Topic Archives: Vanilla Beans

Posted in Coming Soon, Don't Miss This, Pontoon Brewing

Find out what Roald Dahl really meant, plus Pontoon Snozzberries Taste Like Snozzberries

Pontoon Snozzberries Taste Like Snozzberries

This one is for Willy Wonka fans. Pontoon Snozzberries Taste Like Snozzberries debuts this weekend.

In real life, snozzberries aren’t real. You’d be surprised how many people didn’t know that. There’s more to snozzberries though. Sure, they are fictitious, but there’s an ongoing debate running around the internet that Dahl’s snozzberries were actually penises, thanks to a reference from this 1979 novel My Uncle Oswald. How he used “snozzberry” in that book was years after defining it differently.

In 1948, Roald Dahl published Some Time Never: A Fable for Supermen. In the book, Dahl defines snozzberries as the main source of food for displaced gremlins that humans drove underground. 16 years later, Wonka himself in references it again with his lickable, fruit-laden wallpaper.

As for the beer, the brewery has envisioned what a snozzberry might actually taste like, and it doesn’t require licking wallpaper.

Pontoon Snozzberries Taste Like Snozzberries is a Berliner Weisse brewed with 2 pounds of boysenberries and black currants per gallon, as well as vanilla and lactose milk sugar. The end result is basically an alcoholic fruit smoothy that finishes with a touch of tartness and lingering vanilla. If fruit/dessert beers are your thing, don’t pass this release up.

Pontoon Snozzberries Taste Like Snozzberries will be available at the brewery in 16-ounce cans on May 12th.

Style: Berliner Weisse (w/ Boysenberries. Black Currants. Vanilla. Lactose.)
Availability: 16oz cans, Draft.
Debut: 5/12/18

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PIC: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Coming Soon, The Unknown Brewing Co.

Rare coffee & expensive vanilla beans make Unknown Brewing Rarest Bean

Unknown Rarest Bean Bottle

Unknown Brewing Rarest Bean debuts on February 16th.

“Pastry Stouts’ are in high demand in the beer world. Today it’s Charlotte, North Carolina’s Unknown Brewing’s turn to release one, using two of the world’s rarest beans.

The first bean is the “Black Ivory Coffee” bean, one of the rarest coffees on Earth. The raw beans pass through the digestive tract of elephants and are very literally pooped out. (Similar to the Kopi Luwak coffee that passes through a civit.) Around 1000 pounds the coffee are produced a year, running over $100 dollars a bag.

Tongan vanilla beans are the second rare bean in Unknown Brewing Rarest Bean. Just one of the beans can run almost $20 dollars each.

Both rare beans have been added to a 12.5% alcohol by volume imperial stout and allowed to age. The result is a beer that should prove to be both rare and decadent.

Unknown Brewing Rarest Bean will be available in 16.9-ounce bottles in the brewery’s taproom on February 16th.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Vanilla Beans. Coffee Beans.)
Availability: 16.9oz Bottles. 100 Bottles Available.
Debut: 2/16/18

12.5% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Monday Night Brewing, New Releases

Throwout the playbook on barleywines. Monday Night Entente Cordiale just changed the rules

Monday Night Entente Cordiale

For years now we’ve tried various attempts at brewers recreating the famed “chocolate orange” dessert in fermented form. Quite a few came close. Monday Night Entente Cordiale gets it right.

First of all, throw out everything you know about a barleywine. You won’t need that info here. Sure, Monday Night Entente Cordiale is a barleywine, or at least was – at one point in time. What is it now? A symphony of nuanced flavors that hide the 13% alcohol by volume perfectly.

“Every bit of this beer is intentional,” says Peter Kiley, Monday Night’s Head Brewer. “We didn’t just have some empty barrels and decide to throw something into them.”

As a kid, Kiley loved the Chocolate Orange candy, especially around Christmas. They are pretty big in England, plus the base beer being an English-style barleywine, the idea was already taking shape. Monday Night’s first barleywine appeared back in 2014, at the hands of the brewery’s creative (experimental) brewer, Josh Johnson. “It came out great,” Kiley says, but like everything else we are doing, it about finding the time to scale up the recipe and do it right.

Kiley stuck with thoughts of Chocolate Orange dancing in his head, and Johnson with his English-style barleywine, Monday Night Entente Cordiale was born.

Every addition to Entente plays into the stylistic weakness. Barleywines are big and boozy and hard to approach for some. Cognac barrels plus some fresh orange zest add a citrusy flavor to the big caramel notes of the base beer. The almost creamy, dessert-like flavor is thanks to whole cocoa nibs and vanilla beans Entente Cordiale was laid to rest for months on.

Kiley and Johnson absolutely nailed it. For years we’ve drank various beers inspired by the Chocolate Orange candy. Many come close. Monday Night achieved it in the most unlikely way, with the most unlikely style. No imperial stout or even English-style porter here. A barleywine that is high on the alcohol by volume but you wouldn’t know it, that tastes like a creamy, subtle mix of the chocolate orange candy or dare we say it – Grand Marnier.

All in all, that what you can expect from Monday Night’s new Garage facility. Creative, deliberate beers. “The Garage will be innately polarizing,” says Kiley. “People will most likely love it or hate it.”

Monday Night Entente Cordiale has limited availability in market now, on draft and 750-milliliter bottles.

Style: Barleywine (w/ Cocoa Nibs. Orange Zest. Vanilla Beans. Barrel Aged. Cognac.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft.)
Debut: Christmas Week, 2017

13% ABV

About the name: Entente Cordiale was a series of agreements signed on April 8, 1904 between the United Kingdom. Ireland and the French Third Republic which saw a significant improvement in Anglo-French relations.

Posted in Don't Miss This, Garage Brewing Co.

Big on vanilla & roasty chocolate: Garage Brewing Marshmallow Milk Stout

Garage Brewing Marshmallow Milk Stout Bottle

Dessert beer fan? Don’t miss Garage Brewing Marshmallow Milk Stout.

Beer Street Journal is a sucker for dessert beers. It started years ago with an addiction to Left Hand Milk Stout (aka adult chocolate milk). Since then, milk stouts, chocolate beers, vanilla beers – always on our radar. Thanks to the team at Temecula, California’s Garage Brewing Co., we have a new love –Marshmallow Milk Stout.

The base beer is a creamy, chocolatey milk stout that leans heavy on vanilla. The first whiff of this beer is like opening a bag of marshmallows. The vanilla aroma remains strong on vanilla as it mixes with light hints of chocolate. The full beer experience is a complex beer that doesn’t lean on some artifical vanilla flavor and a name to capture your attention. This dessert beer is the real deal and worth the cash if you find it.

Garage Brewing Marshmallow Milk Stout is available year-round in 12 and 22-ounce bottles, and draft.

Style: Milk Stout (w/ Vanilla. Chocolate. Lactose.)
Availability: 12oz, 22oz Bottles. Draft. Year-round.
Distribution: Southern California

7.1% ABV, 9 IBUS

PIC: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Don't Miss This, Great Divide, New Releases

Himalayan inspired Great Divide Chai Yeti is here for fall

Great Divide Chai Yeti

Great Divide Chai Yeti a new variation on the brewery’s widely popular imperial stout debuts as fall begins. 

“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 spices, including cinnamon, green cardamom, black pepper, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla. The brewery states this beer is a nod to Yeti’s home region of the Himalayas.

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, debuting nationally as October sets in.

Style: Imperial Stout (Cinnamon. Green Cardamom. Black Pepper. Ginger. Nutmeg. Vanilla.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft
Debut: October 2017

9.5% ABV

Posted in Madtree Brewing Co., New Releases

MadTree Dreamsicle has finally been canned, no longer a joke

Madtree Dreamcicle

From April Fool’s joke to real release, MadTree Dreamsicle is debuting in cans.

MadTree Dreamsicle has been a tap room offering for years. A light kolsch is infused with orange and vanilla flavors, creating an orange “creamsicle” flavor. Incidentally, Dreamsicle is a taproom best seller.

In 2016 the brewery released a rendering of the can as an April Fool’s joke. The artwork featured an octopus holding an ice cream cone in its tentacle. As MadTree puts it – “the fans went nuts”. When the rendering was revealed as a joke, fans weren’t laughing.

We thought it would be a funny April Fool’s Day prank to act like we were going to can it, so I came up with what I thought was a ridiculous octopus eating an ice cream cone design. The response was a bit overwhelming, to say the least, so we decided to roll with the now famous octopus. – Nicki Logsdon, MadTree graphic designer.

After hundreds of social media messages, phone calls, and even an online petition, the brewery knew Dreamsicle had to be canned. That day has come.

MadTree Dreamsicle debuts in the Cincinnati, Ohio taproom on August 31st. Limited distribution to follow.

Style: Kolsch (w/ Orange. Vanilla.)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut (Cans): 8/31/17

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Image: MadTree Brewing

Posted in Seasonal Return, Southern Tier Brewing

Southern Tier Pumking is back for fall

The wildly popular Southern Tier Pumking is back again for the 2017 season. Easily one of the most unique (and highly debated) pumpkin beer across craft beer since debuting in 2007.

The 9% strong ale is brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, clove, and allspice. Each sip is an over-the-top fall beer that tastes like biting into pumpkin pie (with the crust!).

in 2015, Southern Tier Pumking added 12-ounce bottles, making the imperial pumpkin ale a little more manageable if you are flying solo.

In 2014, the brewery added Southern Tier Rum Aged Pumking,

Southern TIer Pumking is available in 12-ounce bottles, 22-ounce bottles, and draft through fall 2017.

Style: Pumpkin Beer (Allspice. Cinnamon. Clove. Nutmeg. Vanilla.)
Hops:
 Sterling, Magnum
Malts: 2 Row Pale, Caramel

Availability: 22oz Bombers.  Draft. 12oz Bottles
Latest Return: Fall 2017

9% ABV