There are plenty of rośe inspired beers in the beer market right now. While they almost incorporate grapes, Epic Brewing Rośe, from the brewery’s Oak & Orchard Series, achieves a rose flavor with strawberries and an “epic” house mixed culture wild ale.
Epic Brewing’s sour program continues to impress us. Recent Oak & Orchard releases like Strawberry Rhubarb, and Pink Guava were some of the best American wild ales we tried at Beer Street Journal in 2018. (Incidentally, their Quadruple Barrel Baptist was one of our 2018 favorites as well.) Rośe Ale truly keeps this impressive flavor journey alive and well into a new year.
Strawberries, hibiscus, and rose hips are part of the approach for Epic Rośe. Each sip is a wash of oaky tart strawberry flavors, with a light, lingering floral aroma on your palate. The rose hips and hibiscus are perfectly subtle. This might be more enjoyable the sipping actual rośe wine. Far less sugary, and in our opinion, far more complex than any pink wine you’ll find at the same price point.
American wild ales grow in popularity in the United States every year. If you don’t know what to look out for, let us help. Don’t dare sleep on Epic’s Oak & Orchard Series. We fought over the last sips of Pink Guava, and sipping this Rośe Ale in the sun with hints of spring in the air made for a downright poetic drinking experience.
We can’t wait to see what the brewery does next 🔥.
Availability: 12.7oz Bottles
Debut: February 2019
The “peanut butter jelly sandwich in a glass” beer returns on March 1st, and this year it arrives with new variants.
Catawba Peanut Butter Jelly Time launched in 2012 – a bready brown ale brewed with wheat, raspberry puree, and North Carolina peanuts. Every year the release has grown in popularity prompting special taproom release parties.
This year, look for Catawba Peanut Butter Jelly Time Strawberry Rhubarb cans in extremely limited quantities alongside the seasonal favorite. While we couldn’t get confirmation from the brewery, we assume the base recipe is the same, along with strawberry and rhubarb additions.
Alongside the two canned releases, a third release – Black Currant will be available on tap.
Catawba Peanut Butter Jelly Time Strawberry Rhubarb will be available in limited 16-ounce cans and draft in the brewery’s tap room starting March 1st.
Image: Catawba Brewing
Heartbroken? Just love chocolate? Beer drinker? Second Self Bleeding Heart Red Ale has you covered either way.
Cocoa and vanilla are the stars in Second Self Bleeding Heart, plus strawberries – new for 2019. A beer inspired by southern-style red velvet cake.
Red malts and cocoa lend the beer a festive pink color, and the vanilla is the icing on top, rounding out each sip at the end of the taste. Co-founders Jason and Chris have been developing the recipe for over eight years.
Bleeding Heart is actually part of a series of “Hearts”. Other releases have included:
- Bitter Heart – Red Ale, extensively dry hopped. Extra hoppy, extra bitter. The real Valentine’s Day beer.
- Wild Heart – Red Ale, gone sour.
Second Self Bleeding Heart Strawberry is available in 12-ounce cans and draft until March 2018.
6.9% ABV, 27 IBUs
PIC: Beer Street Journal
Sycamore Strawberry Lemonade Gose
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
Milkshake IPA gone big. Pontoon Brewing Triple The Floor is Lava is a boozy follow-up to last year’s popular release.
The Floor is Lava, a milkshake IPA brewed with guava, strawberries, kiwi, and lactose, debuted last summer. The creamy IPA was big on fruit as well as fruity hops.
For the brewery’s anniversary party this week, Pontoon took the original recipe and “imperialized” the base IPA and doubled
tripled the amount of fruit, creating Triple The Floor is Lava.
Pontoon Triple The Floor is Lava is available at the brewery in Sandy Springs, Georgia in 16-ounce cans.
11.8% ABV, 55 IBUs
Another milkshake IPA is inbound in Atlanta. Monday Night Piranha Dealer debuts on September 14th.
A-Town’s Monday loving brewery has established a “milkshake” India pale ale base with rolled oats, torrified wheat, acidulated malt, honey, and of course – lactose milk sugar. A milkshake IPA is no milkshake IPA without a blast of fruit and vanilla. For this release, strawberries are the star.
Pre-sales of Monday Night Piranha Dealer have closed. 16-ounce cans will be available at the brewery’s “Hop Hut” on Trabert Avenue on September 14th.
Availability: 16oz Cans. Draft. Limited Release.