German chocolate cake in a can? This is it. The Bruery Geburtstagskranz 2019 is now available.
It’s no secret that The Bruery loves big flavorful beers, and this oddly named release is no different. If our German is even close to correct, Geburtstagskranz means “birthday wreath”. The wreath is typically a decorated wooden circle where candles are lit instead of putting them on the birthday cake.
While that tradition is typically for kids, this beer is definitely for adults. The base beer is an imperial stout, aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla, cacao nibs, and tart cherries. The Bruery describes this release as “rich, with notes of sweet vanilla, chocolate, and tart juicy cherries”.
The Bruery Geburtstagskranz 2019 is available in 16oz cans ($12) and 4-packs ($42) each. Limited release.
Ten-Fidy has a pretty epic reputation in craft beer. This April, you are going to see it a whole new way, in the form of Oskar Blues JAHVanilla.
This edition of Ten-Fidy is a blend of bourbon barrel-aged stout and double bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout, with HotBox Roasters cold brew coffee and Madagascar vanilla beans. The brewery aged it slightly until the flavors blended well. Last year’s release was not blended with the double-barrel.
“The blending of double-barrel aged FIDY and barrel-aged FIDY this year is pretty special. It adds to the complexity and depth of JAHvanilla. Then we hit it with premium vanilla and cold brew and the beer hulks out with flavor.” Tim Matthews, Head of Brewing Operations
Oskar Blues JAHvanilla Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy Imperial Stout will only available in the brewery’s Longmont, Colorado and Brevard, North Carolina taprooms on April 20th.
Style: Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged. Vanilla Beans. Coffee.)
Availability: 19.2 Cans
New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Maple, along with Dragon’s Milk Reserve Oatmeal Cookie, are two new potential Dragon’s Milk variations coming in the near future.
The “Reserve Series” is home to variations of the brewery’s Dragon’s Milk, a barrel-aged imperial stout. The beer is aged in New Holland Spirits bourbon barrels. These variations include Banana Coconut, S’mores, Mexican Spice Cake, Vanilla Chai Spice, even the extremely addictive Rum Barrel Coconut.
On deck – Dragon’s Milk Reserve Maple, an 11% alcohol by volume maple heavy edition. Neither Oatmeal Cookie or Maple have been officially announced by the brewery.
New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Maple is a 12-ounce bottle and draft limited release. TBA.
New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Oatmeal Cookie, a new variant on the year-round barrel-aged imperial stout is on the horizon.
A few years ago the brewery starting brewing up variations of their well-loved barrel-aged imperial stout, Dragon’s Milk. To date, we’ve seen versions like Chocolate Orange, Banana Coconut, and even Smores. Now it looks like an Oatmeal Cookie variant is on the way.
If history tells us anything, expect cinnamon, cloves oats, and even raisin flavors, complimenting the vanilla and chocolate background of Dragon’s Milk.
New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Oatmeal Cookie will be available in 12-ounce bottles and draft. The brewery has not yet announced this release.
Birdsong Turtles on Pterodactyls, a small batch release series returns to spotlight on Valentine’s Day.
Truly a beer name you won’t forget, with a flavor you won’t forget, Turtles on Pterodactyls is first and foremost in imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels. When the beer was first released 4 years ago, that’s exactly what it was. Now there’s more turtle and more Pterodactyl. Birdsong has added cinnamon, coffee from Central Coffee Company, cocoa nibs, and serrano peppers into the recipe.
One day, friendly Dino turtles were caught in a volcanic corruption – the dangers time to be slow and steady. Fortunately, the vigilant Pterodactyl Rescue Squad noticed just in time! The dactyls swoops down with a thunderous call! And hitched the turtles to the rescue vests. Hot lava covered the earth but the turtle dudes were safe and sound. Want to be a pterodactyl? Harness their brave and gentle spirits but sharing this beer with a dinosaur loving friend. Cowabunga!
Birdsong Turtles on Pterodactyls is a part of the brewery’s Take Flight Series. 16-ounce cans are available in the taproom when it opens on February 14th.
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Brewery release.
Latest Return: 2/14/19
New Holland Dragon’s Milk White debuts year-round in the coming weeks.
The Holland, Michigan based brewery had Dragon’s Milk, a barrel-aged imperial stout, for many years now. It is will one of the most popular year-round barrel-aged stouts in America. Over the past few years, we’ve seen variants of Dragon’s Milk – Chocolate Orange, Banana Coconut, S’mores & more.
After a few days of social media teasing, we now know there is a second Dragon’s Milk to be found year-round – Dragon’s Milk White.
We equate a “white stout” to something like Crystal Pepsi. If you close your eyes, it kind of tastes like Pepsi, or in this case, a stout, but looks nothing like it in color. This stout pours a golden color instead of something resembling motor oil. New Holland states Dragon’s Milk White is “smooth and creamy”, with “flavors of oak, vanilla, cocoa and a hint of bourbon”.
If this wasn’t something completely new, this is the first time you’ve seen any Dragon’s Milk in a 12-ounce can.
Expect to see New Holland Dragon’s Milk White in 12-ounce cans and draft year-round this year.
This Friday, America’s oldest brewery will release a beer that’s a little different from the famed Amber Lager. Yuengling Bourbon Barrel Reserve is coming to Pottsville, Pennsylvania.
Prior to modern refrigeration, brewers of the world used cold caves to ferment beer at colder temperatures. Incidentally, Yuengling has their own hand-dug caves that were in heavy use in the 1800s. It is there that the brewery has been resting a Marzen-style beer in bourbon barrels for 120 days prior to its release.
As much as this release might excite the hardcore Yuengling fans, Bourbon Barrel Reserve is not only draft-only but solely available at the Pottsville taproom on January 11th at 5 pm.