One of America’s well-known imperial stouts is getting a new treatment in the near future. Lovers of chai won’t want to miss Great Divide Chai Yeti.
“Yeti” is synonymous in the beer world with a big, highly rated imperial stout. Variants include Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, Espresso Yeti, Oak Aged Yeti, and Oatmeal Yeti. Last fall, the brewery released Velvet Yeti, a nitrogen infused edition. Now, Yeti is spending some time with a few exotic spices.
Great Divide Chai Yeti is brewed with a plethora of chai related spices, including cinnamon, green cardamom, black pepper, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla.
Our beloved Yeti is going back to its roots with this Himalayan-inspired variation. Traditional Chai spices of cinnamon, green cardamom, black pepper, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla blend seemlessly with Yeti’s rich, roasted malt backbone for a spicy beast fit to tackle Everest.
Great Divide Chai Yeti is slated for 22 ounce bottles and draft. Tentatively slated for an October release, according to the brewery’s annual calendar.
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.
21st Amendment El Camino (Un) Real, a three way collaboration with Firestone Walker and Stone Brewing will soon return.
The last time the world saw this collaboration was in 2011, when Stone Brewing released 12 ounce bottles of the unique beer. El Camino (Un) Real is a dark ale, brewed with fennel seeds, chia seeds, peppercorns and figs.
The name plays a massive importance in this beer. El Camino Real is a 600 mile stretch of road in California that connects 21 Spanish Missions. Missionaries and Native Americans grew crops like chia and fennel along the stretch. 21st Amendment El Camino (Un) Real brings three California breweries together in one can, plus a little history to boot.
Offering a glimpse into what many feel is the “real” California, the El Camino Real wends through the state’s coastline, mountains, fertile farming valleys, and traffic-heavy urban and suburban areas. And of course, you’ll also find the 21 California Missions, reminders of Father Junípero Serra’s and the Spanish missionaries’ attempts to convert the indigenous California residents to Catholicism.
21st Amendment El Camino (Un) Real is a 12 ounce can and draft release. Cans debuted at the brewery’s taproom the week of October 17th. National distribution to follow.
9.5% ABV, 76 IBUs
Flying Dog Brewhouse Rarities White Peach Saison has debuted, a late summer saison with peaches.
Erin and Nate from the brewery’s marketing team, mentioned the idea for this release. As a late summer release, a French-style saison would be nicely nuanced by white peaches. In case you don’t know, white or pale peach is lower in acidity, than a yellow peach, and taste sweeter.
The candy-sweet character of El Dorado hops added a modern twist to the beer, which is already high on our crushability scale.
Flying Dog Brewhouse Rarities White Peach Saison is a 12 ounce bottle and draft limited offering.
Jester King Fantome Del Rey, the Texas edition and follow up to the 2014 Fantome collaboration releases today.
The Texas edition of Jester King Fantome Del Rey is a blend of old and young barrel aged beer. (AKA Bière de Courage.) The older piece of this blend is the 2014 edition from 2014, brewed with barley, dark candi syrup, coriander, and black peppercorns. That beer was fermented in stainless steel with truffle honey before headed to oak barrels.
Sadly, thanks to restrictive beer laws in Jester’s home state, the beer couldn’t be released there.
In 2015, Jester King brewed the young edition of the collaboration, and blended it with the old.
Jester King Fantome Del Rey (Texas Edition) will be available by the glass, and to-go in 750 milliliter bottles when the tap room opens on May 6th, 2016.
8.8% ABV, 19 IBUs
Starr Hill Daily Grind will kick off the brewery’s new Heavy Rotation Series in March.
This new series will allow the brewers to focus some brewing efforts away from the India pale ales they are known for, and come up with some interesting new mixes. Interestingly, each beer will have a “mixtape” list on Spotify, created by the brewers.
Starr Hill Daily Grind is a farmhouse style ale, brewed with peppercorns.
Enhancing traditional aromas of spice and citrus, crushed peppercorns bring earthy, bright flavors to the rustic saison farmhouse ale.
Starr Hill Daily Grind will be available in 12 ounce bottles and draft from March through May, 2016.
Debut: March, 2016
Dogfish Head Beer to Drink Music To is a new seasonal joining the Delaware based brewery’s today. A special party is planning at the Milton, Delaware brewery.
Dogfish Head is no stranger to beer and music collaborations – (see Positive Contact, American Beauty, Beer Thousand, etc.) This time, the beer be will be for whatever you want to listen to. Meet the official beer of Record Store Day – Dogfish Head Beer to Drink Music To.
In case you vinyl isn’t your thing, Record Store Day is the third Saturday in April, that celebrates independently owned record stores worldwide.
As for Dogfish Head Beer to Drink Music To, the base beer is a Belgian-style tripel, brewed with Sweet Orange Peel, Green Cardamon, Peppercorns, Vanilla.
While the beer debuts today at the brewery, markets should see 12 ounce bottles and draft in the weeks to come.
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