Unknown Brewing 2.5 (ish) is the second release in the Charlotte, North Carolina based brewery’s on going Anniversary Series.
Last year, brewery founder Brad Schell realized at one point that he had completely forgotten the brewery’s first birthday. (Owning a burgeoning brewery will do that.) If you know anything about Schell and well, the whole brewery’s less than normal mentality, then you’ll fully understand his next move. Throw a 1.5 ish birthday party. And… do it again next year.
Unknown Brewing 2.5 is hitting shelves in North Carolina. South Carolina, and Georgia. The beer is a blend of both a Belgian-style red ale, and a Belgian-style golden ale, aged in bourbon barrels with apricots, blackberries, and cherries. Truly a party in a bottle. Last years is pictured on the left in the image above.
Unknown Brewing 2.5 is a limited 22 ounce bottle offering.
Carolina Bauernhaus June Princess is officially the Anderson, South Carolina based brewery’s first bottle release.
The wild and sour focused brewery headed up by Keston Helfrich and David Thorton opened in December of 2015. Their lineup is almost 100% sold in their downtown taproom.
Carolina Bauernhaus June Princess goes head to head in our book for the best sour in their young repertoire (the other being 18 Mile.) The brewery released just shy of 300 bottles of the beer today, June 28th. Last week, Beer Street Journal spent some time with the brewery hand labeling and waxing each of the bottles. (Props to my wonderful mother who doesn’t drink beer, but made everyone lunch…)
Our native fermented sour rye ale brewed with North Carolina grown pilsner and wheat malts. This hazy gold beer was fermented in regional Tempranillo barrels and aged on local apricots and locally harvested June Princess nectarines from Clemson’s fruit research farm. The beer is fermented with a blend of SouthYeast Labs N1 strong ale yeast and native lactobacillus along with a few Brettanomyces strains. This fruit forward beer is balanced by a bright acidity and rounded out by an oaky barrel character.
Carolina Bauernhaus June Princess is a 750 milliliter bottle limited offering.
Trillium Swagger Like a Hundred Thousand Trillion, a collaboration with New York’s Other Half, debuts today. Recent collaborations with Other Half include two with Athens, Georgia’s Creature Comforts Brewery.
Trillium Swagger Like a Hundred Thousand Trillion is an India Pale Ale, aged on mango, peaches, and apricot.
Cans of the collaboration are on sale today at Trillium’s Canton, Massachusetts location starting today.
Birmingham, Alabama’s Good People Brewing has partnered with Buffalo Rock Company to release Buffalo Rider – a shandy style beer.
The shandy is a beer blended with lemonade (or something similar). Buffalo Rider is a “shandygaff” or a beer blended with ginger ale.
For this release, Good People is using an apricot wheat base they house brewed, to blend with the Buffalo Rock Ginger Ale.
“We’re extremely excited to partner with Buffalo Rock on this project,” said Michael Sellers, who cofounded Good People in 2008 with his friend Jason Malone. “This traditionally Southern ginger ale has such a unique and interesting flavor that we thought it would pair nicely with one of our lower alcohol beers.”
The new year-round beer hybrid will be available at the Magic City Brewfest, and in the Good People taproom starting June 3rd. Distribution to follow shortly after.
Distribution: Florida, Alabama, Tennessee
Odell Zard-Alu Sour Apricot is on deck by the Colorado based brewery.
Love fruited sours? Odell Zard-Alu Sour Apricot is a fruit focused sour, featuring a blend of Brettanomyces yeast, and Lactobacillus.
Apricots are thought to be native of the Persian territory, where they were commonly referred to as Zard-Alu. These precious stone fruits were so highly revered that they were often used a commodity in the markets. The stones were not to be wasted. Much like this brew. While peach and pear-like flavors mingle in the background, as Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus create the tie that binds all the components. The end result is a complex ale that is playfully sour, light, and refreshing.
Odell Zard-Alu Sour Apricot will be a 750 milliliter offering, available in the tap room starting May 27th/
Wicked Weed Marina has joined the Asheville, North Carolina brewery’s lineup.
Marina is a blonde sour ale has been aged in wine barrels with apricots and peaches.
Wicked Weed Marina is a blonde sour ale aged in wine barrels with over one pound per gallon of peaches and apricots. The result is a delicate, hazy-gold ale with deep stone fruit character.
The brewery tells Beer Street Journal that the expanded barrel capacity is allowing this beer to be released a few times this year. Marina is a 500 milliliter bottle offering.
Bottles are available now at the brewery, distribution starts the last week of March.
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