Full Sail Session has iconic status in our book. The stubby bottled lager has a beer identity all its own. This winter it is joined by fruitier option – Full Sail Session Black Cherry Black.
A few years ago, the Hood River, Oregon brewery added Session Black to the lineup. The year-round black lager is known for its roasty chocolate flavors. Starting this month, you can throw cherries into the mix.
Full Sail Session Black Cherry Black uses Session Black as the base beer, plus a dash of dark cherry flavor. The result is what the brewery describes as a cherry cordial.
This new Session is Session Black with a cherry on top – actually, it’s more like a cherry cordial without the brandy. The aroma and flavor of cherry complements the smooth chocolate character of this dark lager.” – Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter
Full Sail Session Black Cherry Black is available in 12 ounce bottles in the Session Series 12 Pack, and Session Mashup Variety Pack through April, 2017.
The Veil Brewing Never Sufficient, part of the brewery’s Limited Release Series, debuts today in cans.
Using Veil’s house gose (known as Never), the brewery added a “crap load” of Montmorency cherries and black lava salt. Beer Street Journal had a taste of this beer earlier this week. The finished beer is very bright, with a very fresh cherry flavor, and a subtle tart finish. The color is absolutely stunning.
The Veil Brewing Never Sufficient is available in 16 ounce cans, in 4 packs at the brewery in Richmond, Virginia. $16 dollars each.
Founders Frootwood is now a February release by the Grand Rapids, Michigan brewery.
Much of the brewery’s barrel-aged offerings are found in the Backstage Series with a couple of exceptions – the highly desired Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) and Backwoods Bastard. Incidentally, the next big barrel-aged release by Founders, known as Lizard of Koz, debuted in December. Blueberries and bourbon were a great way to finish out a really weird year.
February will bring Founders Frootwood is a cherry ale, aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels. Speaking of which, Founders ages another ridiculously popular beer in maple syrup bourbon – Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS).
We took a crisp, light-bodied cherry ale and hid it away in oak barrels that held both bourbon and maple syrup. After a lengthy sting, it emerged a changed beer, blanketed in notes of warm vanilla and earthy sweetness. The wood proves itself the star of this beer, adding depth and taming the tart cherry while the maple imposes a velvety texture that lingers for not a moment too long.
A few things to note, Founders Frootwood will be both a 12 ounce and 750 milliliter bottle release, as well as draft. Part of a newly branded “Barrel Aged Series” which will be the new monicker for the brewery’s barrel-aged lineup in 2017 forward.
The brewery now states Frootwood will debut in February, 2017.
Wicked Weed Oh My Quad is one of the latest releases from the Asheville, North Carolina brewery.
According to Wicked Weed, this release might just be a one-off, so snag one now.
Wicked Weed Oh My Quad is a Belgian-style quadrupel ale, aged in wine foeders with cherries. The brewery will be parting with the wine vessels in the near future, potentially ending any future re-brews of this strong ale.
Wicked Weed Oh My Quad is now a 12.7 ounce bottle release.
Lost Abbey Santo Ron Diego is returning to the brewery’s lineup once again in December, with a few changes in tow.
The beer was a big hit when it was released in 2015, and Tomme Arthur and brewery crew knew it had to be brewed again. Lost Abbey Santo Ron Diego (2016) features a new twist – cherries, vanilla beans, and cacao nibs. It spent a full 14 months in rum barrels.
“We were really happy with last year’s version but we wanted to add a bit more complexity to help bring the rum notes out with this year’s batch.” – Tomme Arthur, co-founder, The Lost Abbey
In order to have more of Santo to go around, the Lost Abbey is making this release draft only. The big 13.5% rum barreled monster hits distribution in December. Happy hunting.
Wild Heaven Height of Civilization, the brewery’s barrel aged Civilization Barleywine returns to the wild this week.
In 2014, the brewery purchased Dulce Vida Organic Tequila barrels ahead of this release. Wild Heaven Height of Civilization spent four months aging in the barrels prior to bottling.
The base beer, Wild Heaven Civilization Barleywine, brewed with dried Prussian lemons, Iranian hibiscus, tart cherries, cranberries, and cocoa nibs that have been re-hydrated in Four Roses bourbon.
The beer has been so well received, Wild Heaven got a hold of more Dulce Vida tequila barrels to bring this complex beer back once again.
Wild Heaven Height of Civilization is available in 750ml bottles for a limited time.
Below, the beer enters the barrel. Pic: Wild Heaven
Rogue Rolling Thunder, is a barrel aged imperial stout. Think that’s not very unique in the beer industry these days? When it comes to this beer, think again.
For the barrel-aged beers you’ve had in the past, the process looks like this – buy wet bourbon whiskey barrels, brew a big imperial stout. Place in barrels. Wait. Bottle.
For Rogue to do the same thing… they just wouldn’t be Rogue. This is the “Rogue” way to release a barrel-aged imperial stout. Grow your own hops and malts in nearby Independence and Hood River, Oregon. Mash in on a new brew at your brewhouse in Newport, Oregon. Take some of that beer mash and distill in into white whiskey. Cooper your own barrels. Char those barrels. Age your whiskey those barrels. Take the whiskey out, and put your homegrown, imperial stout in those barrels. Age, and bottle.
Absolute insanity. Also, a way to take “craft” to the next level.
Rogue Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout is a culmination of their own farmers, brewers, coopers, distillers, and by-hand swing top packaging team. Brewed with eight different grains, Rogue Liberty and Freedom hops, plus brown sugar, dark cherries, vanilla and chocolate. Then aged for six months in Dead Guy Whiskey barrels.
Rolling Thunder is on shelves now, but limited. A big, luscious beer with dessert-like qualities, full of chocolate, vanilla and of course, whiskey flavors. Rogue wasn’t stingy on the size either. Drink this beer with friends. Keep in mind the homegrown ingredients and talents spanning hundreds of miles across Oregon it took to make this beer.
Rogue Rolling Thunder is available in 1 liter swing top bottles, in limited quantities starting July 15th. and if you are lucky, still waiting for you on a shelf near you.