Lost Abbey’s Cuvee de Tomme will be draft-only this year. Some packaging restraints have prevented the beer from being released in bottles.
“We had a few packaging constraints near the end of this year so we just didn’t have the means to get Cuvee into bottles” said Tomme Arthur, Co-founder and Chief Operating Owner of The Lost Abbey. “But the good news is we’ll have more kegs and be able to spread the wealth to some territories that have never had it in years past.”
Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme is a blend of Judgement Day (quad with raisins) aged in bourbon, brandy, and red wine barrels with Brettanomyces yeast. Tart cherries also give the beer that little extra complexity. Tommy Arthur came up with the recipe in 1999.
A plus side to this packaging change – there will be more kegs for the brewery’s entire distribution network.
Elevation Beer Company (Poncha Springs, CO) Oil Man ships once again. Oil Man is Elevation’s imperial stout, aged for 6 months in bourbon barrels.
“Oil Man… is the same recipe, with this years Breckenridge Distillery Bourbon Barrels leaning slightly more oaky and adding an increased mouthfeel this year.”
levlevation Oil Man Imperial Stout returns this round to Arizona, Colorado, and Texas in December, and January, 2015.
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Corked & Caged.
11% ABV, 50 IBUs
Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, MD) will release Rum Barrel Aged Gonzo Porter tonight, exclusively at Max’s Taphouse in Baltimore, Maryland. This is the only place to snag this new offering until it releases at the brewery next year.
Our believed Gonzo Imperial Porter, a tribute to the late, great Hunter S. Thompson, aged for three months in South American rum barrels. Released for the first time in limited production.
Previous versions include Whiskey Barrel Aged Gonzo. Flying Dog Rum Barrel Gonzo will release in 750ml bottles sometime in 2015.
New Holland Brewing has four different Dragon’s Milk releases in 2015. Two of the offerings appeared for the first time in 2014.
- Dragon’s Milk Reserve with Toasted Chilies
- Dragon’s Milk Reserve with Raspberries
- Dragon’s Milk Reserve with Coffee & Chocolate
- Dragon’s Milk Reserve Triple Mashed Bourbon Barrel Stout
More info on each of the releases will become available closer to launch. Expect 22oz bottles.
Widmer Brothers Brewing teams up with Deschutes Brewery, to brew a unique collaboration beer, AltBitter. This new Oregonian collaboration is a part of Widmer Brother’s year long 30th Anniversary celebration.
Altbitter is a combination of Deschutes Bachelor Bitter and Widmer Brothers Altbier. Imperial versions of each were brewed and aged separately in rye whiskey for eight months. The final release is a two-thirds barrel aged beer, with one-third non barrel aged beer.
“We have been friends with Gary Fish since the early days of Deschutes Brewery,” said Rob Widmer, co-founder of Widmer Brothers Brewing. “It really means a lot to have both of our breweries come together to create a beer. We have always respected Deschutes and love what they’ve done for the Oregon craft beer community. The beer is a blend of our histories and it’s great to have finally done something together after all these years.”
Widmer Brothers / Deschutes Altbitter is now available in 22oz bottles and draft in select markets.
Style: Altbier (Barrel Aged. Whiskey)
Availability: 22oz Bombers, Draft.
Distribution: Select markets, including Philadelphia, Boston, New York City, Minneapolis, San Diego, Portland (OR), Seattle, San Francisco.
Release: Mid-December, 2014
9.5% ABV, 55 IBUs
Embrace the Funk, Yazoo Brewing’s wild and sour division, releases Indomitus Dolium Ale on Saturday December 13th.
Indomitus Dolium Ale is a collaboration with Rocky Mountain Barrel Company, provided rare Cognac barrels from France. The base beer is an old ale, with Brettanomyces.
…Dark Ruby in color with warming cherry and dark fruit notes. A secondary addition of classic “Old World” Brettanomyces strains will continue to evolve in the bottle.
Breckenridge Brewery will expand their barrel aged offerings nationwide, with the release of Barrel Aged 72 Imperial. For the first time, the Colorado brewery will package its specialty barrel-aged beers in large format and ship it to all 37 states to which they currently distribute.
Barrel Aged 72 Imperial is the brewery’s chocolate cream stout made with 400 lbs of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory chocolate, then aged in whiskey barrels.
“It’s very exciting that we’ll have the ability to produce these unique, one-off beers at a significantly larger scale,” remarks Todd Usry, Brewmaster and Director of Brewing Operations at Breckenridge Brewery. “Until now, distribution of our barrel-aged varieties has been mostly limited to our home market due to capacity constraints. With the features in place at our new brewery, we’re going to be able to share these notable releases with consumers across the country.”
Breckenridge Barrel Aged 72 Imperial will be available in 22oz bottles in all 37 states the they currently distribute to.