Half Acre Beer Company (Chicago, IL) will release Vallejo IPA on Friday, a hoppy beer with the beach in mind. The beer draws its name from talented artist, Boris Vallejo.
An uncontested brewery favorite, Vallejo is soaking wet with beach driven pine and citrus, finishing as bitter and persistent as the sand in your shorts. Regardless of how you choose to consume it, this beer’s sole intent is to thrash its way into your good times.
Half Acre Vallejo IPA is available in 22oz bottles, and draft/growler fills.
Availability: 22oz Bombers, Draft
More: Boris Vallejo Gallery
Half Acre Brewing (Chicago, IL) and Mikkeller (Um, everywhere) collaborated on Guest Lager once before. The collab is touted as an “ode to all things nonsensical.” This hoppy lager is available in both draft and 16oz cans.
At 8% ABV, clean, Pilsner and Vienna malts, support a lager masquerading with the hop kids. Falconer’s Flight and Nelson Sauvin serve up a dank, orange blossom mouth fantasy that’ll hide your shoes under the bed and ask you to stay awhile.
Grab this special offering in the tap room starting today.
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft
Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, MD) has released Riptide White IPA for a second time.
Riptide has it has the malt body of witbier, but hopped like an IPA. Most breweries have been releasing the white IPAs in the winter. Heavy Seas thinks they are a great spring transition.
Heavy Seas filled the the hopback (a piece of brewery equipment used to hop your beer) with orange peel, and coriander alongside the hops to add a bright citrus flavor to each sip.
Heavy Seas Riptide IPA is available in 12oz bottles, and draft.
Food Pairings: Grilled Fish, Panko Crusted Seafood, Tropical Fruit
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft. April-June
It may not feel like it, but warmer weather is close. It has to be right?
Bell’s Brewery has released Oberon again for 2014 this week. Oberon signals the hope of warmer weather, porch drinking, and baseball tailgating.
“With a winter like this one, people are definitely ready to say goodbye to gloves and scarves. Raising that first Oberon is a tradition, something we all look forward to,” said Laura Bell, Bell’s Vice President.
Bell’s Oberon is one of the brewery’s most popular beers, a wheat ale with Bell’s house yeast. Oberon Release Day was so popular last year, that a pint was poured every 15 seconds for 15 hours.
Bell’s Oberon 2014 is available in 12oz bottles, 16oz cans (Late April), mini kegs, and of course – draft.
Style: American Wheat Ale
Availability: 12oz Bottles, 16oz Cans, Mini Kegs, Draft. Summer seasonal
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Straight off the line Shmaltz Brewing’s new facility in Clifton Park, New York is Funky Jewbelation.
Funky Jewbelation is a blend of seven different barrel aged beers. This American strong ale breaks down like this:
Jewbelation 15 (aged 18 months)
Messiah Nut Brown Ale (aged 3 months)
Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. (aged 12 months)
Reunion (aged 6 months)
Origin (aged 6 months)
Rejewvenator (aged 6 months)
Death of a Contract Brewer (Aged 4 months)
“Funky has been aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon and Sazarac and Willett Rye whiskey barrels. It’s a monumental blend of our favorite ales that we’ve lovingly nurtured for the past couple years. Since some of the beers were contract brewed and some brewed at our new brewery in Clifton Park, this Funky offering bridges our old life with our new. Funky Jewbelation 2014 glistens a deep ruby color with a big, tart, sour cherry flavor and a malty earth aroma. A lovely puckering is complemented by subtle hints of bourbon, charred wood, molasses and light notes of vanilla.”
Shmaltz Brewing Funky Jewbelation in all of Shmaltz markets in 22oz bottles and limited draft.
pic via @redstoneliquors
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