Topic Archives: Raspberries

Posted in Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Seasonal Return

Dessert Beer: Hardywood Raspberry Stout

Hardywood Raspberry Stout

Hardywood Raspberry Stout returns to the Richmond, Virginia based brewery’s lineup on January 7th.

The base imperial stout is brewed with ample amounts of cacao nibs, and chocolate malt (because, chocolate) and late season red raspberries from Hanover, Virginia based Agriberry Farm. We throw around the term “dessert beer” a lot at Beer Street Journal. With good reason, because they are damn good. Hardywood Raspberry Stout is all that an more.

Raspberry Stout captures the essence of a decadent raspberry truffle in liquid form. A beguiling ale, this stout’s enticing cocoa aromatics build to a flavorful crescendo of full bodied dark chocolate, subsiding with a pleasantly sweet, tart raspberry jam laced finish.

Hardywood Raspberry Stout us a 750 milliliter bottle release, available at the brewery on January 7th, 2017.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Cocoa Nibs, Raspberries.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft.
Latest Return: 1/7/17

9.2% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Madtree Brewing Co., Seasonal Return

Romance in a can: Madtree Rubus Cacao returns

Madtree Rubus Cacao can

MadTree Rubus Cacao is available in cans for just the second time ever. The beer first appeared on draft in early 2014.

MadTree Rubus Cacao is sweet chocolate stout, featuring cacao nibs from Cincinnati’s bean-to-bar chocolatier, Maverick Chocolate. The beer finishes with a touch of tart raspberry.

“It was important to us to work with a local partner to find the cacao nibs and that led us to Paul and Marlene at Maverick Chocolate,” said Jeff Hunt, MadTree Brewing co-founder.  “Maverick was on-board immediately and very excited to help us find the right chocolate to achieve the flavor profile we wanted for the large-scale release of Rubus Cacao.”

MadTree Rubus Cacao will be available in 12 ounce cans starting at 12 noon on January 7th. Attendees can try Maverick Chocolate offerings.

What to expect:  Some beers with raspberry can be overwhelming. I.E. Raspberry beer with a touch of stout. Madtree’s rendition is dessert. Hints of raspberry, balanced well with chocolate. The world needs a little more romance. This beer brings it. 12 ounces doesn’t last long.

Style: Stout (w/ Chocolate, Raspberry)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Distribution: Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Athens and Northern Kentucky.

Release: 1/7/16

7% ABV

Posted in Ardent Craft Ales, Don't Miss This, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Give Me Stout or Give Me Death, a Virginia collaboration

Stone Give Me Stout or Give Me Death

Stone Give Me Stout or Give Me Death, a Virginia based collaboration, debuts this week.

The Escondido, California based Stone Brewing has a second American home now in Richmond, Virginia. To commemorate their new digs, the brewery (no stranger to collaboration) has partnered with Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Ardent Craft Ales and the governor of Virginia. Starting this week, their collaboration debuts.

RELATED: Stone Collaboration Series

The patriotically inspired Stone Give Me Stout or Give Me Death, echoes the words of Patrick Henry, who spoke the famous words “Give me liberty, or give me death!” is Richmond in 1775. The base beer is an imperial stout, brewed with Virginia grown blackberries and raspberries.

“Stone Brewing has built an incredible operation here that is already benefiting the City of Richmond’s economy and its quality of life.  Now with its first collaboration with local mainstays, Ardent Craft Ales and Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Stone has created an excellent platform for future partnerships with the Virginia craft beer industry.  It was a great honor to contribute to the production of this stout that touts both the history of our Commonwealth and its rich agricultural offerings, and an even greater honor to drink it!” – Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. 

Stone Give Me Stout or Give Me Death is available in 22 ounce bottles and draft starting the week of December 12th, in limited distribution.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Blackberries, Raspberries)
Hops: Belma, Nugget

Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Distribution: AR, AL, DC, DE, GA, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, NH, NY, PA, RI, VA and at CA Stone Brewing locations only
Debut: 12/12/16

9.5% ABV

Posted in Jester King Brewery, Wicked Weed Brewing Co

Wicked Weed Red Atrial, a Jester King collaboration sells out

Wicked Weed Red Atrial

Wicked Weed Red Atrial sounds like a legendary collaboration. It’s took about an hour to sell out.

Jester King Atrial Rubicite is one of the brewery’s most sought after fruited sour ales. Jester King adds Washington raspberries to the oak matured sour beer, and allowed to re-ferment to boast dryness.

Wicked Weed Red Angel is a red sour ale – the red coming from 1.5 pounds of raspberries per gallon. Easily one of the best in the series.

Wicked Weed Red Atrial is a 50/50 blend of Red Angel and Atrial Rubicite, taken a step further. Each brewery independently aged their base beer on 5 pounds per gallon of raspberries, then combined the two beers onto 4 pounds per gallon of fresh raspberries to re-ferment in puncheons for an additional two months.

Blenders and cellarmen from Wicked Weed and Jester King were tasting their most prestigious raspberry sour ales side by side, and the inevitable idea of a blend quickly emerged. Red Angel was combined in a snifter with Atrial Rubicite and the stunned silence of each taster confirm that this is a beer to bring to the people. This combination is more than the sum of its beautiful parts. Experience raspberry sour alchemy in Red Atrial.

Wicked Weed Red Atrial was a 500 milliliter bottle release, available at the Funkatorium in Asheville on November 26th.

Style: American Sour/Wild Ale (w/ Raspberries. Oak Aged)
Availability: 500ml Bottles

Debut: 11/26/16

6.4% ABV

 

Posted in Don't Miss This, Good People Brewing

A brewery first: Good People Funk Farm Sour Blonde

Good People Funk Farm Sour Blonde

Good People Funk Farm Sour Blonde, the first sour/wild ale release by the Birmingham, Alabama brewery, debuts September 24th.

What you see above is the the first beer in the series – Funk Farm Sour Blonde Ale with Blackberries and Raspberries. The color is absolutely striking. Thank the hefty helping of blackberries and raspberries that this sour blonde has been spending 8 months with in French oak red wine barrels. The beer is juicy with a touch of lactic tartness – all that good that has gotten you addicted to sour beer in the first place. In short, wine, barrels, funky, sour.

Despite not distributing very far from their home, the Good People lineup is known quite well across the southeast. Having been addicted to beers from Good People like Snake Handler and Brown Ale, the Funk Farm Series has given us a new series from the deep south brewery to dream about. A fantastic first release in what is sure to be a successful, wild lineup.

Good People Funk Farm Sour Blonde Ale (Blackberries and Raspberries) debuts Saturday at the brewery in Birmingham, Alabama.

Style: American Wild/Sour Ale (w/ Blackberries, Raspberries. Wine Barrel Aged.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles. Limited.
Debut: 9/24/16

?? ABV

Posted in Carolina Bauernhaus Ales, New Releases

Carolina Bauernhaus Feral Barrel Blackberry debuts September 16th

Carolina Bauernhaus Feral Barrel Blackberry

Carolina Bauernhaus Feral Barrel Blackberry will debut on September 16th.

The Anderson, South Carolina based brewery released their first bottles in June. Since then bottle releases have been frequent. Carolina Bauernhaus Feral Barrel Blackberry is the brewery’s American wild/sour ale, aged for six months in a mix of wine and bourbon barrels, using native South Carolina yeast, as well as yeast from SouthYeast Labs.

In the six weeks prior to bottling, the beer was aged on a massive amount of locally grown blackberries.

A dark wild ale featuring regional malts and fermented in Cabernet wine barrels with our house blend of native yeasts, and Brettanomyces and soured with our own strain of Lactobacillus isolated by SouthYeast Labs from opuntia fruit in La France, SC. This beer was aged on local blackberries for a dark fruit note balanced by bright acidity and a rich malty body.

Carolina Bauernhaus Feral Barrel Blackberry is a 22 ounce bottle release.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Raspberries. Barrel Aged. Bourbon. Wine Barrel Aged.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft. Limited.
Debut: 9/16/16

5.7% ABV

Posted in Jester King Brewery, Seasonal Return

Jester King La Vie en Rose is all about raspberries

Jester King La Vie en Rose is back in action starting today. The farmhouse ale is fermented in stainless steel with raspberries. Those berries have a story though. Keep reading.

This is where it gets interesting. The raspberries in Rose are actually the ones used in the making of another beer, Atrial Rubicite. Taking a cue from Brasserie Cantillon, Jester King wanted to get a second extraction from the fruit. Why? After fermenting the first beer, the berries still had a lot of flavor and aroma that could be used during the fermentation process.

The base beer for what will soon be Jester King La Vie in Rose was pumped into tanks that still contained raspberries, and fermented Atrical Rubicite.  Jester King approaches adding fruit to beer the same way grapes become wine. Fruit (in this case, raspberries) is a part of the fermentation process, not added to finished beer.  The final flavors are very different.

Jester King La Vie en Rose was fermented for four months. Month one was house yeast. After that, natural Texas Hill Country yeast and Brettanomyces, and other souring bacteria.

Jester King La Vie en Rose will be available at the brewery on Friday, January 3rd.  Bottles should be available in late January/February, 2014.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Raspberries)
Hops: Golding, Fuggles, Perle
Malts: Pilsner Malt, Wheat Malt, Steel Cut Oats

Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft.
Latest Return: 9/9/16

6.2% ABV

La Vie en Rose translates to “Life in Pink” Artist Joshua Cockrell explains the vision:

“It speaks firstly to a mainstream ignorance of viewing what progress has been made as a confirmation that the struggle for gender equality is over or nonexistent, i.e. viewing the current gender equality climate through rose colored lenses. The literal translation transmits the idea of containment of the female role in society, and on a larger scale the burden of gender and beauty constructs. The color pink itself is a great and obvious example of gender confinement. I love that while drinking this beer you have the physical experience of rose colored lenses giving you a reminder again to reflect on the topic.”