New Belgium‘s watermelon lime ale is back in the brewery’s seasonal lineup for a second time. This year, you’ll see it called New Belgium Juicy Watermelon.
The base recipe is basically the same as before. New Belgium tells Beer Street Journal that “Heavy Melon” didn’t really capture the essence of the beer. When deciding on whether or order or purchase, “heavy” anything might be a turn off. Juicy on the other hand, is much more palatable.
Watermelon and lime are the stars of this beer, that finishes at 5% alcohol by volume. New Belgium loves their seasonals, and this one might be the most crazy (non Lips of Faith) offering to date. If beer was fruit at a hot summer picnic, this beer would be it.
Cool off with this refreshingly fruity summer beer brewed with watermelons and limes.
New Belgium Juicy Watermelon is a 12 ounce bottle and draft seasonal release.
Spring will bring Abita To-Gose to the French Quarter. (As well as everywhere else you can find Abita.)
In 2017, expect to see the Louisiana based brewery release a not only fresh takes on some of their most well-known beers, but also debuting a few new styles. Abita To-Gose the gose seen above being one of them. The brewery has introduced fresh key limes into a German-style gose. The result – a sour ale with a touch of salt and citrus.
In New Orleans, go-cups mean the fun (and the beer) doesn’t always stay inside the bar. To-Gose is Abita’s refreshing take on traditional Gose beer, brewed with malted wheat and barley, sea salt, coriander and German Perle hops. Fresh key limes added during aging create a sour ale with a kick of citrus, spice, and salt.
According to the brewery, Abita To-Gose should be available around May, 2017, in 12 ounce bottles and draft.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: Spring, 2017
Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale debuts today, marking the brewery’s third canned beer.
This tart ale is actually three different styles of beer that come together in one union. SeaQuench starts as a traditional kolsch, a salt-forward gose that is brewed with black limes and sea salt, and a Berliner Weisse brewed with lime juice and peel. The three beers were blended together during fermentation, resulting in a mixed, session sour ale.
Three styles blissfully brewed in sequence for a citrusy-tart union, our hybrid sour quencher is brewed with lime peel, black limes, and sea salt.
Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale is brewed in collaboration with the National Aquarium. Dogfish Head has already started various conservation efforts to help preserve local Chesapeake Bay.
As of January 30th, Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale will be available in 12 ounce cans and draft at the brewery. Distribution to follow soon.
4.9% ABV, 10 IBUs
Image: Dogfish Head
New Belgium Citradelic Exotic Lime Ale debuts this month. If you follow the brewery’s lineup, then this name might be familiar to you.
Citra hops are the hop of choice for many of New Belgium’s newest brews. The kettle soured draft only Fruit Fly, features Citra, the most obvious is Citradelic Tangerine IPA. The IPA also includes a subtle addition of tangerines.
Starting now, and continuing into 2017, “Citradelic” is evolving into a series. The second Citradelic offering is New Belgium Citradelic Exotic Lime Ale, a golden ale brewed with Citra hops, Persian limes, coriander, and cracked black pepper.
A crisp, refreshing golden ale bursting with juicy Persian lime, freshly ground coriander and a hint of cracked black pepper.
New Belgium Citradelic Exotic Lime Ale is a 12 ounce bottle release only.
Lost Abbey Madonna and Child, a new tequila barrel-aged sour, debuts this Friday in San Marcos, California.
A tequila sour is a first for Lost Abbey. Two years ago, the brewery released Agave Maria, a strong ale brewed with agave nectar and aged in Anejo and Reposado barrels for 10 months.
Lost Abbey Madonna and Child is brewed with lime and salt – pairing with well with the tequila notes from the barrel.
We started with a great base beer and aged it in tequila barrels, added some lime and a bit of salt for some true baja flavors. The result has us rethinking which one of our “children” we truly love the most. Lucky for Madonna, she only had one amazing child to care for.
The 375 milliliter bottles debut on September 23rd at the brewery, with distribution to begin the following Monday.
Image: Lost Abbey
Unknown Bright Ass Tank Top drops in about two weeks, 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 15 year old Nicaraguan rum barrels. Brewery founder Brad Schell told Beer Street Journal back in June he was pretty excited to find such great rum barrels. “They smell like being drunk on a beach or being a pirate.”
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 will be available in late August in 16 ounce cans and draft.
Distribution: NC, SC, Atlanta
Debut: Early September, 2016
Getting immediately down to business – the beer. Back in April, Jolly Pumpkin brewed a farmhouse ale brewed with Texas wheat and lime salt, that was ultimately blended with Jester King Montmorency vs. Balafon which was brewed with cherries.
The farmhouse ale features a large addition of hops in the boil in order to keep the bacteria and house mixed culture scaled back pending the 12 to 1 blend of Montmorency. The final blend was bottled on May 31st, and allowed to naturally re-ferment in bottles.
Jester King really dotes on this collaboration, as Jolly Pumpkin has been a strong influence on the Austin, Texas brewery since their inception.
Even appearing in the same sentence as Jolly Pumpkin, let alone collaborating with them, is a surreal experience for which we are extremely grateful. I’m not shy at all to say that Jolly Pumpkin is Jester King’s greatest influence. – Jeffery Stuffings, Founder
Jester King Space Waves is a 750ml bottle release on August 5th. Limited to 3,000 bottles with no distribution.
5.6% ABV, 41 IBUs