Asheville, North Carolina’s Hi-Wire Brewing has been absolutely killing it with the artwork. Don’t believe us? See Hi-Wire 10W-40 Imperial Stout. Coming in February is some more awesome artwork, found in the Hi-Wire Collaboration 12-Pack. If you’ve ever used a can of spray paint, or stepped foot in the paint section of a hardware store, you’ll find something familiar with this branding.
It has been a while since Hi-Wire has been able to collaborate with other breweries, thanks to the time it has taken to get settled in with their new production facility. When time opened up on the production schedule, they opted to go big.
Holy City co-owner Jeff Moreadith is a lover of lighter beers, as well as an Asheville resident. Together, they created Carolina Coastal Black Rye Lager using Seashore Black Rye, a malt grown outside Charleston, South Carolina.
The 12-pack will be rounded out with Hi-Wire’s flagship beers: Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPA, Hi-Wire Lager, and Hi-Wire Gose.
Look for Hi-Wire Collaboration 12-pack throughout the brewery’s entire distribution footprint in mid-February, 2017.
Sierra Nevada Trip in the Woods Barrel Aged Narwhal is hitting shelves nationally.
Variants of this type are typically only found at Sierra Nevada’s taprooms. This time, you are in luck. Narwhal, the brewery’s imperial stout has been spending some time in bourbon barrels with red and black currants – both types of gooseberries. Red currants are a bit like muscadine grapes in flavor. Black – a bit like concentrated blackberries.
We age this rich, chocolatey Imperial Stout in bourbon barrels with a mix of both red currants and black currants for a pop of sweet and tart flavor. The deep, rich notes of the stout blend well with the berries in barrels to create complex flavors of coca and coconut with a mellow fruit undertone.
The base, which is barrel-aged Narwahl, is a big, boozy imperial stout. The berries muted the boozy aspects of this beer a bit. While we can’t say we are experts on red vs. black currants, this beer seems to be very black currant heavy. The mix of berries, chocolate and bourbon, turn this beer into a something of a cocktail, or dessert. You be the judge.
Sierra Nevada Trip in the Woods Barrel Aged Narwhal is avaialbe in limited quantities in 750 milliliter bottles.
The Commons Brewery (Portland, OR) releases a new seasonal today, Biere Royale. The funky beer debuts during the annual Puckerfest.
Biere Royale a sour ale brewed with black currants. It’s modeled French cocktail Kir Royale, typically made with white wine and blackcurrant liqueur.
The Commons Brewery Biere Royale will be available in 750ml capped bottles and in limited draft.
Availability: 750ml bottles, Draft. Mid-July – Mid-August
Allagash Brewing (Portland, ME) has been working on a beer with currant berries for a little bit. Now we know what it will be…. Currant Affair.
Currants are berries that grow on shrubs, and come in black, red and white varieties. Red and black are most commonly used of the three, with red being more tart than the black and white berries.
Allagash Currant Affair will be available in 12.7oz bottles.
Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Currants)
Availability: 12.7oz Bottles
Fun Fact: Maury Povich was an anchor on the TV “Current Affair.” Before going all tabloid-y.
Deschutes Brewery celebrates 25 years this year. A big milestone for sure. Coming late June is Black Butte XXV. This 25th Birthday Reserveis brewed with dates, figs, black currants, and cocoa nibs. Partially aged in bourbon barrels. Best time to drink will be a year from now. (Totally serious.)
Using select cocoa nibs and locally roasted coffee, Deschutes partnered with equally passionate local artisans to craft this potent, colossal homage to Black Butte Porter. A final aging in aromatic whiskey barrels infuses a truly handcrafted depth and the complexity of fine wine.
Mikkeller unleashes a new round of Spontaneous Series beers in 2013. Joining the series is SpontanCassis. You know cassis as the black currant. The fruit is added to the base beer, a lambic fermented in oak.
Style: Lambic (w/ Black Currant)
Availability: 11.2 oz bottles
Lambic, The Rundown.
A lambic is a spontaneously fermented beer. What’s that? The beer is exposed to wild yeasts and bacteria. In this case (most likely) these wild yeasts live in the oak of the barrels they are aged in. The result is a tart/sour tasting beer.