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
Stone Brewing Co’s “Crime” has been spotted around the country on tap. It was Lukcy Basartd Ale beer “ruined” with peppers from Stone Farms. A “crime” to ruin such good beer with such intense heat. Stone took that beer and aged it in Scotch whiskey and the result was 2012′s Quingenti release of Crime.
Lovers of strong ale, peppers and barrel aging can get pysched again. 2013 Crime is just as fun, but with a barrel change to bourbon instead of Scotch whiskey.
Peppers include mid-level-heat red and green jalapefios and ultra-hot black nagas, Caribbean red hots, Moruga scorpions and fatalis.
Style: American Strong Ale (Barrel Aged, w/ Peppers)
Availability: 500 ml bottles. Limited Release
You’ve got a bit of time to wait until you see this beer again. Cigar City Brewing’s Hunahpu Imperial Stout will make another appearance on March 8, 2014. Hunahpu, a massive imperial stout, is brewed with cocoa nibs, ancho and pasilla chilies, cinnamon, and Madagascar vanilla beans. Crazy delicious.
In Mayan mythology, Hun Hunahpu was the father of the hem twins Hunahpu and Xbalanque. Hun Hunahpu, with his brother Hunahpu. vies Vidal by the Dark Lords of the and slain. Hun Hunahpu’s corpse morphed into a cacao tree, his head becoming a cacao pod, which in typically awesome mythology fashion, spit upon the hand of a young maiden named, Xiquic who promptly became pregnant with the hero twins. The twins would ultimately grow up to avenge their father and uncle and defeat the Dark Lords and ascend to the heavens to become the moon and sun.
Availability: 750 ml bottles
Arrival: March 8th, 2014 (Brewery Release, Tampa)
Ed note: Corrected date to March 8, 2014
On the surface, and most people without dirty minds, would think Evil Twin’s Spicy Nachos is another creative concoction. A pale ale with jalapeÃ±o peppers sounds hot and enticing right? Then we read the side of the label -
“…Hey Ed… What’s spicy nachos mean????”
Have you ever had a night at the bar when you and your friends go over all the sick sh*t you read on Urban Dictionary.com? Well guess what. There’s an entry for Spicy Nacho. Somethings you can’t unread. I would place my bets someone asked this question and got this answer. Either way, look for the actual beer in 22oz bombers in the future.
Style: Pale Ale (w/ Jalapeno Peppers)
Availability: 22oz bombers