This collaborator series has paired seen the likes of Deschutes Brewery, Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project, Firestone Walker, Cigar City, Ommegang, and Orval. Boulevard Collaboration 7 is the first time a two breweries have been a part of the project at the same time.
The trio is creating a “juicy” lager for this seventh iteration, aged briefly on virgin oak. Juicy is an understating term, thanks to peach puree, lemon zest and riesling chosen to compliment carefully selected Nelson Sauvin, Lemondrop and Hallertau Blanc hops. The malt bill is quite complex too, brewed with pale malt, Sonoran White Wheat, Missouri wheat, honey malt and corn grits.
The finished beer will be bottle conditioned with champagne yeast, producing an effervescent golden lager perfect for the late summer heat. Last year, Arizona Wilderness and Creature Comforts partnered on “Transmission“, a citrus saison.
Boulevard Collaboration 7 will be available in 12 ounce bottles and draft.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: August, 2017 (Estimated)
Jester King Biere de Lenoir, a barrel-aged sour ale, debuts on February 10th.
The base beer is a blend of barrel-aged beers, brewed with fresh and aged hops, and Blacklands Malt, and Jester King’s house mixed culture of yeast and bacteria. Biere de Lenoir has been maturing in oak barrels for a mix of 8 to 14 months before blending and re-fermentation with Texas Lenoir grapes.
Finally, Jester King Biere de Lenoir is 100% naturally re-fermented, unfiltered, and unpasteurized.
500 mililiter bottles will go on sale at the brewery on February 10th, 2017.
6.9% ABV, 11 IBUs
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Carolina Bauernhaus Muriel debuts on February 11th in the taproom in Anderson, South Carolina.
A golden ale brewed with rye malt serves as the base for this release. The beer was fermented in chardonnay barrels with the brewery’s house mixed yeast and bacteria culture.
After nine months in the barrels, 250 pounds of local muscadines are blended into the beer.
The resulting ale has a distinct muscadine nose underlined by an earthy rye spice.
Carolina Bauernhaus Muriel will be available in 750 milliliter bottles on February 11th, 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.
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.
Jester King Bière de Blanc du Bois — the brewery’s farmhouse beer brewed with Texas grown Blanc du Bois grapes, returns seasonally on January 6th.
This creation first debuted in 2014, the brainchild of Adrienne Ballou, Jester King’s barrel program lead. To create Jester King Bière de Blanc du Bois, Ballou simulated orange wine fermentation techniques. During this process, the grape skins, seeds, and stems are left in the wine during primary fermentation. (As opposed to separating the skins prior to fermenting.)
Jester King Bière de Blanc du Bois is fermented and matured in oak barrels with wild yeast and souring bacteria. After fermentation, it was refermented with the Blanc du Bois grapes.
Batch 2 of Jester King Bière de Blanc du Bois will be available at the brewery starting January 6th, 2017.
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Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Grape Guerrilla Ale is the sixth and newest addition Rogue’s Voodoo Doughnut collaboration series. Based on Voodoo Doughnuts’ Grape Ape, Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Grape Guerilla Ale is available nationwide starting this month.
Portland based Voodoo Doughnuts creates the Grape Ape by combining a raised yeast doughnut with vanilla frosting, grape dust and lavender sprinkles. As you would expect, Voodoo Doughnut Grape Guerrilla Ale boasts a bold grape character.
“The beer is fantastic. It’s got a great grape essence and doesn’t taste like cough syrup. It’s grape in a great way,” – Rogue President Brett Joyce.
This newest addition to Rogue’s lineup will be available in the series’ hard to miss pink painted 750 milliliter bottles starting November 2016.
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Debut: November, 2016