It’s a tropical summer for Delaware’s largest craft brewery. Dogfish Head Lupu Luau IPA is going national.
The newest India pale ale in founder Sam Calagione’s arsenal is Dogfish Head Lupu Luau IPA, a coconut heavy offering.
The tropical IPA is brewed with toasted coconut, experimental hops, and dehydrated coconut water. That might sound weird. Dehydrated water? By removing the water content from coconut water, what are left behind are natural sugars, and electrolyte heavy, coconutty compounds and flakes that further enhance this beer.
The hops in Dogfish Head Lupu Luau IPA are quite special as well. The brewery found this experimental variety to have a strong wood, citrus, and coconut flavor. So much so that Dogfish Head contracted the majority of the domestic yield just for themselves (and this beer).
This “tropical trifecta” is available nationally in 12 ounce bottles and draft starting in July.
Style: IPA (w/ Toasted Coconut. Dehydrated Coconut Water.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: July, 2017
Later this year, The Bruery has a collaborative release slated for later this year, with Florida’s Funky Buddha Brewery. Until today, we thought there might only be one, but in actuality, there might be two. The first – Guava Libre!. A second potential has surfaced – The Bruery Pink Snow.
Both creations are slated to be cream ales. Guava Libre is inspired by a Cuban guava pastry. The Bruery Pink Snow also carries a dessert vibe, resulting in something more fitting for the SoCal and Florida mild winters – a tropical snow cone.
This imperial cream ale features guava, dragonfruit, coconut, and vanilla beans, turned creamy smooth with the addition of lactose.
The result is so damn tropical. Vanilla and coconut subtley dominate the beer, which is creamy and quite unique. It’s a fruity tropical dessert that would be just a fantastic over shaved ice at a carnival. Probably one of the most unique beers we’ve tasted in a long, long while.
Since our collective exposure to the wet wintry elements is minimal, we at The Bruery® and Funky Buddha decided to create our own version of snow – something pink and tropical -that we can play in as temperatures start to arm. Championing the big, bold flavors our breweries are known for, we brewed an imperial cream ale, then added lactose and vanilla for sweetness, and guava, dragonfruit and coconut for a vibrant, tropical vibe.
The Bruery Pink Snow is slated for 750 milliliter bottles, debuting in the brewery’s taproom starting June 6th. No distribution.
PIC: Beer Street Journal & Joel Kennedy, Marketing Manager of The Bruery.
Funky Buddha Last Buffalo in the Park.
Coming soon to the brewery’s new “The Living Barrel Series” in 2017.
Style: Imperial Porter (w/ Coconut. Coffee. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles. (Limited Release)
LastRelease: December, 2016
Next Release: Late 2017
PIC: Beer Street Journal
Schlafly Coconut Creme Ale, the brewery’s second “dessert beer” offering, debuts on April 10th.
Last year’s Double Bean Blonde was great success for Schlafly. The blonde ale featured cocoa nibs and French roast coffee. Fans fell in loved with it, and and have been demanding a follow-up.
Creating Schlafly Coconut Creme Ale required a hefty amount of fresh coconuts, and toasted coconut for aging. The brewery has a habit of using fresh ingredients instead of extracts. That’s important when we talk about flavor.
Nuance is everything in Coconut Creme Ale. This beer is crisp and light and malty. Almost like a lager if you didn’t know better. The use of fresh coconut comes into play at the end of the sip. The subtle wisp of real coconut is what you chase from start to finish. Perfect for spring time on the porch.
Schlafly Coconut Creme Ale will be available in 12 ounce bottles starting April 10th. Little paper umbrellas not included.
5.5% ABV, 17 IBUS
PIC: Beer Street Journal
Avery Coconut Porter will be the newest release in the brewery’s ongoing Botanicals & Barrels Series this month. Each beer features hand selected barrels and one botanical. The lineup includes Vanilla Bean Stout, Tangerine Quad, Apricot Sour, and Raspberry Sour.
Avery Coconut Porter is a chocolatey porter, brewed with fresh coconut, and aged for a few months in bourbon barrels until ready for the big time. This release was slated for around this time last year, aged in rum barrels. The lot of barrels that Avery received didn’t pass muster, so it was back to the drawing board. Hopefully a year of recipe tweaks have done well by this beer.
Copious quantities of coconut coupled with time basking in Bourbon barrels compliment the chocolatey and sumptuous nature of this delicate porter.
Coconut Porter was set to be bottled May, 2016. The brewery has not announced a release date yet.
Jester King Rare Corals, a new farmhouse ale, debuts on March 31st.
A farmhouse ale is nothing new for Jester King. Check out this fruit lineup though. Rare Corals has been re-fermented with guava, bananas, strawberries, cantaloupe, toasted coconut, and chamomile. All in all, around 1,200 pounds fruit.
The base beer was brewed in September of 2016, and fermented in stainless steel with Jester King’s mixed culture of native yeast and bacteria.
Jester King Rare Corals will be available in 750 milliliter bottles when the brewery opens on March 31st.
5.3% ABV, 22 IBUs
A new nitro pour lager is hitting taps this month – Cigar City El Coco, a tropical coconut flan ale.
This release is inspired by a past collaboration with Chicago’s 5 Rabbit Cerveceria El Bizarrón, a porter brewed with caramelized plantains. In keeping with the beer-meets-Latin food theme, comes a El Coco, inspired by the brewery’s favorite dessert – flan.
Dulce de leche and coconut help create this nitro lager. Expect tropical flavors like coconut in each sip. The name – El Coco, is for a mythical bogeyman in Latin folklore by the same name. Legend has it that parents in Spain and Latin America invoke Coco to discourage children from misbehaving, otherwise he will eat you.
Coconut milk and brown sugar aromas mingle with cinnamon and nutmeg in the aroma of this assertively aromatic tropical ale. Flavors of coconut flan, bread crust and allspice are supported by a full body enhanced by dispense on a nitrogen line, creating a true dessert beer that eschews sweetness for balance and harmony.
Coconut milk and brown sugar aromas mingle with cinnamon and nutmeg in the aroma of this assertively aromatic tropical ale. Flavors of coconut flan, bread crust and allspice are supported by a full body enhanced by dispense on a nitrogen line, creating a true dessert beer that eschews sweetness for balance and harmony
Cigar City El Coco is part of a whole series of nitro tap offerings coming this year. This release is available now through February, 2017.
8.5% ABV, 22 IBUs