If you are a big fan of this beer, you already know it’s out there.
The seasonal release of Great Lakes Christmas Ale is always highly anticipated, as the beer has quite the cult following. This seasonal release is brewed with honey, ginger, and cinnamon, complementing the coming holidays rather well.
Do not open ‘til Christmas? Whoever coined that phrase obviously hasn’t tasted Christmas Ale’s fresh honey, cinnamon, and ginger flavors.
Great Lakes Christmas Ale is available starting in late October in 12-ounce bottles and draft.
Style: (w/ Honey, Ginger, Cinnamon)
Hops: Mt. Hood, Cascade
Malts: Harrington 2-Row, Wheat, Crystal 45, Special Roast, Roasted Barley
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Seasonality: Late October, Seasonally
Starr Hill’s Little Red Roostar Coffee Stout is back in action again as the weather turns colder.
The Charlottesville, Virginia based brewery combines freshly roasted coffee from Red Rooster into their creamy milk stout resulting in a smooth, roasty beer.
Starr Hill’s Little Red RooStarr Coffee Stout is a full-bodied milk stout brewed with coffee from our friends at Red Rooster Coffee Roasters in Floyd, VA. Malt sweetness, chocolate and caramel notes dominate the flavor, while roasted coffee notes add balance and round out the aroma.
Starr Hill Little Red Roostar first launched in March 2013 in 22-ounce bottles. In 2014, it was moved to 12-ounce bottles. Look for it from October through December, seasonally.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Seasonal Release.
5.8% ABV, 19 IBUs
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The Veil Brewing Broz Broz Night Night first debuted in cans on May 30th. The beer returns to the lineup again on October 24th.
This one is all about the dry-hop. Broz Broz Night Night is the “brother” beer to the Citra hop heavy Broz Night Out. The Veil opted to double dry-hop this edition, uping it to what they call “cray-cray” status.
This one turned out insane. We love the base beer, but with the DDH treatment, it’s just crazy. Just in time for the new season of Stranger Things too!
The Veil Brewing Broz Broz Night Night will be available at the brewery in Richmond, Virginia in all it’s hazy goodness again on October 24th.
Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: 16oz Cans
Latest Return: 10/24/17
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Dogfish Head Pennsylvania Tuxedo, a pale ale brewed with spruce tips, returns to the brewery’s seasonal lineup. This beer is a collaboration with Pennsylvania clothing manufacturer, Woolrich.
Before you get to know the beer, get to know the name. The “Pennsylvania Tuxedo” is the stylish descriptor given to the red and black hunting outfits popularized by Woolrich, dating back to the late 1800’s. All the more reason this beer is a collaboration with Pennsylvania clothing manufacturer, Woolrich.
Dogfish Head Pennsylvania Tuxedo has made an appearance before, released on tap at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach in 2014. In 2015, Tuxedo was bottled for the first time as well, destined for a larger Dogfish Head market.
“Pennsylvania Tuxedo smells like Paul Bunyan’s cologne and tastes like tongue-kissing Mother Nature, and it’s a labor of love that we hope you’ll share with friends this winter.” Brewery founder Sam Calagione
When you brew an outdoorsy collaboration, you brew it with spruce tips, right? The brewery’s Sam Calagione mentions in the video below where John Rich almost died from falling off the rafters at a barn raising after drinking too much of his own spruce beer.
Dogfish Head Pennsylvania Tuxedo is available once again in 12-ounce bottles and draft in November 2016.
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Surly Darkness 2017 releases on October 21st. Here’s your sneak peek.
2006 saw the first batch of Surly Darkness. As the story goes, one-morning brewery founder Omar Ansari showed up on a weekend to get some work done to find folks standing outside. They wanted Darkness. A line for beer was weird back in 2006.
Now, 11 years later, Surly Darkness Day has become one of the “must attend” events in craft beer. Thirsty people travel from all over the country to see the darkest of metal bands and sip Russian imperial stout as the leaves change. It’s like a damn greeting card, but with strong beer and double bass kicks.
Tomorrow, this big bottle of metal is unleashed again.
As we sit barstool-deep in the Craft Beer Gold Rush, a line for an in-demand beer outside your local brewery’s door is not uncommon. In 2006, it was fucking weird. And great.
Surly Darkness is anything but a simple Russian imperial stout. The 22-ounce bottles sport some of the darkest, most sinister labels in the industry that change every year. Seriously, if Rob Zombie had an art event at The Louvre, we think it would look like 11 years of these beer labels.
Darkness has set a high bar for the style in just over a decade. This year’s release is right on point with the flavors that have garnered such a loyal following. Each sip is wash of dark chocolate and a touch of coffee, with hints of raisins and dark fruit, finishing with a smooth boozy heat. Put the pumpkins down, this is the flavor of an upper mid-west fall. Drinking a Darkness is a basically a required merit badge for the craft beer drinker.
Surly Darkness 2017 is a limited 22-ounce bottle release at the brewery in Minnesota. The line starts at 11 AM.
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Hops: Warrior, Simcoe, Amarillo
Malts: 2-row, Golden Promise, Aromatic, Chocolate, Black, 50/60, Special B, Roasted Barley, Oats, Brewers Crystals, DMEAvailability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft. Limited Release.
Latest Return: 10/21/17
12% ABV 2017
PIC: Beer Street Journal
Carolina Bauernhaus July Prince returns to the Anderson, South Carolina taproom for a second time on October 19th.
A follow up to the first bottle release in June – June Princess, Carolina Bauernhaus July Prince is an American wild ale fermented with peaches.
The base beer is the brewery’s golden rye ale, femented in Chardonnay barrels with SouthYeast Labs strong ale yeast for seven months. Then the brewery added 200 pounds of peaches and aged it another two months. Finally, July Prince was dry-hopped With Hull Melon and Aramis hops.
The finished beer has a subtle acidity, juicy peach notes, and a light hop note balanced by a dry oak barrel character.
Carolina Bauernhaus July Prince is a 750-milliliter bottle offering. Limited distribution to local area and Atlanta.
Latest Return: 10/19/17
The Veil Brewing Never Forever will be available again on October 3rd.
Never, the house gose by The Veil Brewing serves as the backdrop for Never Forever which is aged on “a ton” of passionfruit puree. The tart, tropical as hell release is one of the brewery’s most doted upon creations.
Clocking in at 4.9%, this is one of our favorites, and most acidic fruited Goses we have released.
The Veil Brewing Never Forever will be available in 16-ounce cans when the brewery opens on October 3rd.
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