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.
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
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.
Latest Return: November 2017
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.
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.
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By now you should be familiar with Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, one of the most well-known imperial stouts in the business. The barrel-aged edition has proven to be an instant hit, and not easy to find. This month a Java Ten Fidy will return to both of the brewery’s taprooms for one day only.
Ten Fidy has been aged in a blend of bourbon barrels for nearly a year before a finishing flourish of Hotbox Roasters coffee being added. That’s the same coffee found in the brewery’s Hotbox Porter, and Hotbox IPA.
There is a downside, however. Unlike the national availability of BA Fidy, Java Ten Fidy will only be available at Oskar Blues in Brevard on November 11th, 2017. Numbered wristbands will be handed out starting at 9:30 am, with sales commencing at 10 am.
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
Image: Starr Hill