There’s a new “Session” beer hitting shelves for the summer – Full Sail Session Watermelon Wheat Ale.
Lighter beers, warm weather, and watermelons just scream summertime. The brewers in Hood River, Oregon how found a a way to capture that essence in a bottle. The newest Session Series release features a base wheat beer brewed with Hallertau and Crystal hops, and aged in watermelons.
“Spring is here, with summer soon to follow. While the availability of beer knows no season, watermelon of course is another thing. Beer and watermelon, two quintessential summer pleasures, are paired here in Session Watermelon Wheat.” – Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter.
Full Sail Session Watermelon Wheat will be available 11 ounce bottles through August, 2017.
Availability: 11oz Bottles, Draft. May-August
Debut: May, 2017
5.4% ABV, 23 IBUs
Image: Full Sail Brewing
Carolina Bauernhaus Bradford, a watermelon wild ale, debuts on May 20th.
Heirloom Bradford watermelons take the lead in Carolina Bauernhaus Bradford. The melons are touted as one of the sweetest and most flavorful melon. The American wild ale has been fermenting in oak barrels for 10 months in a blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, before being introduced to the melons.
Our ale was fermented with a blend of native yeast locally collected by SouthYeast Labs and a blend of wild yeasts and bacteria added to the barrel. A massive amount of farm fresh Bradford watermelons were added after aging for a bright, refreshing, and very South Carolina summer-like flavor braced by a tart sour finish.
Carolina Bauernhaus Bradford will be available in 750 milliliter bottles, when the brewery opens on May 20th.
Founders Green Zebra is slated to join the brewery’s lineup in August.
2017 marks the fifth year that Founders has brewed a beer for the ArtPrize competition hosted in the brewery’s hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Previous releases in the lineup include Pale Joe, Spectra Trifecta, and Mosaic Promise.
This year’s release, Founders Green Zebra, is a goes-style ale brewed with watermelon and sea salt. A new packaged style for Founders, as well as being the first ArtPrize release that has been canned.
Watermelon is the highlight of this lightly-hopped treat and gives it a hint of satisfying juiciness. The soft mouthfeel and dry finish comes courtesy of the addition of sea salt, a traditional gose ingredient.
Jacob Wiseheart, an employee of Founders taproom created the label artwork.
Founders Green Zebra will be available in 12 ounce cans and draft in August, 2017.
4.6% ABV, 10 IBUs
New Belgium‘s watermelon lime ale is back in the brewery’s seasonal lineup for a second time. This year, you’ll see it called New Belgium Juicy Watermelon.
The base recipe is basically the same as before. New Belgium tells Beer Street Journal that “Heavy Melon” didn’t really capture the essence of the beer. When deciding on whether or order or purchase, “heavy” anything might be a turn off. Juicy on the other hand, is much more palatable.
Watermelon and lime are the stars of this beer, that finishes at 5% alcohol by volume. New Belgium loves their seasonals, and this one might be the most crazy (non Lips of Faith) offering to date. If beer was fruit at a hot summer picnic, this beer would be it.
Cool off with this refreshingly fruity summer beer brewed with watermelons and limes.
New Belgium Juicy Watermelon is a 12 ounce bottle and draft seasonal release.
Wicked Weed Watermelon Saison joins the brewery’s Pub Can Series on July 4th.
The beer has been a staple in the Asheville, North Carolina based brewery’s lineup for years, and has never been packaged. Unfortunately, Wicked Weed Watermelon Saison will only be available in 12 ounce cans at the brewpub, with no distribution.
Other releases in the Pub Can Series includes Wicked Weed French Toast Stout. Image via Wicked Weed Brewing
Lost Coast Watermelon Wheat Ale
Terrapin Watermelon Gose is slated for re-release in time for summer, 2017.
Terrapin Watermelon Gose is the brewery’s first packaged gose style, a tart beer traditionally brewed with sea salt and coriander. Now, unless you haven’t paid a single lick of attention to the American craft beer scene at all in the past few years, the U.S. loves breaking tradition. Enter watermelon into the fold.
The base gose is aged on fresh watermelon juice.
Terrapin Watermelon Gose debut in May, 2016.
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