The “peanut butter jelly sandwich in a glass” beer returns on March 1st, and this year it arrives with new variants.
Catawba Peanut Butter Jelly Time launched in 2012 – a bready brown ale brewed with wheat, raspberry puree, and North Carolina peanuts. Every year the release has grown in popularity prompting special taproom release parties.
This year, look for Catawba Peanut Butter Jelly Time Strawberry Rhubarb cans in extremely limited quantities alongside the seasonal favorite. While we couldn’t get confirmation from the brewery, we assume the base recipe is the same, along with strawberry and rhubarb additions.
Alongside the two canned releases, a third release – Black Currant will be available on tap.
Catawba Peanut Butter Jelly Time Strawberry Rhubarb will be available in limited 16-ounce cans and draft in the brewery’s tap room starting March 1st.
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Catawba Peanut Butter Jelly Time is like drinking a piece of your childhood. If you haven’t tried this beer, mark your calendars for March 1st.
Brewed with raspberries and aged on peanuts, this beer should take you back to a simpler time. Before bills, acne breakouts, and hangovers. (That last one depends on how much of this nostalgia you take part in…)
Does it taste like a sandwich? Pretty much. Brewing with peanut butter and the sugar blob that is jelly isn’t the greatest of ideas. The base beer is a roasty brown ale, aged for weeks on fresh raspberries and peanuts. What makes this beer even more fun to drink, is the arc of flavor you get as it warms. Colder, this beer tastes like peanut butter. Warmer, more sticky jelly notes appear. Because Peanut Butter Jelly Time is a brown ale instead of a stout, it really is a smooth, childhood reminiscent, comfort beer.
When your mom packed a PB&J sandwich in your school lunchbox, the flavors all melded into pure comfort food by noon. Well, we recreated this childhood goodness in a beer! This light brown ale is brewed from five different grains and then aged for weeks on raspberries and roasted peanuts. Take a sip, let flavors mingle on your palate, and enjoy our PB&J in a glass.
New for 2019, the brewery is canning a Strawberry Rhubarb variant available in the taproom, as well as new, draft only, Black Currant edition.
Catawba Peanut Butter Jelly Time! is available in 16-ounce cans in the tap room starting March 1st, hitting distribution shortly after.
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Funky Buddha Muy Bonita is back in action in March.
A big sister to the Oakland Park, Florida based brewery’s Bonita Applebum Apple Pie Brown (note the allusion to A Tribe Called Quest), Funky Buddha Muy Bonita is anything but small. The imperial brown ale is brewed with apple, cinnamon, and vanilla. Definitely, the bigger, badder “bum”.
The big sister to our Bonita Applebum Apple Pie Brown, Muy Bonita is a bigger, badder ‘bum. This double brown ale flaunts a bodacious body and a stunning combination of real cinnamon, vanilla, and apples. So thick, she’s like a hip hop song.
Funky Buddha Muy Bonita is a part of the brewery’s Small Batch Series, with likes of Lemon Meringue Pie, and Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. Available in 22 ounce bottles for a limited time starting March 19th.
8.8% ABV, 35 IBUs
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There’s a new breakfast beer in coming to Kansas City, Missouri. Boulevard Requiem for a Pancake debuts on March 1st.
This beer starts with a smattering of oak barrels that held Woodinville Whiskey Co. rye and bourbon, before aging maple syrup. These little eight-gallon barrels were perfect for a small batch beer for tap room patrons and friends.
The brewery rested an imperial brown ale into the twice used barrels and waited.
Boulevard Requiem for a Pancake will be available to the public at the brewery on March 1st, in 12 ounce bottles.
Athens, Georgia based Terrapin Beer Company has rebooted their Single Origin Coffee Series, a collaboration with coffee roaster Jittery Joes. Terrapin Single Origin Coffee Brown Ale is on shelves now.
In 2016, Terrapin launched the first Single Origin Coffee lineup. The brew team created a simple base stout that would show off the flavor of the coffee. Jittery Joe’s roasters is less than a mile from the brewery, who hand selected and roasted the beans.
For this round, Terrapin chose a brown ale to accentuate the flavors of thecoffee. The base brown ale has been specifically created with very muted hop flavor in order boost the new coffee varietals.
Coffee vs. Beer. Beer vs. Coffee.
The first round taught us a lot about coffee’s impact on the beer. The base beer recipe truly was perfect to show off the contrast in the coffee beans that Jittery Joe’s brought into the fold. This edition is no different. The four coffees featured are fantastic, and really pop thanks to the muted brown ale base. A real treat for the coffee snobs in your life. Our only suggestion – drink a bit closer to cellar temperature – 45-55 degrees for full flavor.
Terrapin Single Origin Coffee Brown Ale brings with it four different coffees:
- Costa Rica Tarrazu – Milk Chocolate, Cherries
- Ecuador Zamora-Chinchipe – Sweet, Citrus
- Indonesia Bali-Kintamni – Dark Fruit, Black Pepper
- Kenya Ndaroini – Marzipan, Slightly tart
Terrapin Single Origin Coffee Brown is available in 12 ounce bottles, in a mix 4-pack release (one of each bottle).
Buzz beer might be the perfect term for Flat 12 Downtown Tinker Brown. The Indianapolis, Indiana based brewery has a coffee laden seasonal headed to shelves.
It may be too early to think about spring seasonals, but you’ll be able to enjoy this one until it feels warmer. Sean Lewis, Flat 12’s head brewer, created a brown ale brewed with milk sugar, and single-origin Colombian coffee beans roasted to by the experts at Tinker Coffee.
“We met the guys at Tinker Coffee through mutual friends around their opening November 2014. We really liked their coffee so we paid them a visit and proposed trading for beer. That led to talks about creating some beers together. It’s cool to be able to work with friends in different local industries and we’re really looking forward to our first can release.” – Head Brewer Sean Lewis
This is the first time the duo have created a full scale collaboration. Last year, Tinker Coffee provided beans for a variant of Flat 12’s Pinko Russian Imperial Stout.
Flat 12 Downtown Tinker Brown is now available in 12 ounce cans and draft, as a spring 2017 seasonal.
6% ABV, 28 IBUs
Tallgrass Backpacker Brown joins the Manhattan, Kansas brewery’s year-round lineup this fall.
The brown ale boasts a toasty, caramel-like aroma, hopped with Chinook, Crystal, and Centennial hops.
Dark malts give it a rich, robust mouthfeel and a toasty, caramel-like aroma, with a generous dose of Northwestern hops providing a tasty balance of resiny and citrus hop flavors.
Tallgrass Backpacker Brown hits draft in late-September, early October. 16 ounce cans will be on shelves by late October.
Style: Brown Ale
Hops: Chinook, Crystal, Centennial
Malts: 2Row Pale, Munich, Black, C60, Victory, Carapils
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Year-round.
Debut: September/October, 2016