Creature Comforts Athena Paradiso with Passionfruit and Guava will return to the brewery’s seasonal lineup again this month.
The brewery opened with Athena, a kettle soured wheat beer, aka berliner weisse a few years ago. In February, 2016 the Athens, Georgia based brewery released the first canned Athena Paradiso, brewed with tart cherry, raspberry, and cranberry. Creature Comforts tells Beer Street Journal that it was the most expensive recipe they’ve ever made.
In late August, Creature Comforts Athena Paradiso with Passionfruit and Guava will return to the seasonal lineup again in late August.
“Athena Paradiso is a beautifully refreshing beer. The passion fruit and guava flavors transport you to a tropical paradise during these hot summer months.” – David Stein, Co-founder & head brewer
Creature Comforts Athena Paradiso with Passionfruit and Guava will be an extremely limited release in 12 ounce cans and draft. Note, the can will sport the same red Paradiso branding as the February release.
The brewery will host a can release tour at the brewery in Athens on August 26th. Cans hit the market in both Athens and Atlanta that week.
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.
Terrapin Luau Krunkles, a tropically inspired India pale ale, will return again this summer. Instead of year-round as previously reported, the beer will be a limited time offering in 6-packs. (Available year-round in the IPA Survival Kit.)
“Krunkles” is a fictitious character (perhaps real, depending on who you ask at the brewery) that travels the world looking for new India pale ales. The series has seen releases like Krunkles Down Under (all Aussie & New Zealand hops), Samurai Krunkles, and Dr. Krunkles. When the heat rises, Kruckles goes tropical.
Terrapin Luau Krunkles is inspired by a Hawaiian drink called POG. The beverage is brewed with passionfruit, orange, and guava. (Yes that same drink gave rise to the POG game of the 90’s.)
Krunkles is back with another world renowned IPA inspired by this time spent on the Hawaiian Islands. Jam packed with tropical flavors of passionfruit, orange and guava, this “Hawaiian IPA” is brewed to accompany you to your next luau.
Terrapin Luau Krunkles is a 12 ounce can and draft release, returning in summer, 2017.
Next Return: July, 2017
Ed note: Updated article to include Luau Krunkles year-round availability in the IPA Survival Kit.
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
The Bruery Guava Libre, a collaboration with Florida’s Funky Buddha, is coming later this year.
If you need to know just one thing about Funky Buddha, it would have to known their love of food inspired beers. Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, Moro Moro Blood Orange IPA, and Sweet Potato Casserole are prime examples. Teaming up with California based The Bruery, the duo has another food-inspired beer headed your way in the near future.
The Bruery Guava Libre is based on the Cuban dessert pastelitos de guayaba. The tempting dessert incorporates guava paste, cream cheese, powdered sugar and puff pastries.
Echoing the pastry, the breweries created an imperial cream ale brewed with guava, turned dessert-like thanks to milk sugar and vanilla beans.
This sensory getaway transports you to a corner bodega with our friends at Funky Buddha in South Florida to recreate the flavors you’d find in a “pastelito de guayaba.” Championing the big, bold flavors that both our breweries are known for, we brewed an imperial cream ale, adding lactose and vanilla to impart sweet, custard-like ribbons, and guava for filling its conceptual authenticity. It’s a collaboration that’s equal parts inspiration and admiration.
The Bruery Guava Libre will be available in 750 milliliter bottles around the same time fall seasonal Autumn Maple returns.
Maui Brewing POG IPA is the latest release by the Hawaii based brewery, based on very popular juice drink.
Let’s start with POG. The acronym stands for the the juices ingredients- Passionfruit, Orange and Guava that got its start back in 1971. A woman named Mary Soon is accredited with the creation, who worked of the Haleakala Dairy on Maui. Interestingly, those same POG caps gave rise to a 1990’s game by the same name – POGS. (IF you don’t know what we are talking about, Google it.)
Maui Brewing POG IPA is an India pale ale brewed with Enigma, El Dorado, Jerrylo, and Citra hops, plus fresh Passionfruit, orange and guava. As you can imagine, the end result is hoppy, juicy, and full of tropical flavor.
Sourcing enough of the three fruit varieties is the biggest challenge. On top of that, guava has a really short shelf life once picked. It really makes brewing this beer exciting, because all of a sudden when the farmer has the yield we need, it’s GO time!” – Matt Ponichtera, Maui Brewing Supervisor
Maui Brewing POG IPA is available in 12 ounce cans across the brewery’s entire footprint for a limited time.
7.1% ABV, 58 IBUs
Wicked Weed Genesis has returned to the Asheville, North Carolina brewery’s lineup. It has been about a year since the beer was last released.
Over 200 pounds of papaya, mango, guava, and pineapple are used to create Wicked Weed Genesis, which is aged in white wine barrels 6-12 months.
In the first days, everything was black, barren, void of meaning. Life hid in the shadows and was kept at bay by nothingness. In the world’s stillest moment, a thunderous crack divided the skies. From the parched rock, water burgeoned forth, spilled over the black mountains and the Spirit Iyapa’s presence was imparted. What began as a whisper turned to a roar of life. Cell by cell, plant by plant, a vibrant world emerged.
Wicked Weed Genesis is a 500 milliliter bottle release. Available at both brewery locations, with limited distribution to follow.
Image: Wicked Weed Brewing