Monday Night Slow Churn Milkshake IPA debuts on June 22nd.
Earlier this spring, Monday Night Brewing debuted a hop-focused series (and taproom bar) at the brewery’s Trabert Street location. Coming near the end of the month is Slow Churn, a milkshake IPA.
Milkshake IPAs are as hot as the hazy ones right now, brewed with lactose milk sugar, and sometimes vanilla beans or fruit. In the case of Slow Churn, simply expect this release to be “juicy, tropical, & chewy”.
Milkshakes may bring all the boys to the yard, but Slow Churn does that for everyone. A milkshake IPA, this creamy, sweet brew is a perfect complement to summer.
Monday Night Slow Churn Milkshake IPA will be available at the brewery in 12-ounce cans and draft starting June 22nd.
Humulus Lupulus, more commonly known as “hops”, are easily the most prominent ingredient in beer. Using the term “dank” or “weed-like” when describing in India pale ale isn’t just a fun descriptor, but pretty accurate. Marijana and Humulus share the same family – Cannabaceae. The very unique scents by both hops and weed are not only familial traits but quite complimentary of each other.
Terpenes are hydrocarbons derived from the essential oils of hemp plants, and a major component of their resin. Terpenes give plants their aroma, taste and even color. While marijuana is still illegal in a majority of U.S. states, the flavor terpenes – which lack the psychoactive cannabinoids Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) have the blessing of the U.S. government.
Taking some of the all-stars in hops, and combining with the “dankness” of weed aromas is heating up in craft beer. Atlanta based SweetWater has had 420 Pale Ale for years, sporting a weed-culture undertone, only containing hops from the Cannabaceae family.
This month, SweetWater 420 Strain: G13 IPA debuts on draft, marrying hops and weed aroma mimicking terpenes into truly (dare we say dank again-) experience.
The origin of G13, or “Government Indica Strain 13” marijuana is the subject of various rumors, including one where the government created this “super-strain”. It was even mentioned in the movie American Beauty back in 1999. It’s easily one of the most well-known strains known to pop-culture after first appearing sometime in the 1970’s.
SweetWater has been experimenting for months with various iterations of plant-derived terpenes with cannabis aromatics, and India pale ales. The final recipe uses a proprietary terpene blend on the backdrop of a dry-hopped IPA that smells like the infamous G13 strain. Per head brewer Nick Nock, “The [IPA] flavor was undeniable, and a no-brainer for this first release. We used Columbus and Simcoe hops in both the boil and double dry-hop, plus flaked oats and wheat for a smooth finish.”
Let us say this. You know damn well when someone opens a bottle of 420 Strain: G13 IPA by smell alone. When Beer Street Journal published a photo of 420 Strain prior to this piece. Many followers made allusions to New Belgium’s recent terpene heavy release – The Hemperor. That beer also smelled like Willy Nelson’s house or a Widespread Panic concert. Sadly, so many drinkers told us while the beer’s aroma was very much on point, but the beer’s taste didn’t match. New Belgium does fantastic work, but that the disparity for many was hard to get past.
SweetWater’s 420 Strain: G13 doesn’t stop at the extremely notable aroma. The brewery got the IPA recipe right to boot. The entire package is dank, juicy, and incredibly aromatic. The brewer and laboratory work really shines in this creation. Keep in mind, just because you’ve had one IPA, doesn’t mean you’ve had them all. Same goes for terpene beers.
When you pour it in a glass, you get a face full of the G13 aroma, like opening a bag of fresh marijuana. And though it smells like the infamous cannabis strain, it tastes like a super delicious, nice and soft IPA with a clean finish.- SweetWater Brewing
The brewery is creating a full “420 Strain” series using various cannabis mimicking terpenes.
SweetWater 420 Strain: G13 is hitting taps in all of the brewery’s distribution states this summer. Expect new black bottles and black cans coming in the fall. The brewing team is working on new recipes for the 420 Strain Series, including a porter or stout.
Availability: Draft (Summer). Cans/ Bottles (Fall)
Debut: June 22, 2018
6% ABV, 48 IBUs
Red Brick In Bloom Modern IPA will be available at the brewery on June 14th.
Another in a line of taproom releases, Red Brick Modern IPA features an all-star lineup of Cashmere, Mosaic, Citra, and Enigma hops, plus a soft flaked oats and wheat malt bill.
…this delicious and bold profile of hops compliment the body of the beer perfectly
Red Brick In Bloom Modern IPA is available in 16-ounce cans and limited draft. The IPA has already sold out online, but cans will be available in the brewery opens at 4 pm.
Hops: Cashmere, Mosaic, Citra, Enigma
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Modern Times Citadel IPA has debuted in California this week.
The brewery touts this beer as a “union of two beloved schools of dankness”. The hop heavy India pale ale features Simcoe, Centennial, Nugget, Citra hops, as well as Denali and Eureka hop oils.
It’s two worlds colliding in the tastiest way possible, with a slightly hazy, beautiful hop character and a bright, clean finish.
Modern Times Citadel IPA is available in 22-ounce bottles and draft at the brewery’s Lomaland Fermentorium now, and Downtown Los Angeles and Portland locations in the very near future.
Hops: Simcoe, Centennial, Nugget, Citra
Hop Oil: Denali, Eureka
Malts: 2-Row Barley, Wheat, Golden Oats
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: Early June 2018
Image: Modern Times
Odell Cloud Catcher Milkshake IPA is set to debut later this summer.
The currently unofficial style of beer known as the “milkshake India pale ale” is basically a hazy IPA plus lactose, a milk sugar. Most milkshakes have vanilla beans and fruit also added.
Fort Collins, Colorado based Odell Brewing is slated to release Cloud Catcher Milkshake IPA this August. The hop forward, smooth IPA is purported to feature flavors of “creamsicle and peach”, although the label artwork doesn’t mention the addition of any fruit.
Our fabled Odell Cloud Catcher roams the sunset, sweeping up every stray Cumulonimbus. She has one mission: to capture the key ingredient to our hazy, smooth Milkshake IPA. Hop-forward with notes of creamsicle and peach, it delivers a citrus-like burst alongside its velvety texture. Her risk is your delicious reward.
Odell Cloud Catcher will be available in 12-ounce cans and draft in August, according to the brewery’s website.
Three Taverns 3 Day IPA is back in cans this weekend, ahead of the local Decatur Arts Festival.
This hoppy release is actually the official beer Decatur Arts Festival. The session India pale ale was a huge hit when first released on draft in 2016.
This year’s release dry-hopped, and features Amarillo, Lemondrop, Mosaic, and El Dorado hops.
…is a 4.6% session IPA that is hazy in appearance and extremely crushable.
Three Taverns 3 Day IPA is available at the taproom starting May 23rd in 12-ounce cans, and draft.
Hops: Amarillo, Mosaic, Lemondrop, El Dorado
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Image: Three Taverns
The Veil Brewing IREALLYdontwanttoBU! is available again at the brewery in Richmond, Virginia.
This release is a double dry-hopped spin on Veil’s IdontwanttoBU, their “0 International Bitterness Unit” IPA. This edition is blown out of the water with Citra and Mosaic hops.
This one is incredibly aromatic. We heart this one. – The Veil Brewing
The Veil Brewing IREALLYdontwanttoBU! is available in 16-ounce cans and draft, until it sells out again on May 22nd.
Hops: Citra, Mosaic
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Latest Return: 5/23/18
Image: The Veil Brewing