There will be two releases in New Holland’s Dragon’s Milk Reserve Series this year. The first ships this week (Mid-April, 2014) – Dragon’s Milk with Toasted Chilies.
Coming this fall, the brewery will release Dragon’s Milk with Raspberries.
“The raspberry Reserve is equally amazing,” says Brett VanderKamp [Brewery President]. “It will definitely appeal to those who love that tangy tartness of raspberries and those who are a little scared of the chilies…”
Look for New Holland Dragon’s Milk with Raspberries in late fall, 2014.
This week, New Holland Brewing (Holland, MI) will ship a brand new version of their famed Dragon’s Milk Imperial Stout, Dragon’s Milk Reserve with Toasted Chilies.
For this Reserve blend, the brewery took the base imperial stout and aged it bourbon barrels for three months, just like Dragon’s Milk, but this time with the toasted peppers.
“Our festival-fans might remember it as ‘Smaug’s Breath’ but in market you’ll see it as Dragon’s Milk Reserve with Toasted Chilies, even though it’s essentially the same recipe.”
New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve with Toasted Chilies ships this week in 22oz bombers. The original Dragon’s Milk was first brewed in 2001.
Avery Brewing’s (Boulder, CO) Barrel Aged Series rolls on with the 22nd addition, 5 Monks.
This edition is described as bigger and bolder than a quad, a sextuple of sorts. To sound less profane they went another way with the description. This bigger than life quadrupel is brewed with turbinado sugar and dark Belgian candi sugar and aged in bourbon barrels.
So yeah, it’s MUCH bigger and bolder than a quad. But the term “sextuple” seems inappropriate alongside a congregation of monks – so quintupel it is!
Avery 5 Monks will be released in 12oz bottles in June, 2014.
This newest “gotta have it” from Westbrook Brewing in Charleston, SC is Siberian Black Magic Panther.
This imperial stout spent two full years aging in bourbon barrels. If it follows flavor suit alongside the rest of Westbrook’s barrel aged offerings, it’s worth fighting over.
This beer is as hairy as a Siberian…or as a panther. And you better believe it because It gets the black magic from sitting for two years in bourbon barrels. During those years It gathered its rage…a rage this mythical beast of an imperial stout wants to unleash on your taste buds.
Best served at 55 degrees In a tulip or snifter glass. This beer has already been aged for 2 years, don’t cellar It!
Look for Westbrook Siberian Black Magic Panther in 22oz bottles.
Style: Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged. Bourbon)
Availability: 22oz Bombers. Limited
Note: This may have already hit shelves in SC. GA gets bottles this week.
The Lost Abbey (San Marcos, CA) is releasing a new offering in their barrel-aged portfolio, Agave Maria Ale.
Agave Maria is a strong ale brewed with agave nectar, and then aged in both Anejo and Reposado barrels for 10 months.
Agave Maria has hints of black pepper, sweet sugar, oatmeal, and oak with an earthy, bitter smoked chocolate on the finish. The base beer, a new Agave strong ale, was created specifically to pair with the spiciness of the Tequila, adding a sweet honey-like quality to the beer.
The artwork was created Sean Dominguez, the brewery’s resident artist. Lost Abbey Agave Maria Ale will be packaged in 375ml corked and caged bottles, and distributed across the brewery’s entire distribution network. Agave Maria will be a spring seasonal after this first release.
A field trip Boulevard Brewing Co.’s barrel aging facility? You could be so lucky…