Shiner Bavarian-Style Amber
Left Hand Brewing (Longmont, CO) currently has a coffee ale in select Old Chicago Restaurants across the United States. The beer debuted in early February.
Left Hand De’Nile Coffee Ale is a collaboration with Allegro Coffee, and the brewery’s Ro Guenzel. The team selected Allegro’s Blue Nile Blend coffee to nuance Left Hand’s base beer, brewed with lactose.
First, Allegro’s Blue Nile BLEND coffee was hand-selected due to its intense berry and spice notes. Then, a unique recipe was created in order to best compliment the characteristics of the coffee. The result is a burnished, copper-colored brew with a white head that is the perfect equilibrium of maple, chocolate and coffee with a medium mouthfeel and a citrus aroma from Caliente and Amarillo hops.
Left Hand De’Nile Coffee Ale is available now at Old Chicago Restaurants (locator in new window) and the the brewery’s tap room.
Availability: Draft only
Release: Early February, 2015
5.5% ABV, 57 IBUs
Creature Comforts Reclaimed Rye is slated to be the next can in the brewery’s young lineup.
Creature Comforts Reclaimed Rye is a year round offering by Athens, Georgia brewery. For this release, the brewery creates a rye based amber ale and ages it on French oak.
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 in 12oz cans. Bibo Pilsner, another year round offering, will also be canned. The designs are the brainchild of creative genius Kim Kirby of Young Athenians.
The brewery is installing extra fermentation capacity this week that will allow them to send cans to Atlanta.
Creature Comforts Reclaimed Rye can Image via the brewery.
Brew Hub Key Billy Island Ale is the first offering from the newly founded partner brewing collaborative. Brew Hub, from their own description, breaks down like this –
Partner brewing is a process that allows craft brewers to not only brew their beer to the exact specifications under the supervision of their own Brewmaster, but also to package and distribute from the Brew Hub brewery and make their beer available for export to national and international markets.
Brew Hub Key Billy Island Ale is a light amber ale, brewed with key lime juice. created by home brewer Pat Kennedy from Islamorada, Florida. The recipe is brewed at the Lakeland, Florida Brew Hub, for distribution in south Florida.
Style: Amber Ale (w/ Key Lime Juice)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Duclaw Brewing (Baltimore, MD) recently made the trip to Tampa, Florida to collaborate with Cigar City Brewing, The brewing teams created a flavorfully “extreme” session beer, Impey Barbicane Moongun Session Amber Ale.
Impey features Centennial, Cascade, and Equinox hops, so you won’t miss the hop punch in each sip.
We’ve collaborated with our friends at DuClaw Brewing Company to bring you Impey Barbicane’s Moon Gun, an amber colored exercise in pushing the limits of what a session beer can do. Fueled by earth shaking amounts of Cascade, Centennial and Equinox hops. It has just enough malt character to give some balance and keep it from ‘busting up” upon lift-off. Please join us in celebrating science, optimism, and the art of brewing with this stellar (or lunar) been As Jules Verne wrote, “I feel that we should always put a little art into what we do. It’s better that way?
Cigar City/Duclaw Impey Barbicane Moongun Session Amber Ale will be available in 22oz bottles.
Style: Amber Ale
Availability: 22oz bottles
Red Brick Brewing (Atlanta, GA) will be spending the rest of the year installing a new canning line. Laughing Skull Amber Ale, is slated to be their first canned offering.
Beer Street Journal met with head brewer Garett Lockhart and Tyler Cates to discuss the brewery’s can plans. The picture above is the first prototype of the cans, they hope to debut in late November, 2014.
Once the canning line is up and running, the new approach will be to can the core offerings (Laughing Skull, Hoplanta, etc) and bottle seasonals and smaller runs. Although, I would note that Lockhart is thinking about canning other offerings like Sacred Cow Milk Stout, or even a barrel aged offering along the way.
Laughing Skull accounts for about 60% of the core brand sales. The shift to cans could increase that volume even more.
With Red Brick’s canning line addition, the three largest craft breweries (in volume) in Georgia now offer cans. Terrapin Beer Co. launched cans in early 2013, and SweetWater Brewing launched 12oz and 16oz cans earlier this year.
Note: The above image is taken by Beer Street Journal. Do not re-use without permission.
Troegs Brewing (Hershey, PA) has released the second in a series of three hop forward seasonals in 2014. Hop Knife is a harvest ale that utilizes hops at the peak of the growing season, insert them into the brewery’s Hop Cyclone during fermentation. The result is a beer full of chewy, fresh hops flavors, meant to be consumed as fresh as possible.
Hop Knife Harvest Ale recognizes the meticulous, time-honored tradition of hand-harvesting hops at the peak of maturity. Our HopCyclone process creates an inward spiral of hop dispersal during fermentation, releasing a bounty of citrus, resin and tropical aromas.
The first in the series was Troegs Cultivator, and the series will be completed with Blizzard of Hops later this year.
Style: Amber Ale
Hops: Cascade, Chinook, El Dorado
Malts: Crystal, Pilsner, Vienna
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Initial release.
6.2% ABV, 87 IBUs