Topic Archives: Amber Ales

Posted in Creature Comforts, New Releases

Creature Comforts Reclaimed Rye finally debuts in cans

Creature Comforts Reclaimed Rye Can

Creature Comforts Reclaimed Rye will (finally) debut in cans year-round on February 17th.

Reclaimed Rye has been a year-round offering by Athens, Georgia brewery basically since they opened their doors. The amber ale is brewed with rye malt and nuanced with a touch of French oak. The brewery teased the artwork two years ago this month, and finally after expansions, building a second production facility, Reclaimed Rye will finally be available in cans.

A uniquely complex and flavorful amber ale. French oak and rye malt lend to a well-rounded body with delicate undertones of toasted bread, spice, and subtle vanilla. We set out to show a new light onto the amber style with this beer and to reclaim it back from the ordinary. Easy to drink with friends at the pub, or just as good as a companion contemplating the stars, Reclaimed Rye is a collection of familiar voices singing a new harmony. 

Creature Comforts Reclaimed Rye joins Athena and Tropicalia, and Bibo Pilsner in their year-round canned lineup. The designs are the brainchild of creative genius Kim Kirby of Young Athenians.

Style: Rye Beer (Oak Aged.)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round
Debut (Cans): 2/17/18

5.5% ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal

Posted in New Releases, Second Self Brewing Company

Second Self Bleeding Heart, For Valentine’s Day

Second Self Bleeding Heart can

Heartbroken? Just love chocolate? Second SelBleeding Heart Red Ale has you covered either way.

Cocoa and vanilla are the stars in Second Self Bleeding Heart, Inspired by southern-style red velvet cake. 2017 is the first time this beer has been canned.

Red malts and cocoa lend the beer a festive pink color, and the vanilla is the icing on top, rounding out each sip at the end of the taste. Co-founders Jason and Chris have been developing the recipe for over eight years.

Bleeding Heart is actuall part of series of “Hearts” series. Other releases have included:

  • Bitter Heart – Red Ale, extensively dry hopped. Extra hoppy, extra bitter. The real Valentine’s Day beer.
  • Wild Heart – Red Ale, gone sour.

Second Self Bleeding Heart is available in 12 ounce cans and draft through February, 2017.

Style: Amber Ale (w/ Cocoa, Vanilla.)
Availability: Draft Only
Latest Return: January, 2017

6.9% ABV, 27 IBUs

PIC: Beer Street Journal 

 

Posted in Beer News, Highland Brewing

Highland Gaelic Ale now available in cans

Highland Gaelic Ale cans

Highland Gaelic Ale appears in cans for the first time this month. The Asheville, North Carolina based brewery first bottled Gaelic Ale back in 1994, and decided now it needed a new home in outdoor friendly in aluminum.

Read More: Highland Mandarina IPA available in cans

“With bottling and canning operations, we are in a new chapter. And Gaelic is the right beer to package both ways because of its flexibility – its medium body and balance. It fits with food or on its own, in cool or warm weather. Gaelic cans will be with me on my next hike.” – Leah Ashburn, President.

Highland Gaelic Ale adds to the growing number of canned offerings from Highland, following their first cans of Pilsner and Mandarina IPA over the summer.

Additionally, Highland stated that with their flagship beer now in a can they will be seeking to expand distribution in the near future.

Style: Amber Ale
Availability: 12oz cans, Draft, 12oz bottles
Distribution: North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Washington, DC.

5.5% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Harpoon Brewing

Spotlight: Harpoon Flannel Friday, the brewery’s newest seasonal

Harpoon Flannel Friday can

Harpoon Flannel Friday has joined the Boston, Massachusetts based brewery’s lineup this month. Just slightly ahead of colder weather.

Replacing their early fall offering, Oktoberfest, Harpoon Flannel Friday is a hoppy amber ale. The hops of choice are Citra and Cascade.

A bright hop aroma from Cascade and Citra hop additions complements its strong and complex malt backbone. Amber hued, medium bodied, with hints of citrus and pine, Flannel Friday is meant for the crisp days of fall.

The beer got its name from the first day of chilly weather where everyone at the brewery shows up in flannel.

What you’ll taste: Fall was made for malty beers, and Flannel has it. Citra and Cascade are bold hops, bringing notes of citrus and pine into the mix. A great transition into cooler weather.

Harpoon Flannel Friday is a 12 ounce can and draft offering as a seasonal release. Incidentally, the first seasonal release since 1989.

Style: Amber Ale
Hops: Citra, Cascade

Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: August, 2016

5.7% ABV, 35 IBUs

Ed note: Oktoberfest is apparently still available in September & October this year. 

Posted in Seasonal Return, The Unknown Brewing Co.

Unknown Hospitali-tea, a tea laden amber ale returns

Unknown Hospitali-Tea

Unknown Hospitali-tea has return once again to the brewery’s lineup.

It’s the south, and sweet tea is king. The Charlotte, North Carolina based brewery created a caramel malt heavy amber ale, and added black tea leaves and orange blossom honey. The hops mimic lemons. The result? A boozy sweet tea style beer

Made with black tea leaves and sweet orange blossom honey, this beer is on the lighter side with great caramel malts. The finish of sweet tea and hops provide a new floral lemon aroma. Plain and simple, Hospitali-tea is refreshing.

Unknown Hospitali-tea is a 12 once can and draft offering for the summer.

Style: Amber Ale (w/ Black Tea, Honey)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.

Return: June, 2016

?? ABV

Posted in Eagle Creek Brewing Company, New Beers
Posted in Deschutes Brewing, Don't Miss This, Harpoon Brewing

Deschutes EHOP, a Collaboration with Harpoon

Deschutes EHOP

Deschutes EHOP, a new collaboration with Harpoon Brewing, debuts in October.

Both brewery’s are employee owned, and celebrate that aspect of their business. Deschutes EHOP is an amber ale, brewed with sage and thyme, and employee-grown hops.

“It has been quite a year for us at Harpoon as we’ve transitioned to employee ownership,” says Harpoon CEO and co-founder Dan Kenary. “It’s a complicated process and we couldn’t have done it without the support that we received from Deschutes and other craft brewers who had chosen this path before us. We’re extremely proud to be employee-owned – being an independent brewer is something we value deeply and believe it’s at the core of what makes the craft beer industry so great for both brewers and beer lovers. This beer is a high-five to our fellow independent American craft breweries and their employee-owners.”

Deschutes EHOP will debut at the Great American Beer Festival at an invite only party. The general public will see this beer in October on draft and 22 ounce bottles.

Style: Amber Ale (w/ Sage, Thyme)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: October, 2015

7.5% ABV