Ballast Point Red Velvet, seen on draft in the past, is now apart of a 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.
You want a beer that gets weird? You’ve found it. It’s a stout that pours blood red, and tastes a bit like chocolate frosting, and creamy too. A beer that really makes you feel all the feels because your eyes are telling you one thing and your tastebuds are telling you another. Don’t worry about the beats either. You’ll only find them in the color. A tasty mindfu$k indeed.
Ballast Point Red Velvet is a 12 ounce bottle release, shipping nationally starting in January, 2017.
Debut: January, 2017
Terrapin Wake-n-Bake, aka W-n-B, is making a seasonal return to the Athens, Georgia based brewery’s seasonal lineup. This year it is available in cans for the first time.
2016 marks the 12th release of Terrapin Wake-n-Bake, an oatmeal stout brewed with a special blend of coffee from Athens local Jittery Joes Coffee.
Black as night, this coffee stout is thick, rich and full of real coffee flavor. Brewed with a special blend of beans from all over the world developed and roasted specifically for Terrapin by our friends at Jittery Joe’s Coffee right here in Athens, GA.
Two years ago, Terrapin invested in a canning line, and has been slowing transition a majority of the lineup from bottles cans.
Taste. There is so much coffee and chocolate in the 2016 release. The coffee blend is epic and available year-round. That coffee blend added to such a smooth and rich imperial stout, and you have a beer perfect for drinking alone, adding to food, or pairing with dessert.
Terrapin Wake-n-Bake is available in 12 ounce cans and draft across the brewery’s distribution network in November, 2016.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Can Debut: November, 2016
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Upper Hand Christmastime 2015 joins the brewery’s lineup in early November. Upper Hand is a division of Bell’s Brewery.
Upper Hand Christmastime features Michigan grown oats, for a creamy mouthfeel.
“Christmastime was brewed to share in front of the fireplace with your friends and family,” commented Larry Bell, President and Founder of Bell’s Brewery, Inc. …It just might give you the sisu you need to get through the holidays and the U.P.’s long cold winter.”
Upper Hand Christmastime 2015 is available in 12 ounce bottles and draft throughout Upper Hand’s limited distribution footprint.
Style: Oatmeal Stout
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Seasonal.
Release: November, 2015
Burial Beer Co. (Asheville, NC) released Skillet Donut Stout will make a re-return on March 14th, 2015. The oatmeal stout is brewed with molasses and milk sugar, and Counter Culture Coffee.
Cold black iron. Never decaying, it is held to the fire to unearth impeccable flavor from whatever it holds. Never biased, it welcomes all ingredients. The Skillet is our most trusted and daring tool of culinary ingenuity. It is the perfect barrier-carrier fro this rich, black ale. This breakfast stout is made from a blend of nine barley malts, a healthy scoop of oats, milk and molasses sugars, and our favorite blend of freshly roasted Counter Culture Coffee beans. Welcome the day with rich cocoa, smooth caramel, dark fruits, and an abundance of diverse coffee aroma unlike no other. Drink your breakfast.
Burial Skillet Donut Stout is available in limited quantities on draft, and at the brewery in Asheville, North Carolina.
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Firestone Walker is now shipping a four bottle bundle that contains Velvet Mocha Merlin. The beer is seasonal offering Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout infused with Intelligentsia espresso beans and cocoa nibs.
All of the smooth textures and roasty dark chocolate goodness of our seasonal Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout with the added infusion of Intelligentsia Coffee House aromas and cocoa dusted chocolate truffle flavors.
Firestone Walker Velvet Mocha Merlin is only available in the Winter Bundle pack.
Availability: 22oz Bottles. Winter Bundle Only. Draft, Limited
Release: November, 2014
5.5% ABV, 27 IBUs
Two years ago, Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat was promoted to big time status. The brewery took Buffalo Sweat, an oatmeal cream stout, and nuanced it with Ugandan vanilla beans.
The result is a creamy chocolate beer with a hint of espresso, turned full on dessert beer.
To create Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat we start with our best selling beer, Buffalo Sweat. We carefully infuse this award- winning oatmeal cream stout with whole Ugandan vanilla beans. This enhances the beer’s natural dark-roasted flavors of espresso, chocolate, and creamy sweetness. “Liquid chocolate chip espresso cookies” is how one fan described its unique flavor.
Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat is available in 16oz cans again for 2014.