The Hop Concept Dank & Sticky IPA, the first release in the Hop Freshener Series back in 2015, will return to shelves this month.
In 2015, Port Brewing/Lost Abbey announced a third branch of the brewery’s lineup – The Hop Concept (or THC. Oh, the irony.) THC is obsessed with hops, with each beer in the lineup named for the most important hop or flavor profile.
When it comes to India pale ales, “Dank” is the definitely the trend, this making the return of The Hop Concept Dank & Sticky IPA perfect timed. Dank uses some of the best hops out there, including Eureka, Mosaic, Cascade, Comet, and Simcoe.
“We love the fact that we get to ring the New Year in with Dank & Sticky IPA. There’s some great juicy beers out there, but sometimes you just need dank resins in your life, and this does the job. – Tomme Arthur, COO of Port Brewing/ The Lost Abbey/ The Hop Concept.
The Hop Concept Dank & Sticky IPA is a draft and 22 ounce bottle offering for a limited time starting mid-January. After that, except another quarterly rlease.
Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Eureka, Mosaic, Cascade, Comet, & Simcoe
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Latest Return: Mid-January, 2017
Hardywood Raspberry Stout returns to the Richmond, Virginia based brewery’s lineup on January 7th.
The base imperial stout is brewed with ample amounts of cacao nibs, and chocolate malt (because, chocolate) and late season red raspberries from Hanover, Virginia based Agriberry Farm. We throw around the term “dessert beer” a lot at Beer Street Journal. With good reason, because they are damn good. Hardywood Raspberry Stout is all that an more.
Raspberry Stout captures the essence of a decadent raspberry truffle in liquid form. A beguiling ale, this stout’s enticing cocoa aromatics build to a flavorful crescendo of full bodied dark chocolate, subsiding with a pleasantly sweet, tart raspberry jam laced finish.
Hardywood Raspberry Stout us a 750 milliliter bottle release, available at the brewery on January 7th, 2017.
Southerly Love is an American wild ale, slightly kettle soured with lactobacillus and fermented with the house brettanomyces yeast blend. This January, Creature Comforts Southerly Love returns briefly to the brewery’s lineup. The 2017 edition features Idaho 7, Cascade, and Crystal hops.
“We used a solid dose of funky, tropical and aromatic hops, both in the brewhouse and as a dry hop, to add complexity and intrigue to the beer. The result was a synthesis of yeast and hop flavors, melded into a balanced, cohesive and just plain delicious beer.” – Co-Founder and Brewmaster Adam Beauchamp
The new label was designed by University of Georgia Scientific Illustration Student Katie Schmidt.
Creature Comforts Southerly Love will be available in 750ml bottles and draft at the brewery in Athens, Georgia on January 17th.
Style: American Wild Ale
Hops: Idaho 7, Cascade Crystal
Availability: 750ml bottles, Draft.
Latest Return: January, 2017
Bell’s Hopslam season is upon us once again. The brewery is canning the delicious liquid this week. Here’s the packaging rundown.
Starting in 2016, the Comstock, Michigan based brewery started shipping Hopslam in cans for the first time, dropping bottles from the lineup. Laura Bell, president of Bell’s Brewery in Comstock, Michigan cites construction as the biggest reason you won’t find bottles of the hoppy offering in the near future.
Also dropped from the 2017 lineup are the 1.32 gallon mini-kegs, aka the “hangover maker”. That leaves 12 ounce cans and draft this year.
Bell’s Hopslam is an imperial IPA brewed with Michigan honey. The beer easily ranks among one of the brewery’s most popular offerings.
Counties in lower Michigan are starting to get Bell’s Hopslam this week.
Week of Jan. 9: Northern Michigan and the U.P., Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin
Week of Jan. 16: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Southern California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Virginia
Again, Bell’s Hopslam is a 12 ounce can and draft release in 2017.
Images via Bell’s Brewery.
MadTree Rubus Cacao is available in cans for just the second time ever. The beer first appeared on draft in early 2014.
MadTree Rubus Cacao is sweet chocolate stout, featuring cacao nibs from Cincinnati’s bean-to-bar chocolatier, Maverick Chocolate. The beer finishes with a touch of tart raspberry.
“It was important to us to work with a local partner to find the cacao nibs and that led us to Paul and Marlene at Maverick Chocolate,” said Jeff Hunt, MadTree Brewing co-founder. “Maverick was on-board immediately and very excited to help us find the right chocolate to achieve the flavor profile we wanted for the large-scale release of Rubus Cacao.”
MadTree Rubus Cacao will be available in 12 ounce cans starting at 12 noon on January 7th. Attendees can try Maverick Chocolate offerings.
What to expect: Some beers with raspberry can be overwhelming. I.E. Raspberry beer with a touch of stout. Madtree’s rendition is dessert. Hints of raspberry, balanced well with chocolate. The world needs a little more romance. This beer brings it. 12 ounces doesn’t last long.
What started as a collaboration in 2013 with Lost Abbey is head to shelves again this month – Maui Brewing Lemongrass Saison.
Lost Abbey’s Tomme Arthur mentions that a simple saison with lemongrass was a recipe he always wanted to create, but honestly, never got around to making. Hawaii’s Maui Brewing stepped in and helped make this beer a reality.
Simple recipe it may be, but neither of these breweries skimp on flavor. The Belgian-style saison uses 200 pounds of locally grown lemongrass.
Our original batch of this beer was the culmination of that vision; and Maui Brewing’s skillful use of this amazing flavor makes me truly wish it was available more often. In revisiting this recipe, my wishes are coming true,”
Maui Brewing Lemongrass Saison is back in action starting Friday, January 6th, in 12 ounce cans and draft.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Latest Return: January, 2017
Jester King Bière de Blanc du Bois — the brewery’s farmhouse beer brewed with Texas grown Blanc du Bois grapes, returns seasonally on January 6th.
This creation first debuted in 2014, the brainchild of Adrienne Ballou, Jester King’s barrel program lead. To create Jester King Bière de Blanc du Bois, Ballou simulated orange wine fermentation techniques. During this process, the grape skins, seeds, and stems are left in the wine during primary fermentation. (As opposed to separating the skins prior to fermenting.)
Jester King Bière de Blanc du Bois is fermented and matured in oak barrels with wild yeast and souring bacteria. After fermentation, it was refermented with the Blanc du Bois grapes.
Batch 2 of Jester King Bière de Blanc du Bois will be available at the brewery starting January 6th, 2017.
Pics via Jester King