Terrapin Beer Company (Athens, GA) is pushing the envelope with new beers and flavors this year. Last week, Green Flash was in the brewery to cream an orange creamsicle IPA. Next up is Side Project #23, Guano Loco.
Chili pepper brownie ale peak your interest? For this edition, the brewery combined flavors of chocolate from cocoa nibs, and chilies to give your palate something as confusing as it is fun.
Like a piñata bursting at the seams, Guano Loco “Chili Pepper Brownie Ale” explodes with a flavor from a myriad of directions. Chocolaty sweetness melds brilliantly with a spicy head to make this beer a fiesta in your glass…Ole’
Look for Terrapin Guano Loco in 22oz bombers and draft for a limited time. What does Guano Loco mean? This might help.
Read more: Terrapin Side Project Series
Odell Brewing (Fort Collins, CO) has announced another release of their Footprint RegionAle. The beer is made with ingredients sourced from each state in the brewery’s distribution footprint. The first release of Footprint was 2012.
A total of 11 states create Footprint RegionAle. The ingredient rundown look like this:
- Colorado – Hops & Barley
- Arizona – Prickly Pear Juice
- Idaho – Hops & Barley
- Kansas – Wheat
- Minnesota – Wild Rice
- Missouri – Oak Barrels
- Nebraska – Corn
- New Mexico – Green Chilies
- South Dakota – Barley & Honey
- Texas – Grapefruit Juice
- Wyoming – Wheat
“We added a new state to our footprint this year, so we had to add a new ingredient,” said pilot brewing and barrel aging manager, Brent Cordle. “Texas grapefruit was a scrumptious addition to this year’s beer.”
Odell Footprint RegionAle releases at a party at the brewery on April 19th, 2014. 750ml bottles will ship to all 11 states above shortly after.
Read more: Odell Brewing
This week, New Holland Brewing (Holland, MI) will ship a brand new version of their famed Dragon’s Milk Imperial Stout, Dragon’s Milk Reserve with Toasted Chilies.
For this Reserve blend, the brewery took the base imperial stout and aged it bourbon barrels for three months, just like Dragon’s Milk, but this time with the toasted peppers.
“Our festival-fans might remember it as ‘Smaug’s Breath’ but in market you’ll see it as Dragon’s Milk Reserve with Toasted Chilies, even though it’s essentially the same recipe.”
New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve with Toasted Chilies ships this week in 22oz bombers. The original Dragon’s Milk was first brewed in 2001.
Midnight Sun Brewing is celebrating chocolate as much as equality in Modern Romance.
The beer first and foremost is a chocolate ale, brewed with cocoa nibs and a series of spices, including cinnamon, maca. Heat is provided by the addition of chilies. A collaboration with Anchorage, Alaska’s Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge.
…In an exciting collaboration. Midnight Sun and Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge —a local artisan chocolatier— designed and brewed a very special dark ale that celebrates our strengths — and weaknesses sensuous chocolate, warm spice, fiery chili, provocative character and amorous mood…
Style: American Strong Ale (w/ Chocolate, Maca, Cinnamon, Chilies)
Availability: 22oz Bombers
Ballast Point Brewing (San Diego, CA) will be adding a spicy offering to their lineup. Coming in April is Habanero Sculpin IPA.
The brewery has been experimenting with habanero additions for a while now, and by the looks of it, have finally reined in the recipe.
Bottles of Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin IPA will be limited to San Diego, California.
Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA) released two Quingenti offerings nationally today. This is the first time a Quingenti beer has hit full distribution.
The first of two is Crime, aka Lukcy Basartd Ale, aged in bourbon barrels with chills. CEO and co-founder Greg Koch “ruined” a bourbon barrel full of Lukcy Basartd back in 2010. The result was hot. And tasty.
Soon came Punishment. Oak barreled Double Bastard was introduced to Koch’s backyard hot chilis resulting in another tasty, hot treat.
Peppers grown at Stone Farms and beyond include red and green jalapeño, Fatali, Caribbean Red Hot, habanero, Ghost, Black Naga, Super, Moruga Scorpion, 7 Pot, Aji Amarillo, Scorpion, Giant White Habanero, 7 Pot Douglah and Douglah peppers. That’s a pretty hot lineup.
Thanks to the increased capacity of a new 500ml cork & cage bottling line, the rest of America can suffer along with the Californians that already have tasted these treats.
“Expanding our barrel-aging program to include national distribution is something we’ve been working towards for many years,” said Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele. “Now that we have the ability to produce more of the Stone Quingenti Millilitre Series due to our new aged and bottling facility, our fans should expect to see many new barrel-aged flavor combinations as well as some re-brews of favorites we’ve released in the past.”
Expect Stone to release more Quingenti offerings nationally in the future.
Availability: 500ml bottles
Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, and WA
Arrival: Shipping as of 11/4/13
Read more: Stone Quingenti Series
Cigar City’s Hunahpu Imperial Stout is a perennial favorite, and a bit of a legend. Hunahpu, a strong imperial stout, is brewed with cocoa nibs, ancho and pasilla chilies, cinnamon, and Madagascar vanilla beans. The next release of it is in March, 2014.
Even more rare, are barrel aged editions of this brew. Now for the first time a “double barrel” edition will surface. Hunahpu was/is aged in both rum and brandy barrels (each a separate version of the barrel aged Hunahpu series) and blended together.
The result is sure to be rare (released in lottery or the brewery’s El Catador Club) and definitely mega trade bait. The brewery will announce details closer to release.
Availability: 750 ml bottles
Arrival: TBA. Brewery only