Full Sail Session has iconic status in our book. The stubby bottled lager has a beer identity all its own. This winter it is joined by fruitier option – Full Sail Session Black Cherry Black.
A few years ago, the Hood River, Oregon brewery added Session Black to the lineup. The year-round black lager is known for its roasty chocolate flavors. Starting this month, you can throw cherries into the mix.
Full Sail Session Black Cherry Black uses Session Black as the base beer, plus a dash of dark cherry flavor. The result is what the brewery describes as a cherry cordial.
This new Session is Session Black with a cherry on top – actually, it’s more like a cherry cordial without the brandy. The aroma and flavor of cherry complements the smooth chocolate character of this dark lager.” – Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter
Full Sail Session Black Cherry Black is available in 12 ounce bottles in the Session Series 12 Pack, and Session Mashup Variety Pack through April, 2017.
Asheville, North Carolina’s Hi-Wire Brewing has been absolutely killing it with the artwork. Don’t believe us? See Hi-Wire 10W-40 Imperial Stout. Coming in February is some more awesome artwork, found in the Hi-Wire Collaboration 12-Pack. If you’ve ever used a can of spray paint, or stepped foot in the paint section of a hardware store, you’ll find something familiar with this branding.
It has been a while since Hi-Wire has been able to collaborate with other breweries, thanks to the time it has taken to get settled in with their new production facility. When time opened up on the production schedule, they opted to go big.
Holy City co-owner Jeff Moreadith is a lover of lighter beers, as well as an Asheville resident. Together, they created Carolina Coastal Black Rye Lager using Seashore Black Rye, a malt grown outside Charleston, South Carolina.
The 12-pack will be rounded out with Hi-Wire’s flagship beers: Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPA, Hi-Wire Lager, and Hi-Wire Gose.
Look for Hi-Wire Collaboration 12-pack throughout the brewery’s entire distribution footprint in mid-February, 2017.
Deschutes Pacific Wonderland Lager launches year-round this month.
Around 60 years ago, “Pacific Wonderland” started showing up on license plates in Oregon to celebrate the state’s 100th birthday. A very fitting name for a beautiful state full of great views and great beers. Deschutes thought that kind of beauty and wonderment needed a beer that captures the adventure.
in the spirit of Oregon comes Deschutes Pacific Wonderland, a sessionable lager that debuts this month. The 5.5% alcohol by volume beer features Hallertau Herkules, Hallertau Mettelfruh and Tettnang Mandarina hops. It’s the dry-hopping that really makes this special.
“When we set out to create Pacific Wonderland, we wanted to capture the diverse spirit of Oregon in a single beer that we could share with everyone. Our team explored something a little different, creating a lager by style and then dry hopping it to make something unique – just like our home state.” – Deschutes brewmaster, Veronica Vega
The label depicts the “endlessly diverse adventures” available in Oregon, across all seasons.
Deschutes Pacific Wonderland Lager is available in 12 ounce bottles and draft starting in January, 2017. 12 packs to follow in the spring.
Hops: Hallertau Herkules, Hallertau Mettelfruh, Tettnang Mandarina
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft
Debut: January, 2017
A new nitro pour lager is hitting taps this month – Cigar City El Coco, a tropical coconut flan ale.
This release is inspired by a past collaboration with Chicago’s 5 Rabbit Cerveceria El Bizarrón, a porter brewed with caramelized plantains. In keeping with the beer-meets-Latin food theme, comes a El Coco, inspired by the brewery’s favorite dessert – flan.
Dulce de leche and coconut help create this nitro lager. Expect tropical flavors like coconut in each sip. The name – El Coco, is for a mythical bogeyman in Latin folklore by the same name. Legend has it that parents in Spain and Latin America invoke Coco to discourage children from misbehaving, otherwise he will eat you.
Coconut milk and brown sugar aromas mingle with cinnamon and nutmeg in the aroma of this assertively aromatic tropical ale. Flavors of coconut flan, bread crust and allspice are supported by a full body enhanced by dispense on a nitrogen line, creating a true dessert beer that eschews sweetness for balance and harmony.
Coconut milk and brown sugar aromas mingle with cinnamon and nutmeg in the aroma of this assertively aromatic tropical ale. Flavors of coconut flan, bread crust and allspice are supported by a full body enhanced by dispense on a nitrogen line, creating a true dessert beer that eschews sweetness for balance and harmony
Cigar City El Coco is part of a whole series of nitro tap offerings coming this year. This release is available now through February, 2017.
8.5% ABV, 22 IBUs
Samuel Adams Fresh As Helles, a new lager, will join the brewery’s lineup March, preceded by new seasonal Hopscape.
In the fall of 2016, the Boston, Massachusetts brewer created the first batches of Samuel Adams Fresh As Helles. The lager features Mandarina hops, and orange blossom petals.
In a special breakfast during this year’s Great American Beer Festival, Jim Koch introduced Fresh As Helles to a small group of attendees. The malt-forward boasts notes of honey and orange citrus. A winter seasonal, the citrus in the is beer will remind you that spring is not far behind.
Fresh as Helles is a refreshing light amber, medium-bodied helles brewed with Mandarina hops and orange blossom petals. The beer’s lively, citrus flavors pair perfectly with the changing season. Soft citrus notes of orange blossom add a bright accent to the slightly sweet honey malt notes, leading to a round, smooth finish.
Samuel Adams Fresh As Helles will be a 12 ounce bottle, can, and draft release starting in March instead of February.
5.4% ABV, 18 IBUs
Jekyll Lager, the brewery’s second can release, is hitting shelves now. The Alpharetta, Georgia based brewery describes this lager as a lighter beer brewed just in time for fall outdoor activities. Jekyll Lager makes it debut in cans and will be the first beer from the brewery to do so.
This is Jekyll’s spin on a true American Light Lager, brewed with American Pilsner malt and flaked rice. This lager provides a crisp light flavor and slightly dry finish that make it utterly sessionable. In creating our lager, our goal was to provide consumers with a lighter, high quality craft beer, a good entry point for folks who are new to craft. – Brewmaster and Co-owner Josh Rachel
This release will be available in 12oz cans, hitting shelves for the first time in early November 2016.
Availability: 6 packs, 12oz cans
Release: November, 2016
Sixpoint Tesla, a “hop-charged lager,” hit markets in a limited release. The name actually honors scientist Nikola Tesla, widely known for his innovations in solar and hydroelectric power as well as alternating currency electricity.
Sixpoint Tesla is a clean lager, super-charged with American hops.
Think the juicyness of big doses of American Hops, with that clean snappiness of a cold-fermented, meticulously-lagered beer.
Sixpoint Tesla rings in at a 7.1% ABV in Sixpoint’s usual slim 12oz cans.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Limited Release.
Debut: September, 2016