Like a little catnip in your beer? Unknown Brewing Kitten Snuggles is back for a second time.
Two years ago, Charlotte, North Carolina based Unknown Brewing debuted ‘Kitten Snuggles‘ a farmhouse ale brewed with “fuzzy” apricots, lactose milk sugar, and catnip flowers.
Catnip has the most notable influence on felines, thanks to nepetalactone, an organic compound found in the plant. A little over 60% of cats are affected by the compounds in catnip.
Lesser known uses include making herbal tea or culinary dishes with catnip. In this case, the off-the-wall folks at Unknown Brewing created cat themed Kitten Snuggles with what some call “kitty crack”. (The brewery once made a beer with food grade scorpions.)
By now you might be wondering what catnip tastes like. Catnip tea is slightly minty and grassy. It’s been two years since trying Kitten Snuggles at the brewery in Charlotte, but as we recall – it’s apricot fruit heavy and creamy, with just a touch of grassy flavor. Cats followed us around the rest of the day. It was as cute as it was weird.
Unknown Brewing Kitten Snuggles is available for the first time in 16-ounce cans at the brewery on May 25th.
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DuClaw Double Galactic Farmhouse SMASH, the 4th edition in the brewery’s “Off-Line” Series, debuts on March 11th.
SMASH, or Single Malt and Single Hop beer, features Australian Galaxy hops, and pilsner malt. Fermented with Blaugies yeast. Blaugies is a small town in Belgium not far from the French border.
DuClaw will be selling this limited, prototype release direct off the bottling line starting Saturday.
….creating a blend of passion fruit, apricot, and citrus flavors and aromas that last through to a crisp, refreshing finish. This vibrant combination of fruit flavors masks a robust 8.4% ABV. that will have you feeling out of this world.
DuClaw Double Galactic Farmhouse SMASH is a 22 ounce bottle release.
Style: Farmhouse/Saison Ale
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Jester King Estival Dichotomous, the brewery’s summer saison returns to the world again today.
Jester King has two seasonal saisons – Hibernal Dichotomous and Estival Dichotomous. Depending on the temperature and season, the brewery changes how the beer is brewed, from fermentation, to available ingredients.
The 2016 edition features grapefruit and tangelo zest, that was added to mature barrel-aged sour beer. Then the beer was blended with citrus zest and young beer that was fermented in stainless steel. The final step – refermenting the blend with marion blackberries.
Estival Dichotomous is an analog for the summer season. It’s a beer that’s evocative of the summer weather and its bounty, particularly the smells of hay resting in the fields late in the season.
Jester King Estival Dichotomous will be released at Jester King Brewery on Friday, November 4th, at 4 pm.
Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin Ale debuts today at the brewery in Richmond, Virginia.
Easing into the fall season, Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin combines a base flavor of a Belgian-style farmhouse ale, with Virginia flame-roasted sugar pumpkins plus a little brown sugar.
Tack on fresh ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, ginger, and allspice for that touch of fall flavor. The end result is another fantastic Hardywood offering.
A great accompaniment to butternut squash soup or oven baked yams, Farmhouse Pumpkin is also right at home with spiced pies, especially bourbon pecan pie, apple pie and, of course, pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream.
Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin Ale is available in 750 milliliter bottles and draft, seasonally.
8.5% ABV, 21 IBUs
Jester King Fantome Del Rey, the Texas edition and follow up to the 2014 Fantome collaboration releases today.
The Texas edition of Jester King Fantome Del Rey is a blend of old and young barrel aged beer. (AKA Bière de Courage.) The older piece of this blend is the 2014 edition from 2014, brewed with barley, dark candi syrup, coriander, and black peppercorns. That beer was fermented in stainless steel with truffle honey before headed to oak barrels.
Sadly, thanks to restrictive beer laws in Jester’s home state, the beer couldn’t be released there.
In 2015, Jester King brewed the young edition of the collaboration, and blended it with the old.
Jester King Fantome Del Rey (Texas Edition) will be available by the glass, and to-go in 750 milliliter bottles when the tap room opens on May 6th, 2016.
8.8% ABV, 19 IBUs
Terrapin Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale are making a spring, 2016 return.
Terrapin Maggie’s Farmhouse Ale made its debut as Side Project #7 in 2009. The beer’s light peach flavor, mixed with a little farmhouse funk made it an easy drinking beer, perfect for warmer weather. Terrapin brought it back again in 12oz bottles.
Late last year, Terrapin Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale transitioned to 12 ounce cans.
Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale delivers a wholesome host of peach flavor and a refreshing spiciness that will get your juices flowing. Brewed with peaches and a lot of love, this old world style of beer will take you back to a simpler time.
Birds Fly South Rustic Sunday is now the third bottle offering from the up and coming brewery.
Birds Fly South Ale Project is in the process of opening their brick and mortar location in Greenville, South Carolina. The brewery’s’ first two beers – Skin & Bone, and Brand New Eyes have been well very well received by beer fans.
Birds Fly South Rustic Sunday joins the lineup in March – a rye farmhouse ale, featuring Hallertau Blanc hops. The base, a rye saison, was blended with another saison that was aged in white wine puncheons.
A rye-forward farmhouse ale dry hopped heavily with Hallertau Blanc. These hops combined with our house yeast culture provide aromas of grape skins and white wine. The spicy flavors of the yeast also tangle with the try to create a crisp and refreshing 7% saison.
Birds Fly South Rustic Sunday is a 750 milliliter bottle offering.
Style: Farmhouse Ale
Hops: Hallertau Blanc
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Release: Early April, 2016