Stone Stochasticity Your Father Smelt of Elderberries joins the brewery’s experimental project series this month. Each release sets free the brewers of Stone, to brew outside their “normal” and create with unusual ingredients, or just make a golden stout.
Stone Stochasticity Your Father Smelt of Elderberries calls upon the old English use of elderberries in the brewing process. The base beer looks to be an amber ale with a touch of smoke from the peated oats, and English hops.
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Stochasticity Project beers bravely explore lesser-trod territory. Imagine if you will emerging from the furthest depths of the dark, misty forest of time holding a chalice (perhaps one of catholically divine caliber) filled with an ale style dating back to medieval England. We find ourselves carried by the gait of hooves (which oddly sound like someone is clacking together two empty coconut halves) and happen upon a caste siege. Insults are being hurled from the walls above from …Frenchmen? Time to run away (after one last whack at the mighty stone castle walls with a broadsword) to discuss strategy just beyond the reach of catapulted bovines. Beer brewed with elderberries is freely shared. What strategies come from this? Trojan Rabbit! A brilliant ruse they’re sure to…catapult. Word to the wise, Sir Bedivere. Don’t strategize whilst drinking elderberry beer or the constables may show up at the end of your flick.
Stone Stochasticity Your Father Smelt of Elderberries is a draft and 22 ounce bottle offering.
Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time.
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA and Puerto Rico
Release: September, 2015
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
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.
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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