Topic Archives: Nitrogen

Posted in Ballast Point Brewing, Headlines

Ballast Point Red Velvet kicks off nitro bottle lineup

Ballast Point Red Velvet bottles

Ballast Point Red Velvet, seen on draft in the past, is now kicking off a special new “Nitro” bottle program.

Nitrogen infused bottles, once used exclusively by world renowned Guinness, have been adopted by various U.S. based breweries over the past few years. Left Hand Brewing was notably first, with Nitro Milk Stout bottles debuting at the Great American Beer Festival in 2011.  Samuel Adams, and Oskar Blues have followed up with their own nitro releases. Now Ballast Point has their own nitrogen infused bottles to kick off 2017.

Ballast Point Red Velvet, a unique twist on an oatmeal stout, is a future Nitro Series release; already available on nitro taps. The California based brewery created a chocolatey stout that resembles the cake for which it was named. So much so that pours red, thanks the to a hefty helping of beet juice. The foamy head on the beer truly is the icing on the cake.

Nitrogen bottles are a first for Ballast Point, which recently expanded their can lineup to include releases like Grapefruit Sculpin, Mango Even Keel, and Watermelon Dorado (just to name a few). 

Ballast Point Red Velvet is a 12 ounce bottle release, shipping nationally in January, 2017.

Style: Oatmeal Porter (Chocolate, Beets, Nitrogen.)
Availability: Draft (Current), 12oz Bottles, (TBA)

Debut: January, 2017

5.5% ABV

Posted in Beer News

Cigar City El Coco (a tropical coconut flan ale)

Cigar City El Coco

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.

Style: Lager (w/ Dulce de Leche, Coconut. Nitro Pour)
Availability: Draft Only
Debut: January, 2017

8.5% ABV, 22 IBUs

Posted in Modern Times Beer, New Releases

Nitro coconut, coffee & chocolate for Modern Times

Modern Times Nitro Black House with Coffee, Coconut, & Cocoa

Kicking off 2017 in smooth fashion – Modern Times Nitro Black House with Coffee, Coconut, & Cocoa.

The base beer is Black House, the brewery’s year-round oatmeal coffee stout, brewed with Ethiopian Hambela and Sumatran coffee. This special January 2017 release is not only nice and creamy thanks to the nitrogen, but also features coconut and cocoa.

This beer turned out absolutely outstanding, with a decadent mélange of chocolaty, coffee-laden radness laced with delicious notes of coconut, all wrapped up in a package so smooth and velvety, you’ll say, “Damn…that is extremely smooth and velvety.

Modern Times Nitro Black House with Coffee, Coconut, & Cocoa will be available across the brewery’s entire distribution area in early January.

Style: Oatmeal Stout (w/ Cocoa, Coconut, Coffee) Nitro Pour
Hops:
Malts: 2 Row, Oats, Crystal 60, Munich, Roasted Barley, Chocolate, Midnight Wheat, Carapils

Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Limited Release.
Debut: January, 2017

?? ABV

Posted in Great Divide, Headlines

Spotted: Great Divide Velvet Yeti

Great Divide Velvet Yeti

Great Divide Velvet Yeti, the newest in a line of “Yetis” has officially been spotted. Or in this case, tapped.

Yeti Imperial Stout is easily one of the most iconic stouts in America. Over the past few years, the Denver, Colorado based brewery has grown the lineup to include Oatmeal, Espresso Oak Aged, and Chocolate Oak Aged editions. Each one is unique and flavorful, as well as strong. Your next morning will be a rough one if you are slamming Yetis all night. Great Divide Velvet Yeti is a little different.

This Yeti fell in with the nitrogen crowd. You know those kind of people. Little bubbles. Weird taps.

A nitro Yeti is finally going big time. Brewery founder Brian Dunn has had a vision of a more “sessionable,” nitrogen edition of Yeti. Great Divide has experimented over the past few years, so a lucky few might have found it in the taproom in the past. With various expansions going on at the brewery, fall 2016 was as good a time as any to roll this beer out.

If you were to lower the alcohol by volume from an “in your face” imperial stout like Yeti, you’d think the end result would be a beer that tastes thin, or watered down. Not even close. Great Divide Velvet Yeti is big on creamy chocolate and coffee flavors. One just isn’t enough.

This new release comes with just a tiny catch. Right now, Great Divide is producing around 112 kegs a month. Colorado and California are the first states tapping Velvet.

Great Divide Velvet Yeti is a draft only offering.

Style: Stout (Nitro Tap)
Availability: Draft Only
Debut: 10/3/16

5% ABV

Posted in Breckenridge Brewing, Don't Miss This

Breckenridge Pumpkin Spice Latte. Yeah, it’s a thing.

Breckenridge Pumpkin Spice Latte can

Forget the non-alcoholic PSLs running around out there. Breckenridge Pumpkin Spice Latte (complete with booze) is now available.

Tis the season for pumpkin. Pumpkin beers are back in full force, and Breckenridge decided to go all all-in on the most well known style of beverage for the season.

Part of the brewery’s Nitro Series, Breckenridge Pumpkin Spice Latte is a nitrogen laced stout, brewed with pumpkin spices and a touch of coffee.

Some of you by now are saying WTF. Honestly, actually kind of works. The nitrogen adds the creaminess that the milk does in a latte. The pumpkin flavors bold but not overwhelming, with a bit of coffee in the finish. All in a “grande” aka 16 ounce can.

Breckenridge Pumpkin Spice Latte is available in 16 ounce cans/4 packs, seasonally.

Style: Pumpkin Beer (w/ Coffee. Nitrogen infused.)
Availability: 16oz Cans. Seasonal.
Debut: September, 2016

5.5% ABV 

Posted in Left Hand Brewing, New Beers
Posted in Don't Miss This, Sam Adams

Sam Adams Nitro Cans now shipping nationally

Boston Beer Company, makers of what you know as Samuel Adams beer, have officially launched their first nitrogenated beer can offerings, nationally.

First up in the series is Sam Adams Nitro White Ale. Brewed with Citra hops, plus Grains of Paradise, orange peel, and coriander, 5.5% ABV.

There are two more nitro cans to be released in the upcoming months. February will see the release of Sam Adams Nitro IPA, brewed with six different hops including Zeus, Polaris, Galaxy, Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe. 7.5% ABV

March release is Sam Adams Nitro Coffee Stout. Hopped with East Kent Goldings, the coffee laden beer finishes at 5.8% ABV.

All Samuel Adams Nitro Can offerings will be available in 16 ounce cans, 4 packs. Retail prices between $8.99 and $10.99.

Samuel Adams Nitro Can 4 Pack