Dogfish Head Dragons & YumYums, a collaboration with the band The Flaming Lips, is coming in 2018.
Delaware based Dogfish Head is no stranger to musical collaborations. Previous releases include Bitches Brew inspired by Miles Davis, American Beauty with the Grateful Dead, and Beer Thousand with Guided By Voices. (Don’t forget the collaboration with Pearl Jam, Deltron 3030 as well.) The next musical inspiration is coming in 2018 – Dogfish Head Dragons & YumYums with The Flaming Lips.
Most everyone knows The Lips thanks to their 1993 hit, “She Don’t Use Jelly”. Their elaborate and over-the-top shows and known eccentricity makes partnering with the original “Off-Centered” folks at Dogfish Head.
Dragons & YumYums is billed as a “lip smacking” tart pale ale brewed with dragonfruit, yumberry, passionfruit, pear juice and black carrot. This is no simple fruit ale.
“Our brewery has been obsessed with music since the day we opened, and we have enjoyed every opportunity to weave together the art of brewing with our love of music, as often and meaningfully as we can.” – Sam Calagione, CEO and founder
Expect Dogfish Head Dragons & YumYums to debut in April, 2018.
Style: Fruit Beer (w/ Dragonfruit. Yumberry. Passionfruit, Pear Juice. Black Carrot.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: April, 2018
Boulevard Jam Band that was a draft exclusive this summer, is slated for cans.
This Smokestack Series release is a fruity one. The base beer is created with two-row barley, acidulated malt, and Topaz hops. The “humongous” fruit character (jammy?) comes from blueberry, red raspberry, and tart cherry juice blended at the end of fermentation.
It looks like cans are in the near future for this berry heavy offering.
Jam Band pours a deep ruby and opens with aromas of dark berries, melon and subtle citrus. Minimal, supporting malt sweetness provides a platform from which blueberry, red raspberry and tart cherry sing resulting in a slightly tart, easy-drinking summer beer that begs for an encore.
Boulevard Jam Band debuted on July 10th in the brewery’s home of Kansas City, Missouri.
7% ABV, 6 IBUs
Funky Buddha Sweet Potato Casserole Strong Ale returns to the brewery’s lineup on August 13th.
When you start reaching for fall beers, make sure you don’t overlook this one. When Florida’s Funky Buddha Brewery calls a beer Sticky Treats, Blueberry Cobbler or Sweet Potato Casserole, they mean it.
Yet another beer in the brewery’s arsenal brewed with marshmallows. The strong ale is brewed the gooey stuff, plus sweet potatoes and a bevy of fall spices.
Funky Buddha Sweet Potato Casserole Strong Ale will be available in 12-ounce bottles and draft at the brewery starting August 13th, and throughout Florida shortly after.
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When the weather eventually turns cold, you might be sipping this new release. New Belgium Imperial Frambozen with Cocoa.
“Frambozen” (Flemish for raspberry) is the beautifully red fruit forward beer brewed with a touch of chocolate malt; a seasonal that hit the market around Thanksgiving. For us at Beer Street Journal, there literally was no better beer to pair with turkey. Whether or not we see the base seasonal release again in 2017 remains to be seen. In the meantime, a new edition has popped up on the release radar.
New Belgium Imperial Frambozen with Cocoa increases the dessert-flavored aspects of Frambozen with both roasted and ground cocoa husks, and fresh northwestern raspberry puree.
Frambozen, Flemish for “raspberry” is our big, luscious celebration of the ruby red fruit found in Belgium’s Framboise ales. Our version is fermented with northwestern raspberries and a special addition of single-origin Ghana cocoa husks freshly roasted and ground by Nuance Chocolate in Fort Collins, CO. A Colorado holiday tradition from our brewery to your glass. Cheers!
New Belgium Imperial Frambozen with Cocoa is touted a limited release in 22 ounce bottles. The brewery has not yet announced this release.
There’s a new fruity year-round offering hitting shelves nationally – Ommegang Fruition.
The base beer begins as Witte, an award-winning year-round offering. The wheat ale is dry-hopped, and turned tropical with the addition of mango, kiwi, and passionfruit. Ommegang touts this new release as “a tart, fruity, and hop-forward beer that is exceptionally drinkable”.
“As with every beer we brew, we strive to make all the elements blend together, and we think we’re succeeded in that quest with Fruition. Fruition is our first foray into the tropical fruit flavors that consumers find so appealing with New World hop varieties, and we look forward to feedback from fans.” – Phil Leinheart, brewmaster
Ommegang Fruition also features malted and unsalted wheat, oak flakes, sweet orange peel and coriander. Available in 12 ounces bottles and draft, year-round.
Style: Fruit Beer (w/ Passionfruit. Kiwi. Mango. Sweet Orange Peel. Coriander.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Year-round.
Distribution: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CT, CO, DE, FL, GA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, and Washington D.C.
Debut: June, 2017
Redd’s Raspberry Ale will available in March, part of brand’s “Limited Pick” series.
MillerCoors started this fruit-forward family of beers with Redd’s Apple Ale in 2013. The apple heavy beverage is brewed like a beer, but in all honesty, tastes a bit more like hard cider. Important to note – this fruit beer is not gluten-free.
Redd’s Raspberry Ale is the next fruit of choice for line. The limited edition flavor boasts sweet flavors of raspberry, and hints of apple. Expect this release in 12 ounce bottles, and 16 ounce cans.
Rodenbach Fruitage the first cans in the United States by the Belgian brewery, debuts in March.
This new innovation by the world renown sour maker is blend of old and young beer. 25% of the final beer is 2 year old traditional Rodenbach foeder beer, and 75% young ale.
The blend was then aged on cherries and elderberries.
Rodenbach Fruitage is a sessionable 4.2% alcohol by volume, and be available in 8.5 ounce “slim” cans, in 4 packs. The price looks to be quite tempting as well, expected to retail around $6.99 per 4-pack.
Distributors are welcome to make orders in the U.S. ahead of the March, 2017 debut.