe, Warrior, Chinook, Centennial, Amarillo, and Tomahawk. We brewed Younger for the first time 10 years ago as a winter seasonal, building upon the Pliny the Elder recipe while pushing the envelope with malt, hops, and alcohol just to see how far we could go!
Extremely limited distribution of Pliny the Younger begins the week of February 10th in Sonoma County and the Bay Area. Distributors in San Jose, Sacramento, Oregon, Colorado, and Philadelphia will receive their kegs sometime in February.
Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: Draft only
Arrivals: 2/7- 2/20 (at Russian River). Everywhere else, TBA
Jailhouse Brewing (Hampton, GA) has released another round of Conjugal Visit, a red ale.
When the brewery originally released Conjugal Visit, they wanted a lower abv beer with a complex hop & malt characteristic. (Flavorful, without being boozy.) However, with the weighing demand of the year round beers, especially Slammer Wheat in the summer, Conjugal Visit had to be shifted to the winter. It’s cold in the Jailhouse (just as it is pretty much everywhere) so the brewing team bumped up the ABV to 8%.
Personally, the little extra heat is really what this beer needed. Available in Georgia for a limited time on draft and 22oz bombers.
A Beer Street Journal Video is coming soon on this returning ginger….
Style: Red Ale
Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft.
Arrival: February, 2014 (First release, 2011)
Mother Earth Brewing (Kinston, NC) is re-releasing Raspberry from the Windowpanes Series. Each of the four beers in the series features North Carolina grown fruit, aged in various barrels. Raspberry is the fourth release in the series. Mother Earth took a wheat beer and aged in both chardonnay and pinot noir barrels with of course – raspberries.
Uncork a bottle of Raspberry Window Pane and savor the fresh flavors of North Carolina. Fourth in a series of four North Carolina inspired beers, Raspberry Window Pane is a double American Wheat beer fermented with vast quantities of this treasured North Carolina fruit, then aged in pinot noir and chardonnay barrels for three months. Anticipate a prevailing aroma of berry, blended with spice, vanilla and oak: and a dominate berry flavor joined by a slight oak character and sourness.
If you go:
Mother Earth Brewing, Kinston NC
Saturday February 8th, 2014 with tastings
The Lost Abbey (San Marcos, CA) will release a new round of Carnevale on February 22nd, 2014. The saison ale is brewed in celebration of Lent and Easter.
….Carnevale is light bodied Saison, using Brettanomyces along with Amirillo and Simcoe hops to generate flavor and depth. Carnevale’s complexity grows with time. The citrus notes tend to wane and the wild yeast rears its wonderfully tasting head.
In true Lost Abbey fashion, the brewery will host a masked ball on release day. Admission is free if you wear a mask.
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Corked & Caged. Spring seasonal.
Seasonal Return: February 22, 2014