We honestly aren’t sure what we drink more of around the Beer Street Journal office – beer or margaritas. This release makes choosing between the two a little bit easier. Second Self Margarita in Gose is back for a second season.
Let’s address the most badass fact about this beer, the Top Gun theme. Second Self now has a “Top Gun Series” of beers, that started with Maverick & Gose last year. That beer is back in the skies (shelves) once again with an updated recipe. Since you can’t pull off an inverted flying maneuver without a partner, Second Self Margarita in Gose, aka “MIG” is here.
MIG mimics the taste of a margarita thanks to fresh orange lime juice and Florida orange peel. Those flavors, plus a touch of salt makes this gose margarita/ beer hybrid. Shots of tequila might make the perfect compliment. The choice is yours.
Second Self Margarita in Gose is available in Georgia and Alabama again in March 2018.
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Catawba Peanut Butter Jelly Time is like drinking a piece of your childhood. If you haven’t tried it, you have another chance starting this week.
Brewed with raspberries and aged on peanuts, this beer should take you back to a simpler time. Before bills, acne breakouts, and hangovers. (That last one depends on how much of this nostalgia you take part in…) New for 2017, the beer is available in 16-ounce cans.
Does it taste like a sandwich? Pretty much. Brewing with peanut butter and the sugar blob that is jelly isn’t the greatest of ideas. The base beer is a roasty brown ale, aged for weeks on fresh raspberries and peanuts. What makes this beer even more fun to drink, is the arc of flavor you get as it warms. Colder, this beer tastes like peanut butter. Warmer, more sticky jelly notes appear. Because Peanut Butter Jelly Time is a brown ale instead of a stout, it really is a smooth, childhood reminiscent, comfort beer.
When your mom packed a PB&J sandwich in your school lunchbox, the flavors all melded into pure comfort food by noon. Well, we recreated this childhood goodness in a beer! This light brown ale is brewed from five different grains and then aged for weeks on raspberries and roasted peanuts. Take a sip, let flavors mingle on your palate, and enjoy our PB&J in a glass.
Catawba Peanut Butter Jelly Time! is available in 16-ounce cans in the tap room starting Friday, March 2nd. All of Catawba’s markets will begin receiving the release the first week of March.
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“Our most elegant DIPA.” That’s how The Veil Brewing whiteferrari is described. The can design is easily one of the sexiest in the Richmond, Virginia based brewery’s lineup.
whiteferrari is “hopped intensely” with a 50/50 blend of Citra and Galaxy hops.
We know you hear this all the time, and you probably are sick of hearing this crap, but we genuinely believe this might be the best batch of whiteferrari yet! We for realz 💟 this batch!
The Veil Brewing whiteferrari is available in 16-ounce cans when the brewery opens on February 16th.
Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: 16oz Cans
Latest Return: 2/16/17
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The Veil Brewing Crucial Taunt returns to the brewery’s taproom on February 13th.
Often referred to as the brewery’s house IPA, Crucial Taunt is actually a bold 8% alcohol by volume imperial IPA. (It’s hoppy AF, hazy, and fantastic.)
185-200 case will be available when the brewery opens at 4 pm.
Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft (Brewery Release)
Latest Return: 2/13/18
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Heavy Seas The Alpha Effect, a new hazy India pale ale will return in 2018.
Hazy, turbid IPAs are probably here to stay. What started with smaller craft breweries dropping “haze”, spread to larger brewers follow suit. Stone intermittently releases an Enjoy By Unfiltered IPA, Ballast Point released Unfiltered Sculpin, even Sierra Nevada just debuted Hazy Little Thing. Heavy Seas The Alpha Effect won over fans last March, so expect it again this year.
The brewery built this recipe from the ground up, using predominately Columbus hops. Interestingly, the brewery doesn’t use Columbus in any of their other beers.
This IPA certainly is hazy. Turbid? No. Juicy? Yes. If it’s a trop hop combo you are seeking, you’ll find it here. This IPA is a beautiful blend citrus, melon and piney hop flavors, with a smooth finish thanks to an addition of wheat.
The beer is hazy, with a modest portion of malted wheat in the grist. Straw colored, it has a clean, crisp malt profile. Juicy, resiny, piney hop aromas and flavors are the stars of this show, however. Some Citra and Centennial hops play supporting roles to Columbus’ powerful performance. If you like hops, find The Alpha Effect. You won’t be disappointed!” – Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard
Heavy Seas The Alpha Effect will be available in 12-ounce bottles and draft again in February 2018.
Hops: Columbus, Centennial, Citra, Mosaic
Malts: 2 Row, Wheat, Caramalt
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: March 2017
Latest Return: February 2018
7% ABV, 75 IBUs
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Heavy Seas Siren Noire is set to return again in January, in a new format.
Without a doubt, Heavy Seas Siren Noire is the decadent beer in the brewery’s lineup. The base beer is an imperial stout brewed with three pounds of Belgian cocoa nibs per barrel, then aged for 5 weeks in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans.
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The result? Dessert beer. Siren Noire is creamy and chocolatey, that finishes with vanilla bourbon flavors. Addictive, and one of our favorite releases in the brewery’s lineup.
When the Siren Noire returns in 2018, look for it (and all the Uncharted Waters) beers in new 12-ounce packaging. This move comes as many breweries are shifting their larger beers from 22-ounce bottles to a smaller format, such as 16-ounce cans and 16.9-ounce bottles.
Heavy Seas Siren Noire returns as a short-term seasonal in January 2018.
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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.
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