The Asheville based brewery has put together some pretty killer collaborations recently. In 2016, it was Juiceless, a hoppy collab with Creature Comforts, which was followed by a wild/sour ale brewed with Switzerland’s Trois Dames. Fans also lusted over Red Atrial, a raspberry filled blend with Jester King.
Wicked Weed Happy Blending is the latest collaboration release, created with California’s The Rare Barrel. Both breweries are very well known for their barrel-aged sours. This release will be no different. Cellermen from each of the breweries travelled to the other’s home base and hand selected their favorite barrels. The chosen barrels were then combined with 3 pounds per gallon of nectarines and plums.
This collaboration is the brainchild of blenders from both Wicked Weed and The Rare Barrel breweries. Cellarmen travelled to one another’s breweries to select their favorite barrels from the others’ collection. They then combined the beer from these barrels with 3 lbs per gallon of nectarines and plums. This combination formed the perfect balance of character and flavor to represent each respective barrel house.
Wicked Weed Happy Blending will be a 500 milliliter bottle at the brewery on February 17th.
Asheville, North Carolina’s Hi-Wire Brewing has been absolutely killing it with the artwork. Don’t believe us? See Hi-Wire 10W-40 Imperial Stout. Coming in February is some more awesome artwork, found in the Hi-Wire Collaboration 12-Pack. If you’ve ever used a can of spray paint, or stepped foot in the paint section of a hardware store, you’ll find something familiar with this branding.
It has been a while since Hi-Wire has been able to collaborate with other breweries, thanks to the time it has taken to get settled in with their new production facility. When time opened up on the production schedule, they opted to go big.
Holy City co-owner Jeff Moreadith is a lover of lighter beers, as well as an Asheville resident. Together, they created Carolina Coastal Black Rye Lager using Seashore Black Rye, a malt grown outside Charleston, South Carolina.
The 12-pack will be rounded out with Hi-Wire’s flagship beers: Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPA, Hi-Wire Lager, and Hi-Wire Gose.
Look for Hi-Wire Collaboration 12-pack throughout the brewery’s entire distribution footprint in mid-February, 2017.
Carolina Bauernhaus Freehaus Jupiter Gold will be available starting January 14th, 2017.
Anderson, South Carolina based Carolina Bauernhaus has teamed up with their coastal neighbors, Freehouse Brewery. The two breweries share barrels, yeast and recipes already, so a collaboration was long overdue.
Carolina Bauernhaus Freehaus Jupiter Gold uses Freehouse mixed culture from their sour tanks, plus Carolina’s house blend. The golden sour was matured for nearly a year in three different Cabernet barrels, then blended with 200 pounds of upstate South Carolina Jupiter grapes.
Jupiter Gold has a beguiling fruit notes and a bracing acidity coupled with a dry refreshing finish.
Carolina Bauernhaus Freehaus Jupiter Gold will be available in 750 milliliter bottles at the Anderson brewery on January 14th.
Buzz beer might be the perfect term for Flat 12 Downtown Tinker Brown. The Indianapolis, Indiana based brewery has a coffee laden seasonal headed to shelves.
It may be too early to think about spring seasonals, but you’ll be able to enjoy this one until it feels warmer. Sean Lewis, Flat 12’s head brewer, created a brown ale brewed with milk sugar, and single-origin Colombian coffee beans roasted to by the experts at Tinker Coffee.
“We met the guys at Tinker Coffee through mutual friends around their opening November 2014. We really liked their coffee so we paid them a visit and proposed trading for beer. That led to talks about creating some beers together. It’s cool to be able to work with friends in different local industries and we’re really looking forward to our first can release.” – Head Brewer Sean Lewis
This is the first time the duo have created a full scale collaboration. Last year, Tinker Coffee provided beans for a variant of Flat 12’s Pinko Russian Imperial Stout.
Flat 12 Downtown Tinker Brown is now available in 12 ounce cans and draft, as a spring 2017 seasonal.
6% ABV, 28 IBUs
Creature Comforts Curious 10 will be available on a special brewery tour on January 21st.
This 10th iteration in the Curious Series partners Creature Comforts once again with Austin, Texas based Jester King Brewery. ((Last summer, the duo released another collaboration, Mutualism.) This mixed fermentation beer is made with grits from local Dayspring Farms, and grape skins from Yonah Mountain Vineyards (Cleveland, GA).
Creature Comforts Curious 10 underwent four separate fermentations in oak barrels over the past 18 months.
The beer pours with a transparent rose hue and quickly dissipating white foam. The aroma and flavor are that of a delicate floral and the beer softly expresses strawberry, hibiscus, nectarine, pear, and lemon with a crisp, light mouthfeel and very clean finish.
Creature Comforts Curious 10 will be available in 16.9 ounce bottles, on a now sold-out tour.
Southerly Love is an American wild ale, slightly kettle soured with lactobacillus and fermented with the house brettanomyces yeast blend. This January, Creature Comforts Southerly Love returns briefly to the brewery’s lineup. The 2017 edition features Idaho 7, Cascade, and Crystal hops.
“We used a solid dose of funky, tropical and aromatic hops, both in the brewhouse and as a dry hop, to add complexity and intrigue to the beer. The result was a synthesis of yeast and hop flavors, melded into a balanced, cohesive and just plain delicious beer.” – Co-Founder and Brewmaster Adam Beauchamp
The new label was designed by University of Georgia Scientific Illustration Student Katie Schmidt.
Creature Comforts Southerly Love will be available in 750ml bottles and draft at the brewery in Athens, Georgia on January 17th.
Style: American Wild Ale
Hops: Idaho 7, Cascade Crystal
Availability: 750ml bottles, Draft.
Latest Return: January, 2017
What started as a collaboration in 2013 with Lost Abbey is head to shelves again this month – Maui Brewing Lemongrass Saison.
Lost Abbey’s Tomme Arthur mentions that a simple saison with lemongrass was a recipe he always wanted to create, but honestly, never got around to making. Hawaii’s Maui Brewing stepped in and helped make this beer a reality.
Simple recipe it may be, but neither of these breweries skimp on flavor. The Belgian-style saison uses 200 pounds of locally grown lemongrass.
Our original batch of this beer was the culmination of that vision; and Maui Brewing’s skillful use of this amazing flavor makes me truly wish it was available more often. In revisiting this recipe, my wishes are coming true,”
Maui Brewing Lemongrass Saison is back in action starting Friday, January 6th, in 12 ounce cans and draft.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Latest Return: January, 2017