Dogfish Head Wood-Aged Bitches Brew is now available year-round.
In 2010, Dogfish Head released Bitches Brew, a new imperial stout created to honor the epic Miles Davis album by the same name, released in 1970. The album, deemed unconventional by many at the time, is considered the progenitor of the jazz-rock genre.
Much like the album’s composition, the imperial stout blends carefully selected components in its creation. The original release was created out of threads of an imperial stout, and imperial stout brewed with gesho root and honey.
Dogfish Head Wood-Aged Bitches Brew adds a new element – wood. The beer has been aged and blended in the giant oak tanks that Dogfish Head uses to age their Pale Santo release. This “deeper cut” is a fusion of three threads of imperial stout aged on oak, and one of the Tej, an African honey beer, aged in the 10,000 gallon Palo Santo tanks.
Dogfish Head Wood-Aged Bitches Brew is available this month in new 12-ounce/6-packs year-round.
Bell’s Hopslam returns again for 2018 starting today. Below are all the details you’ll need to get your annual hoppy fix.
Starting in 2016, the Comstock, Michigan based brewery started shipping Hopslam in cans for the first time, and dropping Hopslam bottles from the lineup.
This year, the 1.32-gallon mini-kegs, aka the “hangover maker” will return after being cut from the release in 2016.
Bell’s Hopslam is an imperial IPA brewed with Michigan honey, easily ranking among one of the brewery’s most popular releases. The Double IPA will start shipping in waves beginning the week of January to their home state of Michigan first. Here is the (tentative) schedule:
Michigan Counties, January 2: Lower Michigan (Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Clare, Clinton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lake, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Monroe, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oakland, Oceana, Osceola, Ottawa, St. Joseph, Shiawassee, Van Buren, Washtenaw and Wayne).
Week of Jan. 8: Remaining counties in Michigan (including the U.P.), Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Wisconsin and West Virginia
Week of Jan. 15: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Southern California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia
Bell’s Hopslam is a 12-ounce can, mini-keg, and draft limited release.
Images via Bell’s Brewery.
Bell’s Roundhouse IRA is back in the brewery’s canned lineup for the second time.
The India Red Ale debuted on draft in Kalamazoo in 2009 and quickly became a fan favorite. So much so, that Bell’s Roundhouse IRA was released as a 12-ounce can offering for the first time in 2016. The beer features Michigan honey and copious amounts of late addition kettle hops and dry hopping.
Substantial amounts of late-kettle hop additions and dry hopping yield a wonderful blend aromas – everything from pineapple to peach and citrus. Hop intensity is kept in check with a balanced and judicious amount of toasted and caramel specialty malts.
Bell’s Roundhouse IRA is back in all of Bell’s markets for a limited time in November 2017.
Latest Return: November 2017
If you are a big fan of this beer, you already know it’s out there.
The seasonal release of Great Lakes Christmas Ale is always highly anticipated, as the beer has quite the cult following. This seasonal release is brewed with honey, ginger, and cinnamon, complementing the coming holidays rather well.
Do not open ‘til Christmas? Whoever coined that phrase obviously hasn’t tasted Christmas Ale’s fresh honey, cinnamon, and ginger flavors.
Great Lakes Christmas Ale is available starting in late October in 12-ounce bottles and draft.
Style: (w/ Honey, Ginger, Cinnamon)
Hops: Mt. Hood, Cascade
Malts: Harrington 2-Row, Wheat, Crystal 45, Special Roast, Roasted Barley
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Seasonality: Late October, Seasonally
A new imperial India pale ale debuts on July 22nd in Asheville, North Carolina – Burial The Crystal Sphere.
This new release in the brewery’s ongoing dank IPA line up, Burial The Crystal Sphere combines fresh peaches and honey with hot lineup of hops.
What a privilege to co-exist with the wonder of our world’s bounty. Made with fresh peaches and honey and double dry-hopped with Amarillo, Simcoe, Azacca hops.
Burial The Crystal Sphere will be available when the brewery opens on July 22nd. No distribution.
Style: Imperial IPA (w/ Peaches. Honey.)
Hops: Amarillo, Simcoe, Azacca
Availability: 16oz Cans
One day there will another Game of Thrones book. Perhaps sooner than that, the next season on HBO. In the mean time, Game of Thrones fans will sip Ommegang Bend the Knee and wait.
Commemorating the seventh season of the game changing series, Ommegang Bend the Knee is golden ale. The 9% alcohol by volume beer will debut in three different collector bottles, each with the house seals for each family vying for the Iron Throne.
Each of the 750 mililter bottles will sport House Stark, House Targaryen, and House Lannister, retailing around $10.99 per bottle. The brewery chose Saaz, Bravo, and Stryian Golding hops for the golden ale, with a malt base of pilsner and flaked oats.
This may be our favorite release to date. The throne may be iron, but this beer sports a beautiful golden hue, with a touch of citrus hop flavor. The wildflower honey addition cuts the bitterness like a sharp sword passing through your enemy. The Song of Ice & Fire may be complex, but this beer is a beautiful as the Mother of Dragons.
Bend the Knee is brewed with pils malt and flaked oats and hopped with Saaz, Bravo, and Styrian Golding hops. It pours a golden hue with a large, frothy head. Both the aroma and flavor mix maltiness and citrus from the hops, while Ommegang’s signature house yeast produces prominent fruitiness. Wildflower honey added during fermentation provides light sweetness to the beer, which finishes dry and with firm hop bitterness.
“With this next Game of Thrones-inspired release, we wanted a beer and a pack that was fit for a king… or a queen. Drawing from a rich Belgian brewing tradition, Golden Strong Ales are deceptive due to their unique combination of extreme drinkability and relatively high alcohol content. Bend the Knee walks that line, while also incorporating the delicate flavors of honey into the mix. The subtle noble and floral hop contribution adds to its delicateness, and the beer finishes smooth and dry.” Brewery Ommegang President, Doug Campbell.
Unlike the book or the tv season, Ommegang Bend the Knee has arrived right on time, Memorial Day Weekend 2017.
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Debut: Memorial Day, 2017
PIC: Beer Street Journal
Jester King Queen’s Order debuts at the brewery in Austin, Texas on May 19th.
The base beer is a farmhouse ale brewed with Texas-grown Eureka and Ujukitsu lemons, along with Texas Guajillo honey.Brewed back in February of the year, Jester King Queen’s Order was fermented in stainless steel with a blend of native yeast and bacteria.
“Queen’s Order” is a nod to the 1,000s of little workers that make the sticky, delicious nectar both in Texas and beyond. Austin is home to the National Honey Beer Summit taking place later this month.
Look at them crank. These are the tiny, well-oiled gears of an industry. They are paragons of fealty; each of their lifespans represents the durability of a replaceable component in a machine built for another’s purpose. It is fascinating to watch them buzz along endlessly like characters in their own dystopian novel, unaware of their audience and unable to afford a single thought beyond the Queen’s Order.
Jester King Queen’s Order will be available in 750 milliliter bottles and draft when the brewery opens on May 19th.
Availability: 750ml Bottles