Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA) released a collaboration – Xocoveza Mocha Stout last year. The beer was a creation of home brewer Chris Banker, who brewed with not only the Stone team, but Cerveceria Insurgente from Mexico.
Stone Xocoveza Extra Anejo will grace the brewery’s coveted Quingente Millilitre Series, a souped-up version of the original release. In addition to the cocoa, coffee, peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg that was added to Xocoveza Mocha Stout, Stone has aged this edition in both red wine barrels and tequila barrels.
The base beer is the recipe of 2014 Stone Homebrew Competition winner Chris Banker, an intensely flavorful milk stout brewed with coffee and spices to mimic the rich flavors of Mexican hot chocolate.
Stone Xocoveza Extra Anejo will be available in 500ml bottles in very limited quantities. No distribution. Bottles were released at Stone World Bistor today.
Fritz Maytag saw an opportunity in 1965 and took it. Anchor Brewing, whose roots date back to 1849, was in danger of closing. For a few thousand dollars, Maytag purchased 51% of the brewery, starting what would be a craft brewing revolution in America.
Anchor Steam was bottled in 1971, and by 1975, Anchor Porter, Liberty Ale and Old Foghorn Barleywine had joined the lineup.
In 1977, Maytag purchased an old coffee roastery on Old Potrero Hill, where the brewery still resides today. Anchor Distilling produces Old Potrero Rye Whiskey (named for the hill), which is a great segway into Anchor Barrel Ale.
Anchor Barrel Ale, a tribute to Fritz Maytag, is aged in Old Potrero Rye Whiskey barrels.
In 1965, Fritz Maytag’s first of 45 years at the helm, we sold 882 barrels of one beer. Seven years later, as we prepared to launch a second brew, Anchor Porter, new-hire Mark Carpenter asked him why. “I want us to be known for much more than making Anchor Steam,” Fritz replied with a grand gesture. “Because one day there will be hundreds of little breweries like ours all over America.” Mark was incredulous. And ultimately, of course, it would be thousands not hundreds. but Fritz saw what no one else did, igniting a revolution in brewing that originated today’s craft-beer movement. Anchor Barrel Ale – aged in our used Old Potrero Rye Whiskey barrels and on their staves – is Anchor’s tribute to pioneer brewer, trailblazing distiller, and visionary Fritz Maytag. Cheers!
Anchor Barrel Ale will be available in 12 ounce bottles and draft.
The brewery has not yet announced this offering.
Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Citrus has made a return to shelves. The sour ale’s recipe has been tweaked for its 2015 summer release.
The base beer is a sour blonde ale aged in wine barrels, nuanced by Buddha’s Hand citrons, plus yuzu and blood oranges from San Francisco’s Hamada Farms.
Hand-chopped and zested fruit was added to the beer, which has been allowed to barrel age since the winter citrus harvest, creating a refreshing sour ale that highlights the natural tartness of fresh citrus.
Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Citrus is available in 375 milliliter bottles.
Wild Heaven Craft Beers (Decatur, GA) has just released Dionysus, their first bottled sour offering/second barrel aged offering.
Wild Heaven Dionysus is actually a blend of six different beers, as head brewmaster Eric Johnson explains in the video above.
Instead of being one sour beer, Johnson created six, carefully soured and chosen to be Wild Heaven Dionysus. The base is Eschaton an oaked Belgian-style quadrupel. Three other beers, fermented with three different strains, aged in Bordeaux barrels, were then blended into the base. Tack on two more sour, barrel aged offerings and this cuvee is born.
Wild Heaven Dionysus is available in now in Georgia in 750 milliliter bottles. It follows Civilization, a tequila barrel-aged barleywine.
Avery Ill Dolia is #29 in the brewery’s coveted barrel aged series. This release breaks the bank, as the brewery filled the rarest and most expensive barrels they have in their arsenal.
Avery Ill Dolia is an American wild ale, 44% aged in Madeira, 31% in Cabernet Sauvignon, and 25% Carcavelos barrels.
No. 29 is a Byzantine and beautiful blend from the rarest and most expensive barrels we’ve ever filled. And worth every damn penny.
Avery Ill Dolia was bottled in May, 2015. The beer will release on Sunday, July 12th.
Avery Fortuna (No. 28) was just recently released.
Style: American Wild/Sour Ale (w/ Barrel Aged. Wine Aged.)
Availability: 12oz bottles. 285 cases produced.
Stone Brewing Company looks to bring the nerd gang back together with another release of Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout.
Back in 2013, Stone’s co-founder Greg Koch teamed up with Will Wheaton (aka Wesley Crusher from Star Trek: Next Gen) and Fark.com founder Drew Curtis. The group created an Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout, imperial stout with pecans and rye malt that was partially barrel aged. Then, 2014 rolled around and brought w00tstout 2.0, and a new actress into the collaboration, Aisha Tyler.
Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout is back on shelves again, with the original folks back at the brewing realm. For this third edition, the brewery added last year’s vintage that Stone has been aging in bourbon for more than a year.
This years artwork was created by comic book cover artist Dave “The Reverend” Johnson. Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout is now available in 22oz bottles starting July 8th, 2015.
Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Pecans, Rye, Barrel Aged. Bourbon)
Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft
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, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA and Puerto Rico
Internationally: Australia; Alberta and British Columbia, Canada; Japan; and Singapore
Arrival: July, 2015
13% ABV, 45 IBUs
Sierra Nevada Barrel-Aged Ovila Dubbel is headed back to distribution soon. Back in September of 2012, bottles of the collaboration with the Abbey of New Clairvaux were distributed and limited to California.
This round, Sierra Nevada aged Ovila Dubbel in red wine and bourbon barrels.
…a complex blend of caramel-like malt flavors with notes of black cherry and vanilla
Sierra Nevada Barrel-Aged Ovila Dubbel is available in 750ml corked and caged bottles.