Imperial stout fans, look to Asheville, North Carolina. Hi-Wire Salted Maple 10W-40 Imperial Stout debuts Friday
This series started with 10W-40 Imperial Stout, so named because the chocolate, coffee, and vanilla heavy stout pours like motor oil.
Never resting, Hi-Wire has released more variants of 10W-40, including Horchata, German Chocolate Cake, and even a Barrel-aged 10W-40. This beer is quickly becoming a state “stout icon”.
Up next – Salted Maple 10W-40. This edition takes the imperial stout base and combines maple syrup, pink sea salt, vanilla beans, chocolate, and lactose milk sugar. Sounds like a chocolatey salt maple candy.
Hi-Wire Salted Maple 10W-40 will be available in limited 16-ounce cans on Friday, March 8th.
Wild Heaven Citrus EDB (Emergency Drinking Beer), the third iteration of their #1 bestseller Emergency Drinking Beer, is hitting shelves. In our opinion, this is the best edition yet.
In 2015, the Avondale Estates, Georgia based brewery released EDB, a pilsner (using creative license) beer brewed with lemongrass, sea salt, and a touch of grapefruit zest. The intent was to create a crisp and refreshing beer with the versatility for any situation. Wild Heaven was overwhelmingly successful with this venture, as EDB has quickly become the brewery’s #1 seller.
When brewer and co-owner created EDB, he wanted a beer that was versatile in any situation. What he soon came to learn was Emergency Drinking Beer is a great palette for flavors like Watermelon (debuted in 2018) and now a heavy dose of citrus.
Citrus EDB features fresh lime juice, white grapefruit, and ruby red grapefruit juice. Some folks out there hate it when beers are described as “crushers” but you’re going to have to deal with it. Citrus EDB is one hell of a crusher. The lime and grapefruit make the beer bright with a touch of tart “zing” that compliments any food you can throw at it and would partner perfectly with a shorty of tequila. It’s the fastest we’ve killed three cans of beer that didn’t involve a funnel.
Wild Heaven Citrus EDB is available as a winter seasonal in 12-ounce cans and draft. Look for Berry EDB, and Tropical EDB later this year.
2019 looks to be the year craft breweries focus on few calories, few carbohydrates, and lower alcohol by volume. Harpoon Rec League is another example of this growing field of healthier options.
This new health-conscious beer is brewed with buckwheat kasha for B vitamins, fiber, antioxidants, and Omega 3 heavy chia seeds and sea salt for electrolytes. It already sounds like a sports drink instead of a beer.
Rec League is just 120 calories per 12-ounce serving and 3.8% alcohol by volume is designed for folks with active lifestyles.
“Fans of Harpoon do more than drink beer – they’re running road races, working out with friends, and hitting the slopes. We wanted to make a beer that celebrates and complements this active lifestyle.” Tom Graham, Innovation Brewer
Harpoon Rec League is available nationally in both 16-ounce cans and 15-pack 12-ounce cans starting in February 2019.
Image: Harpoon Brewery
Pontoon Brewing Boats & Gose debuted this week, bringing the fruit and the puns.
Strawberries, lime, and coconut take the lead in this new gose, plus coriander and Fleur de Sel (a French sea salt). As far as the puns go? Anyone who’s seen the movie Stepbrothers, you know what song they are talking about.
12-ounce cans of Pontoon Brewing Boats & Gose are available in the brewery’s taproom, with distribution to follow soon.
Style: Gose (w/ Strawberries. Limes. Coconuts. Sea Salt. Coriander.)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Seasonal Release.
Debut: Early February 2019
Creature Comforts Pineapple & Lemon Tritonia debuts later this month, a new rendition of the brewery’s popular gose.
Back in 2017, the Athens, Georgia based brewery started releasing the ‘Tritonia’ series in cans, starting with Cucumber & Lime Tritonia. The base tart gose is brewed with coriander and sea salt plus fresh cucumber juice and limes.
As Christmas approaches, Creature Comforts will add a second Tritonia to the series, this one highlighting crisp pineapple and tart lemons.
“We’re excited to add another Tritonia version to the roster. The pineapple and lemon additions perfectly complement the base beer creating a tart, refreshing, an overall balanced experience.
David Stein, Head Brewer
Fans can find this new edition of Tritonia in 12-ounce cans at the brewery in starting December 21st, and throughout their
Unknown Bright Ass Tank Top is back in action as July winds down, 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 Nicaraguan rum barrels. Brewery founder Brad Schell told Beer Street Journal of his excitement to find such great rum barrels.
“They smell like being drunk on a beach or being a pirate.”- Brad Schell, brewery founder
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 is available once again in 16-ounce cans and draft.
Distribution: NC, SC, GA
Latest Return: July 2018
PIC: Beer Street Journal
Westbrook Lemon Cucumber Gose is now available in cans for summer 2018.
The Mount Pleasant, South Carolina based brewery’s base Gose might be one of the most popular of the style in the southeast. It was first released in 2012, and once it was canned, really flew off the shelves.
That popular release gave rise to a new variant – Key Lime Pie Gose, inspired by the dessert.
Westbrook Lemon Cucumber Gose cans are now out in the wild, a beer that just screams warmer weather. Expect a tart gose with hints of lemon and cucumber, in a 12-ounce, 4% alcohol by volume package. This beer has already been available on draft in the past.
Enjoy the cool and refreshing flavors of lemon and cucumber by the pool, as the beach, in the shower, in bed, in the bathroom, in the living room, at breakfast, at lunch, at the spa, on a walk, after a run… you get the idea.
Westbrook Lemon Cucumber Gose is now on shelves throughout the brewery’s distribution network.