Posted in Breckenridge Brewing, New Releases, Videos

Breckenridge Barrel-Aged 471 IPA Joins Barrel Series

Breckenridge Barrel Aged 471 IPA

Breckenridge Brewery Barrel-Aged 471 IPA is the newest entry in the Littleton, Colorado, brewery’s “471 IPA Barrel Series”.

Breckenridge’s first ever brew to be released as a part of their “471 IPA Barrel Series” is made with the hop varietal Hüll Melon Hops in the dry hop stage. Brewers began with 471 Double IPA and let it age for two months in the bourbon barrels. The brew is then added back to the tanks for dry hopping with the Hüll Melon Hops. Each new release in the “471 IPA Barrel Series” will feature a new 150 pounds of a hop varietal for the dry hopping stage.

 Brandon Osha, the brewery’s cellar master, elaborates, “We move the beer as usual from tank to filtration to barrel, but then we take it back into tanks for dry hop treatment and follow that up with a final filtration.”  He goes on to add, “Yeah, it’s kind of laborious, but it’s worth it.”

Joining the series soon will be  Breckenridge 471 IPA “Barrel Series” will feature Simcoe hops coming next quarter.

Breckenridge Brewery 471 IPA is a draft and a 22 ounce bottle offering. 

Style: Imperial IPA  (Barrel-Aged)
Hops: Hüll Melon,

Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft. One-Time.

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Posted in Headlines, New Releases, SweetWater Brewing, Videos

SweetWater The Pit & The Pendulum, From Farm To Bottle

SweetWater Pit & The Pendulum, from Field to Bottle from on Vimeo.

SweetWater Pit & The Pendulum marks the second release in the brewery's corked & caged series. Brewed an American wild ale, brewed with fresh peaches from Titan Farms in South Carolina.

SweetWater Brewing Company kicked off their new 750ml, corked and caged line with their 18th Anniversary offering. While we wait for an upcoming barrel aged imperial stout, and a sour to emerge, SweetWater The Pit & The Pendulum has joined the big bottle series.

SweetWater The Pit & The Pendulum starts as a Belgian-style, fermented with Ardennes yeast (same yeast as Spinnerbait), and peach puree from Titan Farms in South Carolina, then finished with Brettanomyces yeast.

Beer Street Journal followed the SweetWater Pit & The Pendulum from Titan Farms, to brew day, to bottle. Right now the beer has a very fresh peach flavor, with a hint of Brettanomyces on the finish. Over time, the Brett will really start to pop, giving the beer an added dimension. Drink fresh and six months down the road.

SweetWater The Pit & The Pendulum is now available in 750ml bottles.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Peaches)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Corked & Caged.
Release: Late July, 2015

8.3% ABV

Below, a Beer Street Journal look at the first corked & caged release…

Posted in Headlines, New Releases, Videos, Wild Heaven Craft Beers

Inside Wild Heaven’s First Bottled Sour, Dionysus [VIDEO]

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Wild Heaven Dionysus marks the brewery's first sour offering. A blend of six different sours, designed specifically for this cuvee.

Wild Heaven Craft Beers (Decatur, GA) has just released Dionysus, their first bottled sour offering/second barrel aged offering.

Wild Heaven Dionysus is actually a blend of six different beers, as head brewmaster Eric Johnson explains in the video above.

Instead of being one sour beer, Johnson created six, carefully soured and chosen to be Wild Heaven Dionysus. The base is Eschaton an oaked Belgian-style quadrupel. Three other beers, fermented with three different strains, aged in Bordeaux barrels, were then blended into the base. Tack on two more sour, barrel aged offerings and this cuvee is born.

Wild Heaven Dionysus is available in now in Georgia in 750 milliliter bottles. It follows Civilization, a tequila barrel-aged barleywine.

Style: American Wild/Sour Ale (Barrel Aged. Tequila. Wine Aged.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles. Limited Release.
Release: July, 2015

10.5% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Monday Night Brewing, Videos

Now Is Your Chance to Design Monday Night’s Next Clip On Series Release

Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta, GA) has just released their Serrano Eye Patch Ale in six packs for the first time. This is the first release in a new Clip-On Series. The best part? You don’t just get to drink these new beers, you get to be involved in the process.

Monday Night Serrano Eye Patch is riff on their year round English-style IPA, Eye Patch Ale. Using fresh cut serrano peppers, the result is a spicer take on a usual suspect. This is where you come in.

Monday Night has enlisted Beer Street Journal’s audience’s help to create the next beers in the series. So it’s time to get creative. Monday Night’s year round lineup includes Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale, Nerd Alert Pseudo-pilsner, Blind Pirate Imperial IPA, Fu ManBrew Ginger Wit, and of course- Eye Patch IPA. Using these base recipes as inspiration, time to make it your own. Monday Night already got you started with Serrano Eye Patch. Now you grab a beer and get creative.

Leave your ideas in the comments below and Monday Night will choose the best. Once we have style picked out, then come back and we name it.

What’s your idea? Give it a shot. Tell us below. A test batch of the winning brew will be available on draft at the brewery. You and 10 of your closest friends can attend the launch at Monday Night so start brainstorming.

Extended! Though 11:59 pm on June 1st!

Posted in Cool Stuff, Videos

Islanders Fan Nails Capitals Player With a Beer [VIDEO]

Hockey fans aren’t like other fans. I hope you knew that before now.

Tuesday night after Game 4, a clearly pissed off fan hit defenseman Brooks Orpik in the head with a beer. It’s 2015, so there is video evidence of the hit.

The Washington Capitals won the game in overtime, 2-1.

Posted in Left Hand Brewing, New Releases, Videos

Left Hand De’Nile Coffee Ale, For Old Chicago

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont, CO) currently has a coffee ale in select Old Chicago Restaurants across the United States. The beer debuted in early February.

Left Hand De’Nile Coffee Ale is a collaboration with Allegro Coffee, and the brewery’s Ro Guenzel. The team selected Allegro’s Blue Nile Blend coffee to nuance Left Hand’s base beer, brewed with lactose.

 First, Allegro’s Blue Nile BLEND coffee was hand-selected due to its intense berry and spice notes. Then, a unique recipe was created in order to best compliment the characteristics of the coffee. The result is a burnished, copper-colored brew with a white head that is the perfect equilibrium of maple, chocolate and coffee with a medium mouthfeel and a citrus aroma from Caliente and Amarillo hops.

Left Hand De’Nile Coffee Ale is available now at Old Chicago Restaurants (locator in new window) and the the brewery’s tap room.

Style: Amber Ale (w/ Coffee, Lactose.)
Hops: Amarillo, Caliente
Malts: 2 Row, Munich, Caramunich, Wheat, Caraaroma

Availability: Draft only
Release: Early February, 2015

5.5% ABV, 57 IBUs

Posted in Headlines, SweetWater Brewing, Videos

Beer Street Journal Video: Inside SweetWater 18 Belgian-style Tripel

SweetWater Brewing Company turns 18 this month. To celebrate the milestone, the brewery will release SweetWater 18 Belgian-style Tripel. It marks the 4th, anniversary offering.

SweetWater’s Zak Ray runs down 18, the brewery’s first corked and caged offering. SweetWater purchased the bottle filler from Brooklyn Brewery. 18 will kick off a line of special corked and caged offerings, including a sour ale later this year.

SweetWater 18 uses Ardennes yeast, Centennial, Amarillo, Sterling and Saaz hops. Then bottled conditioned prior to shipping.

Style: Belgian-Style Tripel
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft. Limited.
Arrival: Mid February, 2015
10% ABV

Past Anniversary beers:

SweetWater 15 – ESB, 10%
SweetWater 16 – Red Wheatwine, 11%
SweetWater 17 – Farmhouse Ale/Saison, 9%