Think tropical. Think about that impossibly red kids drink that stained everything and got the entire kindergarten class wired. The Veil Brewing Never Aloha, a new gose might come close.
This beer is all bout Hawaii. The Richmond, Virginia brewer used the Hawaiian sea salt, a necessary ingredient in gose as a part of the base beer. Not tropical enough for you? Next is hundreds of pounds of of passionfruit, pineapple, mango, blood orange, and cherry purée.
The finishing move: a touch of Hawaiian Punch drink mix. Yeah, they’ve gone there. Over the top trop(ical).
The Veil Brewing Never Aloha debuts today at the brewery in 16 ounce cans. Just don’t wear a white shirt when cracking the can.
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Victory Kirsch Gose the Downingtown, Pennsylvania brewery’s seasonal gose, returns to shelves once again March 1st.
Cherries are truly the star in this slightly tart, sour beer. The fruit is fresh, the finish is tart, wrapped up in a light bodied ale. Perfect for spring. New for 2017, the beer is available in 6 packs (4 packs previously).
A bold and bright step outside the norm, this new twist on an old-world German brewing process excites your senses with the sharp and sweet burst of fresh cherries. Effervescent and sublime, this session ale has an enticing and satisfying cherry fruit character. European tradition and American ingenuity come together in the truest sense as you Taste Victory in Kirsch Gose.
Look for Victory Kirsch Gose is available 12oz bottles and draft again March 1st, 2017.
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Abita Cypress Kriek
Funky Buddha The Love Below goes on sale at the brewery again on February 15th.
The base beer is Funky’s Nikolai Vorlauf Imperial Russian Stout, that has been aged in both Cabernet barrels and bourbon barrels. The barrels were then blended together with real cherries and 100% chocolate.
Thick and sultry, this is a beer best consumed with a very special friend.
Funky Buddha The Love Below will be available at the brewery again on February 15th, 2017.
12% ABV, 40 IBUs
Wicked Weed Chocolate Covered Black Angel first appeared as a last minute surprise when the Asheville, North Carolina brewery released Angel of Darkness in December of 2015. The beer was just a blip on the radar for many, as the release was extremely limited.
Good news. This bit of dessert beer goodness is back in action – on sale now at the brewery once again.
Chocolate Covered Black Angel is a spin on the brewery’s Black Angel, a bourbon barrel-aged dark sour/wild ale, featuring extra Montmorency cherries, plus 100 pounds of cocoa nibs from local chocolatier, French Broad.
Chocolate covered Black Angel is our sour aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels. After the beer rest in barrels, we then blend into steel tanks with over 2 pounds per gallon of tart Montmorency cherries and copious amounts of Honduran cacao nibs from French Broad chocolates.
Wicked Weed Chocolate Covered Black Angel is everything you love about Black Angel, plus the added richness of cocoa. When we say decadent, we mean it. Each sip finds vanilla bourbon oak dancing with the chocolatey flavors, finishing slightly tart, thanks to that hefty dose of cherries. Love poems n to included.
Those seeking Wicked Weed Chocolate Covered Black Angel will find 500 milliliter bottles waiting for you at the brewery in Asheville. Go now.
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Rodenbach Fruitage the first cans in the United States by the Belgian brewery, debuts in March.
This new innovation by the world renown sour maker is blend of old and young beer. 25% of the final beer is 2 year old traditional Rodenbach foeder beer, and 75% young ale.
The blend was then aged on cherries and elderberries.
Rodenbach Fruitage is a sessionable 4.2% alcohol by volume, and be available in 8.5 ounce “slim” cans, in 4 packs. The price looks to be quite tempting as well, expected to retail around $6.99 per 4-pack.
Distributors are welcome to make orders in the U.S. ahead of the March, 2017 debut.
Founders Frootwood kicks off a year of barrel-aged releases 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).
A flavor Battle Royale.
From the moment this story hit Beer Street Journal, the discussion was focused around the flavor. Fear of too much cherry. Fear of the beer being too sweet or too boozy. The result? Honestly, a “Battle Royale” of flavor. Each sip pulls you three ways. The main contenders are bourbon, cherries and maple syrup. Every time you think you have it figured out, you’re forced to go back for more. When you hear someone say a beer is “all over the place,” Frootwood is a great example. Sip this one in a rocking chair while pondering the meaning of life.
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 is 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. On shelves starting in late January.
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