Schlafly Coconut Creme Ale, the brewery’s second “dessert beer” offering, debuts on April 10th.
Last year’s Double Bean Blonde was great success for Schlafly. The blonde ale featured cocoa nibs and French roast coffee. Fans fell in loved with it, and and have been demanding a follow-up.
Creating Schlafly Coconut Creme Ale required a hefty amount of fresh coconuts, and toasted coconut for aging. The brewery has a habit of using fresh ingredients instead of extracts. That’s important when we talk about flavor.
Nuance is everything in Coconut Creme Ale. This beer is crisp and light and malty. Almost like a lager if you didn’t know better. The use of fresh coconut comes into play at the end of the sip. The subtle wisp of real coconut is what you chase from start to finish. Perfect for spring time on the porch.
Schlafly Coconut Creme Ale will be available in 12 ounce bottles starting April 10th. Little paper umbrellas not included.
5.5% ABV, 17 IBUS
PIC: Beer Street Journal
SweetWater Torikumi, a collaboration with Colorado based Telluride Brewing,
This release is where the brewery’s side project series known as “Dank Tank” is going to a get a little weird. SweetWater Torikumi is a blonde ale, infused with wasabi.
Wasabi, which shares its family with the likes of mustard and horseradish, is pungent. The vapors alone will wake you out of a coma. According to SweetWater, a lighter style was chosen to accentuate the flavor of wasabi, while still being crisp and drinkable. The idea is NOT to destroy your senses with each sip.
This isn’t wasabi’s first rodeo in brewing. Back in 2014, Dogfish Head created Rosabi, an imperial pale ale brewed with the aromatic plant. Foodies were instantly in love the ale.
Sumo Danko vs King Dragon Fish: Two men enter, one man leaves. Sumo Danko hails from the back hills of Georgia, is feared and revered for his fists of fury, oversized sack of hops, low-grade narcolepsy, and a penchant for buggery.
King Dragon Fish is a mountain dweller from TaHellYaRide, with an insane ability to break trees with his ankles, occasional bouts with gout and high altitude Tommy boy foolishness; usually found face down….
SweetWater Torikumi will be availalble in 16 ounce cans and draft. The brewery has not yet announced this beer.
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft
The latest from Spoetzl Brewery – Shiner Golden Ale.
This is another great example of what the brewery does best. Easy drinking, approachable beers. Well water from underneath the brewery and Mosaic hops highlight Shiner Golden Ale. The beer is crisp, clean and refreshing.
That description may sound a bit derived, but let’s put it in the context of Spoetzl. Premium, Homespun Cream Ale, Black Lager – all lighter styles the brewery does quite well. Golden Ale in all it’s Mosaic goodness is a great right along side them all. Perfect for rocking chair on a porch on a hot day.
Look for Shiner Golden Ale year-round starting this month in 12 ounce bottles, and draft.
Style: Blonde Ale
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: March, 2017
4.6% ABV, 22 IBUs
Wicked Weed Lunatic Blonde, a Belgian-style blonde ale is now available in cans.
The Belgian-styles that have come out of the Asheville, North Carolina based brewery have started with Wicked Weed Lunatic Blonde. Visitors to the original brewpub have seen this beer open fermenting behind the glass in the basement brewhouse. That recipe the was finally perfected and given year-round availability as of January, 2016.
“When we first talked about crafting Belgian beers for our portfolio, open fermentation was really important to us,” explains Walt Dickinson, owner and Head Blender, “We wanted to craft beers that felt like the Old World, but with a New World perspective. Lunatic Blonde has become the base that we build everything else off of because it’s the most straightforward beer and there’s nothing to hide behind. It’s all about yeast character and fermentation.”
Wicked Weed Lunatic Blonde is now available in 12 ounce cans, and draft. Available the week of Valentine’s Day at the brewery, distribution shortly after.
Style: Belgian-style Blonde Ale
Availability: 11.2oz Bottles, Draft. Year-round.
Release (Cans): February, 2017
A bit of bottled tropical for the colder months, that will be around for the warmer months as well. Funky Buddha Pineapple Beach is headed to shelves.
As the name suggests, pineapple is the star of Pineapple Beach. The blonde ale base features pilsner malt, a touch of wheat and citrus hops that compliment the tropical fruit headliner.
Funky Buddha Pineapple Beach fills a demand that we’re seeing for sessionable beers that appeal to a broad range of craft consumers. It’s easy-drinking but flavorful, which is exactly what our customers have been asking for.” – KC Sentz, co-owner and general manager of Funky Buddha Brewery
Funky Buddha Pineapple Beach is the first year-round addition to the Boca Raton, Florida based brewery since early 2016. Look for it in 12 ounce bottles and draft starting in February, 2017.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: February, 2017
5% ABV, 20 IBUs
Dogfish Head Beer to Drink Music To a seasonal that joined the the Delaware based brewery’s lineup earlier this year, has returned again in 2017, with a new style in tow.
The first edition of this seasonal was a Belgian-style tripel, brewed with Sweet Orange Peel, Green Cardamon, Peppercorns, Vanilla.
Dogfish Head Beer to Drink Music To’17 is a “tropical blonde ale” brewed with kiwi juice and hibiscus flowers.
Dogfish Head is no stranger to beer and music collaborations – (see Positive Contact, American Beauty, Beer Thousand, etc.) This time, the beer be will be for whatever you want to listen to. Meet the official beer of Record Store Day – Dogfish Head Beer to Drink Music To.
In case you vinyl isn’t your thing, Record Store Day is in April, celebrating independently owned record stores worldwide.
Dogfish Head Beer to Drink Music To ’17 is a 12 ounce bottle and draft limited seasonal release.
New Belgium Whizbang joins the Colorado/North Carolina powerhouse brewery’s lineup this month.
In case you missed the trend, New Belgium loves seasonals. So much so that new seasonals on average only stick around for 2 to 3 years. It’s not spring yet, but spring seasonals don’t pay attention to temperatures.
Billed as a “sessionable spring alternative”, New Belgium Whizbang is a hoppy blonde ale brewed with a heavy dose of Mosaic hops.
“Whizbang offers a blast of hops, thus the name, yet it’s still crisp and quaffable, It’s hoppy complexity and balanced drinkability makes it a great go-to beer for the late winter and early spring season.” – Bryan Simpson, media relations director for New Belgium.
New Belgium Whizbang, aka a “full flavored taste explosion”, is a 12 ounce bottle and draft offering from January to March, 2017.
Style: Blonde Ale
Hops: Nugget, Simcoe, UK Admiral, Mosaic, Centennial
Malts: Pale, Caramel 80, and Munich
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Jan-March
Debut: January, 2017