Terrapin Beer Company (Athens, GA) French Toasted W-n-B just hit shelves, wrapping up the Special Reserve Series for 2014.
Terrapin’s Dustin Watts gives Beer Street Journal readers a sneak peek at the next in the series, coming early next year.
SweetWater Brewery (Atlanta, GA) nixed fall seasonal Motorboat in order to bump up last winter’s hit release – Whiplash White IPA. That left a spot open for a new winter seasonal to bolster the cold weather lineup – SweetWater Spinnerbait.
SweetWater is known for their love of hops, but for Spinnerbait, the brewery went a different direction. A Belgian direction. Spinnerbait is a Belgian-style red brewed with candi sugar, that goes easy on the aggressive hops. This allows the Ardennes yeast to do the flavor work.
SweetWater Spinnerbait hits shelves starting this week in 12oz bottles, draft, and in the Tacklebox variety pack.
Head brewer Nick Nock gives you the rundown in the Beer Street Journal video above.
Style: Belgian-Style Red Ale (w/ Candi Sugar)
Hops: Willamette, US Golding, Columbus
Malts: 2-Row, Pilsner, Wheat, Black Wheat
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Dec-Feb
Terrapin Beer Company (Athens, GA) has just released the fifth offering in their Special Reserve Series- French Toasted Wake n Bake. As the brewery’s robust, coffee-laden imperial stout is hitting shelves for the 10th year, French Toasted W-n-B won’t be far behind, utilizing Athens, Georgia based Jittery Joe’s coffee, plus maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon to make a beer perfect for breakfast.
Breakfast in a bottle returns this year with one of our favorite morning time treats. French toasted w-n-B combines big maple syrup notes, fresh coffee, and hence of vanilla and cinnamon to stand out among the ordinary Imperial Stout. With this much decadence packed into one bottle, this beer will get you back to the table for another round.
Terrapin French Toasted W-n-B is now available in 22oz bottles and draft.
Read more: Terrapin Special Reserve Series
Anhesuer-Busch reached out to Beer Street Journal today in regards to the fate of the iconic Budweiser Clydesdale advertising.
Christmas, New Years, and of course, the Super Bowl are big buys for a company like Anheuser-Busch. The brewery made an announcement about upcoming holiday and Super Bowl not featuring the Clydesdales, first introduced in 1933.
The brewery is losing sales in the 21-27 year old demographic, and in an attempt to win back those sales, is shifting marketing focus to trendier topics, like Jay-Z and other popular artists. The slurry of comments on Budweiser’s page, and various other websites indicate that regardless of the brand preference, people want the horses.
Just when it seemed those lovable horses were destined to stay in the stable, A-B tells us this:
…The Budweiser Clydesdales aren’t going anywhere. They will be featured in our 2015 Super Bowl and holiday advertising. Here’s a sneak peek at our latest holiday campaign [Above]
The YouTube spot above features the Clydesdales in an anti-drinking and driving partnership with rideshare Lyft.
The third release in Boulevard Brewing’s (Kansas City, MO) Backroads Series is Last Splash, a wet-hopped ale. The series is described as “journey off the beaten path.” A little fun for both the drinker and the brewer.
Like the many other wet-hopped beers in craft brewing, then hops are picked from the vine and driven to Boulevard’s brew kettle within 24 hours or so of picking.
Read more: Boulevard Backroads Series
Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA) has released the latest Stochascity Project offering, Master of Disguise Golden Imperial Stout.
Yes, this was once an April Fool’s joke back in 2010 with Brewdog. That got Stone thinking about what gives an imperial stout the roasty, bold flavors while still keeping the beer a lighter, golden color. Could it be possible? The answer lies: coffee, cocoa, flaked oats, and pale malts.
“To achieve the qualities of a stout, we relied on our prior experience brewing with coffee to pull flavors from the beans without affecting the hue of the beer,” explains Steele. “As the beer warms and opens up, the chocolate adds another level of complexity and helps build the traditional flavors typically associated with dark beers. It’s been really fun to see a prank with questionable viability become a reality.”
Stone Stochascity Master of Disguise turned out roasty and bold, yet golden. Take it from Mitch above, and give it a try.
Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT and WA
9.7% ABV, 55 IBUs
I guess it could be worse?