Bell’s Larry’s Latest Fruit Fight will join the brewery founder’s namesake series in January.
It started with Larry’s Latest Sour Ale earlier this year. The brewery moved this kettle sour into the spot in the lineup previously held by Smitten Rye Ale. Now the series will host a new release in the coming new year – Bell’s Bell’s Larry’s Latest Fruit Fight, brewed with passionfruit, lime zest, and wheat. In the dead of winter, Bell himself bills this tropically themed release as a “staycation beer”:
This is a fun beer with a fun name. When it’s released, it’ll be nice little staycation of sorts, a break from the wintery blues January can bring.” – Larry Bell
Many of the beers in the “Larry’s Latest” series never leave the Eccentric Cafe in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. This Fruit Fight will be just the second beer to be distributed in the series. Expect it in 12-ounce bottles, 16-ounce cans, and draft.
Unknown Bright Ass Tank Top is back in action as July winds down, slamming two styles together in one canned package.
It seems like key limes have found almost overnight success in beer. Unknown Bright Ass Tank Top has them in the base gose, plus Nicaraguan rum barrels. Brewery founder Brad Schell told Beer Street Journal of his excitement to find such great rum barrels.
“They smell like being drunk on a beach or being a pirate.”- Brad Schell, brewery founder
The base beer is a gose brewed with sea salt and key limes, then aged in the rum barrels for over three months.
The result? A bold beer. There are a few key lime flavored beers running around out there these days. While some just taste a little citrusy, Bright Ass Tank Top doesn’t let you forget what it is. A rum filled gose that is full of key lime juice. You can’t miss a bright as shit tank top walking by you. You won’t forget this beer either.
Unknown Bright Ass Tank Top is available once again in 16-ounce cans and draft.
Distribution: NC, SC, GA
Latest Return: July 2018
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Creature Comforts Cucumber and Lime Tritonia will return in cans for only the second time starting in late-May.
In 2017, Cucumber and Lime Tritonia cans were finally released complimenting the popular draft offering. The base tart gose is brewed with coriander and sea salt, plus a blend of fresh lime and cucumber.
Thanks to the brewery’s added capacity at their second facility in their hometown of Athens, Georgia, there will be more cans of this release headed to distribution this year.
Creature Comforts Cucumber and Lime Tritonia is one of a few “Tritonia” variants available during the year.12-ounce cans and draft will be available for a limited time starting May 21st.
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Boulevard Tequila Barrel Lime Gose was a hit last year on draft. In 2018 the brewery has bottled the seasonal offering.
In mid-2016, Kansas City-based Boulevard Brewing acquired freshly emptied tequila barrels. After a style debate on what would go into the wood the brewery settled on a German-style gose.
Aged with fresh limes, Boulevard Tequila Barrel Lime Gose smells of oak and vanilla. According to Boulevard expect:
…a pleasant, refreshing lactic acidity and hints of coriander and sea salt, citrus flavors mingle with malt sweetness to temper the acidity and touch of heat provided by tequila barrel-aging.
Boulevard Tequila Barrel Lime Gose is available in 12-ounce bottles and draft across select brewery markets in March 2018.
5.9% ABV, 15 IBUs
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We honestly aren’t sure what we drink more of around the Beer Street Journal office – beer or margaritas. This release makes choosing between the two a little bit easier. Second Self Margarita in Gose is back for a second season.
Let’s address the most badass fact about this beer, the Top Gun theme. Second Self now has a “Top Gun Series” of beers, that started with Maverick & Gose last year. That beer is back in the skies (shelves) once again with an updated recipe. Since you can’t pull off an inverted flying maneuver without a partner, Second Self Margarita in Gose, aka “MIG” is here.
MIG mimics the taste of a margarita thanks to fresh orange lime juice and Florida orange peel. Those flavors, plus a touch of salt makes this gose margarita/ beer hybrid. Shots of tequila might make the perfect compliment. The choice is yours.
Second Self Margarita in Gose is available in Georgia and Alabama again in March 2018.
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New Belgium Tartastic Raspberry Lime Ale leads off a new kettle soured series of ales in 2018.
Some of this beer name should already be familiar to you – “Tartastic”. A year ago, New Belgium debuted Tartastic Lemon Ginger Sour. The brewery found success with this release among their fanbase, prompting the brewery to turn Tartastic into a full-on series. New Belgium Tartastic Raspberry Lime Ale takes the lead in the series this year, brewed with raspberry and lime purees.
Don’t let the beautiful color fool you, this beer isn’t heavy on the fruit. Each sip has a touch of tartness up front, that gives way to malty finish with just a drizzle of fresh raspberry. Intentionally restrained, Raspberry Lime Ale is better described as possessing “the essence” of the berries and citrus, instead of a face plant directly into a sweet pie.
Expect more “Tartastic” fruit-based releases in 2018.
New Belgium Tartastic Raspberry Lime Ale is a 12-ounce bottle and draft seasonal release.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: February 2018
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Creature Comforts Mango, Orange & Lime Tritonia debuts in the brewery’s taproom on Friday.
The Athens, Georgia based brewery hit a home run with their fans when they debuted Cucumber & Lime Tritonia on draft in 2015. Creature Comforts has been teasing new variants ever since.
This Friday look for a new variant hits cans – Creature Comforts Mango, Orange & Lime Tritonia. The tart wheat ale features a touch of coriander, and sea salt, plus fresh mangos, oranges and limes.
12-ounce cans of this Tritonia variant are on sale at the brewery on Friday, January 19th at 3 pm.