Seasonal Return

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It’s Bell’s Hopslam 2018 season begins today. Here’s the shipping schedule

Bell's Hopslam cans brewery

Bell’s Hopslam returns again for 2018 starting today. Below are all the details you’ll need to get your annual hoppy fix.

Starting in 2016, the Comstock, Michigan based brewery started shipping Hopslam in cans for the first time, and dropping Hopslam bottles from the lineup.

This year, the 1.32-gallon mini-kegs, aka the “hangover maker” will return after being cut from the release in 2016.

Bell’s Hopslam is an imperial IPA brewed with Michigan honey, easily ranking among one of the brewery’s most popular releases. The Double IPA will start shipping in waves beginning the week of January to their home state of Michigan first.  Here is the (tentative) schedule:

Michigan Counties, January 2: Lower Michigan (Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Clare, Clinton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lake, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Monroe, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oakland, Oceana, Osceola, Ottawa, St. Joseph, Shiawassee, Van Buren, Washtenaw and Wayne).

Week of Jan. 8: Remaining counties in Michigan (including the U.P.), Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Wisconsin and West Virginia

Week of Jan. 15: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Southern California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia

Bell’s Hopslam is a 12-ounce can, mini-keg, and draft limited release.

Style: Imperial IPA (w/ Honey)
Availability: 12oz Cans, 1.32 Gallon Mini-Keg, Draft.
Latest Return: Early January 2018

10% ABV

Images via Bell’s Brewery.

Posted in Burial Beer Co, Don't Miss This, Seasonal Return

Back for winter: Burial Skillet Donut Stout cans

Burial Skillet Donut Stout cans

Burial Skillet Donut Stout is making its winter appearance starting December 30th. 

Burial Skillet Donut Stout is an oatmeal stout and is brewed with molasses, milk sugar, and a 50/50 blend of Big Trouble and Hologram Counter Culture Coffee. This fan favorite is big on coffee with just a tiny hint of milk chocolate, finishing silky smooth. Breakfast beer? Dessert beer? That’s up to you. We turned it into a pool beer once it hit cans for a while (week).

Cold black iron. Never decaying, it is held to the fire to unearth impeccable flavor from whatever it holds. Never biased, it welcomes all ingredients. The Skillet is our most trusted and daring tool of culinary ingenuity. It is the perfect barrier-carrier for this rich, black ale. This breakfast stout is made from a blend of nine barley malts, a healthy scoop of oats, milk and molasses sugars, and our favorite blend of freshly roasted Counter Culture Coffee beans. Welcome the day with rich cocoa, smooth caramel, dark fruits, and an abundance of diverse coffee aroma unlike no other. Drink your breakfast.

Burial Skillet Donut Stout 16-ounce cans and draft will return to the taproom and North Carolina starting December 30th. A second batch will ship to out of state locations after the first of the year.

Style: Imperial Stout/Oatmeal Stout (w/ CoffeeLactoseMolasses Sugar)
Malt: 6-Row
Hops: Nugget
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Latest Return: 12/30/17

8% ABV, IBU: 60

Image: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Seasonal Return, Three Taverns Brewery

Three Taverns Helm’s Deep, “the monster” returns

Three Taverns Helm's Deep

Three Taverns Helm’s Deep returns to the Decatur, Georgia brewery’s lineup again on December 17th.

This imperial stout was initially a long time coming. Ahead of the original release in 2016, the crew at Three Taverns has been aging this monster in various bourbon barrels, looking for the perfect oaky compliment.

The 2016 edition found a perfect pairing in 8 year old Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. Helm’s Deep is their “thickest and chewiest beer to date” according to brewery founder Brian Purcell. (Note: we believe this year’s edition is also aged in 8 year barrels.)

Long hidden in the deep shadows of eight-year-old bourbon barrels, this full-bodied imperial stout emerges thick as the blackest night. An intestinal dark malt complexity with notes of chocolate and vanilla leads to a labyrinth of flavors saturated in vanilla and oak.

750 milliliter bottles of Three Taverns Helm’s Deep will be available starting at 3 pm at the brewery, and has not sold out by close on Sunday evening.

Style: Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft. Limited to 600 bottles.
Debut: 12/17/16
Latest Return: 12/17/17

13% ABV

Posted in Creature Comforts, Don't Miss This, Seasonal Return

Creature Comforts Koko Buni is coffee, meets chocolate (and returns this month)

Creature Comforts Koko Buni can

Creature Comforts Koko Buni, the brewery’s coveted milk porter, returns to cans this month. 

One of the first seasonals by the Athens, Georgia based brewery, Creature Comforts Koko Buni is a milk porter, aged on toasted coconut and cocoa nibs  Condor Chocolates and coffee from nearby 1000 Faces. This late fall seasonal has been overwhelmingly popular since its debut a few years ago. We’ve seen fistfights over Koko cans at retailers.

“We decided not to be traditional with the beer and add some ingredients that play well with the already roasty and chocolatey flavors of darker beers.” -Co-Founder and Head Brewer David Stein.

Coffee lovers will find a home here.  Koko Buni starts heavy on the 1000 Faces coffee, and turns chocolatey mid-sip, finishing with a wisp of coconut. (Perhaps a bit less coconut compared to past releases.)

Creature Comforts Koko Buni will be a seasonal draft and 12-ounce can offering.

Style: Milk Porter (w/ Cocoa Nibs, Coffee, Toasted Coconut, Lactose.)
Availability: Draft, 12oz Cans
Distribution: Athens & Atlanta, Georgia (Very Limited)
Latest Return: November 2016

6.8% ABV

Koko means coconut in Papiamento, a common language in parts of the Carribean, while Buni means coffee in Swahili, a common language in southeastern Africa. Image: Beer Street Journal 

Posted in Bell's Brewing, Seasonal Return

Check your shelves. Bell’s Roundhouse IRA ships (again)

Bell's Roundhouse IRA

Bell’s Roundhouse IRA is back in the brewery’s canned lineup for the second time.

The India Red Ale debuted on draft in Kalamazoo in 2009 and quickly became a fan favorite. So much so, that Bell’s Roundhouse IRA was released as a 12-ounce can offering for the first time in 2016. The beer features Michigan honey and copious amounts of late addition kettle hops and dry hopping.

Substantial amounts of late-kettle hop additions and dry hopping yield a wonderful blend aromas – everything from pineapple to peach and citrus. Hop intensity is kept in check with a balanced and judicious amount of toasted and caramel specialty malts.

Bell’s Roundhouse IRA is back in all of Bell’s markets for a limited time in November 2017.

Style: India Pale Ale (w/ Honey)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft
Debut (Cans): September 2016

Latest Return: November 2017

7.7% ABV

Posted in NoDa Brewing, Seasonal Return

Drink your Christmas tree in NoDa Hoppy Holidays

NoDa Hoppy Holidays Cans

NoDa Hoppy Holidays returns for a fourth time on Black Friday 2017.

A hoppy can of Christmas is how NoDa Hoppy Holidays is described by both the brewery and they’re loyal fans. This beer is not only brewed with six different hop varieties but is also loaded with spruce tips.

…Loaded with six scrumptious hop varieties complimented by citrus notes and brisk piney aroma, it’s the perfect beer for the most wonderful time of the year.

16-ounce cans of Hoppy Holidays will be available again in the top room on November 24th.

Style: IPA (w/ Spruce Tips)
Availability: 16oz cans. Limited release.
Return: Early December 2015

6.5% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Oskar Blues Brewing, Seasonal Return

Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy returns nationally in November

Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy

Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy will be available nationally again in November.

It takes nearly a year to make Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy. The 19.2-ounce cans were first seen in the brewery’s taprooms in fall of 2015. The demand was so high, Oskar Blues ramped up production and made it nationally available for the first time in 2016.

This month, Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy goes national once again.

Oskar Blues famed imperial stout Ten Fidy is aged in a blend of Buffalo Trace and Heaven Hill bourbon barrels for at least 8 months.

“This stout is loaded with inimitable flavors consisting of espresso, burnt sugar, rich chocolate and caramel notes, which are combined with the vanilla, oak and bourbon flavors that have been smoothed out from maturation.”  – Tim Matthews, Head of Brewing Operations

Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy is available in 19.2-ounce cans and draft by mid-November 2017.

Style: Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 19.2oz Cans, Draft.
Latest Release: Shipping Nationally, November 2017

12.9% ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal