Two southern California pioneers are teaming up this spring. Music and beer fuse in forthcoming Alesmith Sublime Mexican Lager.
Unless you’ve been living under rock, you’ve heard the musical stylings of SoCal’s Sublime, best known for the song “Santeria” and “What I Got”. 2017 marks the 25th Anniversary of the band’s debut album 40oz to Freedom? The duo is celebrating accordingly.
When you hail from Southern California and are celebrating an album called 40oz to Freedom, what do you brew? A Mexican-style lager. In 40 ounce bottles.
You don’t see a lot of “40s” in craft brewing. When Alesmith’s owner Peter Zien sat down with the band, he learned Sublime has an affinity for the Vienna-style lager (brewed heavily in Mexico, aka Mexican Lager). The style is very crisp and clean, finishing slightly sweet. A fitting style for sunny SoCal weather, or tailgating for a concert.
“It doesn’t taste like anything else. The flavor is great and it has a craft beer flare with a true Mexican lager taste. This is the one!” – Sublime co-founder Bud Gaugh. “
The 40 ounce bottles are a special release, sold as ticket pre-order on July 8th, on sale July 15th. The keg tapping party with include drummer Bud Gaugh, and DJ PRODUCT 1969c, who worked on Sublimes Robbin’ The Hood album.
Alesmith Sublime Mexican Lager will be available in 12 ounce cans and draft year-round starting in June, 2017.
Style: Vienna Lager
Availability: 12oz Cans, 40oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut (40oz Bottles): July, 2017
Cans: August, 2017
Image: AleSmith Brewing
NOFX can easily considered one of the most successful independent bands of all time. Formed in 1983 by bassist Fat Mike and guitarist Eric Melvin, the band has never signed with a major label. That kind of independence is very familiar to California’s Stone Brewing. Perhaps that’s where Stone Punk in Drublic, a collaboration with NOFX rises from.
First, the name. Stone Punk in Drublic is named for NOFX’s 1994 release by the same name, considered the band’s most popular release.
This craft brewing meets punk music collaboration, is a hoppy lager perfect for “when you just need something to wash the noise down.”
This beer was brewed as a collaboration between Stone Brewing and Fat Mike. Who showed up and mostly just got in the way.
Stone Brewing has not yet officially announced this release.
Stone Punk in Drublic will be available in 12 ounce bottles and draft.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
In 2017, Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp is going international. One of America’s best breweries is pushing beyond their home borders, collaborating with folks across the world. As far as U.S. based collaborations, Minnesota’s Surly Brewing has been chosen to for 2017. Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Ginger Lager is the result.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of trying Beer Camp creations in the past, they truly are some very unique beers, brewed by some of the best brewers out there. A collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Surly conjures up images of outdoorsy types and metal enthusiasts in one room, with impossible to predict results. What they came up with is a lager, which might not thrill everyone. That is, until the team adds spicy ginger, cayenne, and oak. You can forget forgettable lagers.
Absolute Beer Camp Highlight.
This is far and away one of the best beers in the 2017 Beer Camp box. A crisp lager that leads with ginger, and finishes with a touch of cayenne and oak. If you thought lagers were boring, this one will have you rethinking it. Consider this an official nomination for this beer to go into full production. One lonely can is far from enough of this unique beer.
The abrasive attitude of Minnesota’s Surly Brewing Co. brings an aggressive yet refined approach to creating recipes. We came together to create this easy-drinking but complex ginger-infused lager. It’s brewed with hot ginger and a pinch of cayenne to spice up the heat and then dry hopped with an inclusion of oak for a touch of woody vanilla to round out the flavor.
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Ginger Lager will be a 16 ounce can release, a part of the Beer Camp Across the World collection, debuting later this year.
For the first time in SweetWater’s 20 year history, the brewery finally has a pilot system. In keeping with the fishing and rivers theme, the 5 barrel brewhouse is lovingly called “The Hatchery”. The little brewhouse pales in comparison to the 400 barrel brewhouse just a few hundred feet away. This month a second release from the pilot system emerges – SweetWater Mexican Style Lager.
The first release from The Hatchery was SweetWater Mosaic IPA, a single hopped spin on their venerable year-round IPA. Side note – that beer is fantastic. Many fans hope that beer gets full-scale brewhouse treatment.
This Mexican-style lager is actually a Vienna lager, brewed a little lighter and sweeter than its American cousin. SweetWater’s Travis Stone wanted an easy drinking beer to chug as the weather gets warmers, and by the looks of it, he’s done it.
Slightly sweet, malty, and tropical fruit aromas.
SweetWater Mexican Style Lager will be available in 12 ounce bottles (in the brewery’s variety pack) and draft, starting Friday May 5th.
Style: Mexican Lager
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.=
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)
A member of the “Session” brand is hitting shelves this month – Full Sail Sesión Cervesa.
Think beaches, hot weather, tans. The Hood River, Oregon brewery is bringing a Mexican lager to the table. You’ve probably seen a surge in the “Mexican” lager across craft brewing recently. Examples include 21st Amendment El Sully, and Oskar Blues Beerito. Around the end of the 19th century, Germany ex-patriots started brewing Vienna lagers in country. Somewhere along the line, the style became synonymous with Mexican lagers.
Full Sail Sesión Cervesa falls right in line with the style, brewed with pilsner malt and flaked corn. We poured it ice cold on a sunny 72 degree spring day and couldn’t stop thinking about getting tacos or chips and salsa on a porch somewhere. Sesión Cervesa is an absolutely perfect day drinking. Let’s put it this way: if you are someone that doesn’t like the idea of industrial lagers On your next beer run, make sure you say Hola! to this one.
“The pour is pure gold in a bottle.” Sesíon Cerveza offers the refreshing character of the imports in a locally crafted beer, perfect for your next fiesta. The hops impart subtle hints of lemon and spice to complement the crisp malt body. -Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter
Full Sail Sesión Cervesa is available in 11 ounce “stubby” bottles and draft, year-round.
Hops: Celeia, Northern Brewer
Malts: Pilsner, Flaked Corn
Availability: 11oz Bottles, Draft.
PIC: Beer Street Journal
A beer that might have you dreaming of warmer temperatures. Victory Homegrown American Lager is on deck by the Pennsylvania based brewery.
Using American whole cone hops, the brewery touts this future lager at “distinctly resinous”. Victory may lean towards German whole flower hops like Hallertau, and European styles like pilsner and radler, Homegrown New American Lager features Yakima, Washington grown hops. Brewed just outside the birthplace of America – Philadelphia. Seems pretty “homegrown” to us.
All-American hop aromatics-dank aroma. Dry-hopped aggressively. Full flavor, but dry finish. Clean VBC lager profile.
Victory Homegrown New American Lager is slated to be a draft, 12 ounce can, and bottle release. The brewery has not yet announced this beer.
Availability: 12oz Cans, 12oz Bottles, Draft.