Prairie Artisan Ales Christmas Bomb! has hit shelves. Based loosely on the Bomb! Imperial Stout, this festive version is brewed with spices reminiscent of the season.
The regular edition of Bomb! is an imperial stout aged on espresso beans, chocolate, vanilla beans, and ancho chile peppers, finishing at bold 13% The brewery has not disclosed the extra seasonal spices in Christmas Bomb!
Prairie Christmas Bomb! is available in 12oz bottles.
Arrival: Mid to Late November, 2014
Check out the Home Alone references on the label…
New Belgium plans on revisiting a past Lips of Faith offering again in the near future -Cocoa Mole. The dark and spicy offering joined the Lips of Faith series back in 2012.
The base beer is a porter, brewed with cocoa and chili peppers, based on Spanish mole sauce.
Say hola to a spiced up ale full of cocoa, and ancho, guajillo, chipotle peppers, but don’t fear the head, because plenty of caramel and chocolate malts bring a smooth, complex flavor, scents of cinnamon when poured will have a saying “idle for mole!”
Read more: Lips of Faith
Second Self Brewing (Atlanta, GA) just opened their brewery to the public in October. They launched with Thai Wheat, Red Hop Rye, LIPA, and Saison.
Next week Second Self Mole Porter will make it’s first debut. Mole Porter is brewed with cocoa nibs, pasella, california, and chipotle chilies, cinnamon, and clove. The beer is inspired by local restaurant Nuevo Laredo Cantina, as well as mole recipe brewery co-founder Jason Santamaria’s family made since he was young.
The beer debuts next week in the tap room, and bars and growler shops around Atlanta. A barrel aged draft version will be available in the future as well.
Style: Porter (w/ Cocoa Nibs, Chilies, Cinnamon, Clove)
Availability: Draft only
Arrival: Mid-November, 2014
Wicked Weed Brewing Co (Asheville, NC) just shipped an new offering – Jack O’ Hammered Pumpkin Ale, just in time for Halloween.
Jack O’ Hammered is of course a pumpkin ale, brewed with roasted cocoa nibs, and finishes with heat from serrano, ancho, and habanero peppers. It’s no secret the brewery dotes a little on this one.
Below are some pictures from the cocoa nib roasted at the brewery in Asheville.
Wicked Weed Jack O’ Hammered is available in North Carolina distribution on draft, alongside Briars & Brett Farmhouse Ale.
Style: Pumpkin Ale (w/ Cocoa NIbs, Chili Peppers)
Availability: 500ml bottles
Arrival: Late October, 2014
The Unknown Brewing Company (Charlotte, NC) is releasing a follow up to to the very recent Vehopcirator Imperial IPA. This name is much longer than the first – La Jordana del Escorpion en Fuego Hacia la casa del Chupacabra muerto.
This roughly translates to “The Path of the Fiery Scorpion through the House of the Dead Chupacabra”. Shortening it to Escorpion en Fuego, the beer is an imperial Mexican lager, with agave nectar, seranno peppers, and aged on tequila oak staves. Oh, just in case that wasn’t enough, 99 (food grade) scorpions.
When asked if these scorpions would affect the flavor, head brewer and owner Brad Shell responded “I’m not sure, that’s not the point. The point is this beer needs scorpions. Some things just have to happen”.
Unknown Brewing Escorpion en Fuego releases on The Day of the Day, November 1st in 22oz bombers and draft.
Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA) loves to collaboration. Their Collaboration Series has been quite busy in the first half of 2014.
Coming soon to the series Xocoveza Mocha Stout, a creation of Chris Banker, the Stone AHA Homebrewer AHA Homebrew Competition Winner. Since this beer is meant to mimic the flavors of Mexican coffee, the duo brought in Mexican craft brewery Cerveceria Insurgente.
Xocoveza Mocha Stout is first a milk stout, brewed with chocolate (from ChocoVivo), cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee (from Mostra Coffee) and chilies.
Look for Stone/Chris Banker/Insurgente Xocoveza Mocha Stout in 22oz bombers and draft. Release dates and distribution to follow.
July sees the release of Westbrook Brewing’s (Mt. Pleasant, SC) Barrel Aged Mexican Cake. While the release date for the 2014 stock hasn’t been announced yet, the brewery is already putting Cake into barrels for 2015
One of the barrels coming next summer is Westbrook Mexican Cake aged in Pritchard’s Double Chocolate Bourbon barrels. The Kelso, Tennesee distillery uses cocoa nibs from Nashville’s Olive & Sinclair to create a small batch, highly sought after, chocolate bourbon.
Westbrook Double Chocolate Bourbon Barrel Mexican Cake should arrive in July, 2015.
10.5% ABV, 50 IBUs
pic via Westbrook