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…
Firestone Walker is now shipping a four bottle bundle that contains Velvet Mocha Merlin. The beer is seasonal offering Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout infused with Intelligentsia espresso beans and cocoa nibs.
All of the smooth textures and roasty dark chocolate goodness of our seasonal Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout with the added infusion of Intelligentsia Coffee House aromas and cocoa dusted chocolate truffle flavors.
Firestone Walker Velvet Mocha Merlin is only available in the Winter Bundle pack.
Availability: 22oz Bottles. Winter Bundle Only. Draft, Limited
Release: November, 2014
5.5% ABV, 27 IBUs
Starr Hill’s Little Red Roostar Coffee Stout will soon be available in 12oz/4 packs. The beer is a current 22oz offering.
Starr Hill’s Little Red RooStarr Coffee Stout is a full-bodied milk stout brewed with coffee from our friends at Red Rooster Coffee Roasters in Floyd, VA. Malt sweetness, chocolate and caramel notes dominate the flavor, while roasted coffee notes add balance and round out the aroma.
Starr Hill Little Red Roostar first launched March, 2013.
Availability: 22oz Bombers, Draft. (Current.) 12oz Bottles (Soon)
5.8% ABV, 19 IBUs
Being from Delaware, I feel like I have to tell you everything else about Dogfish Head’s Brewpub Exclusive, Beer for Breakfast, before mentioning scrapple so you stick with me.
The brewery is releasing a breakfast themed beer (in the realm of Chicory Stout, brewed with Mexican coffee, licorice root and chicory) but this time they are going all in. Well, as far as ingredients are concerned. The ingredients rundown looks like this:
- Scrapple Beer contains maple syrup from the trees at Northfield Mount Hermon High School (Sam Calagione met his wife there)
- Barley smoked over applewood from Delaware’s Fifer Orchards (Bacon anyone?)
- Lactose (Milk. or milk sugar in this case)
- Coffee from The Bean Factory in St. Paul, Minnesota, added post fermentation.
- and 25 pounds of Scrapple from Rapa’s Scrapple.
Don’t know what scrapple is? As the name suggests, it’s pork scraps with spices and corn meal. It’s crazy good, don’t knock it until you try it.
Dogfish Head Beer for Breakfast (a nod to The Replacements song, Beer For Breakfast) debuts on December 5th, 2014 at a special Happy Hour.
Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA) has released the latest Stochascity Project offering, Master of Disguise Golden Imperial Stout.
Yes, this was once an April Fool’s joke back in 2010 with Brewdog. That got Stone thinking about what gives an imperial stout the roasty, bold flavors while still keeping the beer a lighter, golden color. Could it be possible? The answer lies: coffee, cocoa, flaked oats, and pale malts.
“To achieve the qualities of a stout, we relied on our prior experience brewing with coffee to pull flavors from the beans without affecting the hue of the beer,” explains Steele. “As the beer warms and opens up, the chocolate adds another level of complexity and helps build the traditional flavors typically associated with dark beers. It’s been really fun to see a prank with questionable viability become a reality.”
Stone Stochascity Master of Disguise turned out roasty and bold, yet golden. Take it from Mitch above, and give it a try.
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
9.7% ABV, 55 IBUs
Hangar 24 Barrel Roll Pugachev Mocha drops on December 6th, 2014. This years release sounds like what beer geek dreams are made off. The brewery took a Russian Imperial stout, and aged in it a 25 year bourbon barrel with coffee, cocoa nibs. To smooth it all out, Hangar 24 added lactose too. Yeah, I’m drooling too.
Pugachev Mocha is a truly indulgent creation that brings together ingredients from some of our favorite local craftsmen. It began as a single barrel of our Pugachev’s Cobra, specially aged in a 25 year bourbon barrel for 14 months. Into this barrel went single-origin cacao nibs from Parliament Chocolate, and locally roasted coffee beans from Augie’s Coffee, both located here in Redlands. A head of lactose sugar tops Mocha off, adding body and sweetness for final layer of decadence.
There are less than 70 memberships left in the Barrel Roll program that guarantees you beers like this. Hangar 24 Pugachev Mocha will be available in limited 22oz bombers.
Creature Comforts (Athens, GA) has released their first seasonal, Koko Buni.
Those that have been drinking in Atlanta a little while might remember this beer. Creature Comforts Koko Buni is a milk porter, aged on toasted coconut and cocoa nibs Condor Chocolates and coffee from 1000 Faces (both Athens, GA). Face it, the weather is getting cooler and you want a darker beer, right?
Creature Comforts Koko Buni is draft only for this initial release.
Koko means coconut in Papiamento, a common language in parts of the Carribean, while Buni means coffee in Swahili, a common language in southeastern Africa.