Seasonal Return

Posted in Seasonal Return, The Veil Brewing

Intensely hopped: The Veil Brewing Casual Drinks

The Veil Brewing Casual Drinks

The Veil Brewing Casual Drinks returns to the Richmond, Virginia based brewery’s lineup on August 29th.

This imperial India pale ale is hopped “intensely” with Citra and El Dorado.

Soft, virtually no bitterness, and a nice one to enjoy with friends.

The Veil Brewing Casual Drinks is available in 16-ounce cans when the brewery opens on August 29th.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Citra, El Dorado

Availability: 16oz Cans
Latest Return: 8/29/17

8.5% ABV

Image: The Veil Brewing

Posted in NoDa Brewing, Seasonal Return

NoDa Gordgeous Pumpkin Ale cans kick off September

NoDa Gordgeous Pumpkin Ale returns to cans on September 1st. The pumpkin ale is brewed with 100+ pounds of organic sugar and caramelized brown sugar, freshly cracked spices, and 42 pounds of pumpkin.

The recipe started as head brewer Chad Henderson’s homebrew recipe years ago. (At one point he told Beer Street Journal a giant pumpkin was involved in the process.) NoDa Gordgeous has been a fall offering each year since debuting in 2013.

NoDa Gordgeous will be available again in 16-ounce cans (4 packs) and draft again on September 1st, 2017.

Style: Pumpkin Beer (w/ Brown Sugar, Cardamom, Cloves, Ginger Root, Allspice)
Availability: 16oz Cans (New), Draft
Latest Return: 9/1/17

6.4% ABV, 29 IBUs

Posted in Bell's Brewing, Don't Miss This, Seasonal Return

Bell’s Oktoberfest returns; second year in a row

Bell's Octoberfest bottle

Bell’s Oktoberfest finally returned to bottles after a 5-year hiatus last fall. Thank the brewery’s much-needed brewhouse expansion for that malty glass of festbier you had been missing. The release streak is now two, was Oktoberfest hits shelves once again.

We’ve noticed that in the years Oktoberfest hit shelves, it was one of the first in that seasonal style to sell out. While you are splashing around in the pool, this beer has been lagering for six weeks, just waiting for fall.

With herbal hop aromas, this balanced amber lager focuses on lightly toasted malt that lends body without too much sweetness. Perfect for a week-long wedding celebration in Germany or the start of the Michigan autumn.

Bell’s Oktoberfest is now available in 12-ounce bottles, in both 6 & 12 packs and draft.

Style: Oktoberfest
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Seasonal.
Latest Return: August 2017

5.5% ABV

Image: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Left Hand Brewing, Seasonal Return

Left Hand Oktoberfest Seasonal Returns

Left Hand Oktoberfest

Summer is winding down, and fest beers are arriving. Left Hand Oktoberfest marks the transition into cooler days.

If the brewery is continuing their brewing trend, Left Hand started work on this malty lager this past spring. It takes two months to perfect.

In the past thanks to the pains of brewery expansions, Oktoberfest wasn’t found in every market. Fans will be happy to know it’s in all the brewery’s markets these days. Fest follows this summer’s Good JuJu in the seasonal lineup.

Pouring a brilliant copper in color, the märzen lager entices the imbiber with notes of warm biscuit reminiscent of home and fall tradition. Oktoberfest begins with the toasty sweetness of the malt up front while the noble pedigree hops allow for a dry crisp finish at 6.6% ABV.

Left Hand Oktoberfest is available in 12-ounce bottles and draft, seasonally.

Style: Oktoberfest
Hops: Magnum and Spalter Select
Malts: Munich and Pilsner

Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft
Distribution:

6.6% ABV

Fun Fact: Head Brewer Guenzel’s silhouette is blended in the left side of lion’s mane, a signature feature of many of Left Hand’s beer labels.

Posted in Seasonal Return, Southern Tier Brewing

Southern Tier Pumking is back for fall

The wildly popular Southern Tier Pumking is back again for the 2017 season. Easily one of the most unique (and highly debated) pumpkin beer across craft beer since debuting in 2007.

The 9% strong ale is brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, clove, and allspice. Each sip is an over-the-top fall beer that tastes like biting into pumpkin pie (with the crust!).

in 2015, Southern Tier Pumking added 12-ounce bottles, making the imperial pumpkin ale a little more manageable if you are flying solo.

In 2014, the brewery added Southern Tier Rum Aged Pumking,

Southern TIer Pumking is available in 12-ounce bottles, 22-ounce bottles, and draft through fall 2017.

Style: Pumpkin Beer (Allspice. Cinnamon. Clove. Nutmeg. Vanilla.)
Hops:
 Sterling, Magnum
Malts: 2 Row Pale, Caramel

Availability: 22oz Bombers.  Draft. 12oz Bottles
Latest Return: Fall 2017

9% ABV

Posted in Avery Brewing, Seasonal Return

“Pumpkin pie soaked in rum” Avery Rumpkin returns

Avery Rumpkin Halloween 2016

One of the biggest pumpkin beers out there, Avery Rumpkin has returned again for fall 2017.

“A pumpkin pie soaked in rum.” That was the general idea when creating the Avery Rumpkin recipe. Besides pumpkin, Avery Rumpkin is brewed with nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cinnamon, then aged in rum barrels.

Rum barrels have been a big leaking issue for Avery in the past. If a barrel leaks, you beer killing oxygen getting in, or other off-flavors introduced into the beer. Over the past 7 years, the brewery has lost between 30% & 40% of the batches. To fix this, the brewery flew in two professional coopers from France to restore the rum barrels before Rumpkin rested in the wood.

The result? Avery states this year’s de-barreling was the best in the brewery’s history.

The 2017 edition of Avery Rumpkin debut on August 7th. Look for it nationally later this month.

Style: Pumpkin Beer (Nutmeg. Allspice. Ginger. Cinnamon. Barrel Aged. Rum.)
Availability: 12oz bottles
Latest Return: August 2017

16.9% ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal 

Posted in Great Divide, Seasonal Return

Great Divide Hoss makes a seasonal return

Great Divide Hoss Can 2017

Great Divide Hoss Oktoberfest is back in the Denver, Colorado brewery’s again this month. This is the second time this beer has been canned.

It may seem a little early to be thinking Oktoberfest beers, but lagers really are perfect year round. Great Divide Hoss is among one of Beer Street Journal’s favorite festbier styles. Fans of a malty lager will very much enjoy this plaid laden beverage.

HOSS is based on the Märzen lagers of Germany. Rich, layered malt notes, with hints of cherry and dark fruits, dominate, while the unique addition of rye imparts a slightly earthy, spicy character. Hoss finishes crisp and dry, and its brilliant red-orange color is a toast to the sunsets that make the perfect backdrop for this beer.

Great Divide Hoss is a seasonal release on draft, 12-ounce bottles, and 12-ounce cans.

Style: Oktoberfest
Availability: 12oz Cans, 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Latest Return: August 2017

6.2% ABV 

PIC: Beer Street Journal