Catawba Peanut Butter Jelly Time is like drinking a piece of your childhood. If you haven’t tried this beer, another opportunity is rolling around this week.
Brewed with raspberries and aged on peanuts, this beer takes you back to a simpler time. A time before bills, complicated relationships, acne breakouts, and hangovers. As anyone that has made a PB&J sandwich, the ratio of peanut butter to jelly is paramount. Catawba knows this too and it shows in this alcoholic sandwich of a beer.
Does it really taste like the sandwich? Pretty much. Brewing with peanut butter and a jelly sugar blob isn’t the greatest of ideas. To get around serving up a greasy glass of nasty, Catawba created a base roasty brown ale, aged for weeks on fresh raspberries and peanuts. When this beer is colder, it tastes like peanut butter. Warmer, more sticky jelly notes to surface. Because Peanut Butter Jelly Time is a brown ale instead of a stout, it’s more approachable to those that might be turned off by dark beer. It should be served in a lunchbox between math class and recess.
Last year, the brewery canned a variant – Strawberry Rhubarb which returns again this year in cans only to be found in the taproom.
New for 2020, are two new additional brewery only variants – PBJT! Peach and PBJT! Red Currant.
Catawba Peanut Butter Jelly Time! is available in 16-ounce cans in the taproom starting March 6th, available in Catawbas’s five-state distribution area in the following days.
PIC: Beer Street Journal. 2020 can art is seen below.
The “peanut butter jelly sandwich in a glass” beer returns on March 1st, and this year it arrives with new variants.
Catawba Peanut Butter Jelly Time launched in 2012 – a bready brown ale brewed with wheat, raspberry puree, and North Carolina peanuts. Every year the release has grown in popularity prompting special taproom release parties.
This year, look for Catawba Peanut Butter Jelly Time Strawberry Rhubarb cans in extremely limited quantities alongside the seasonal favorite. While we couldn’t get confirmation from the brewery, we assume the base recipe is the same, along with strawberry and rhubarb additions.
Alongside the two canned releases, a third release – Black Currant will be available on tap.
Catawba Peanut Butter Jelly Time Strawberry Rhubarb will be available in limited 16-ounce cans and draft in the brewery’s tap room starting March 1st.
Image: Catawba Brewing
Catawba Friki Tiki Pineapple IPA debuts on “Friki Friday” (July 14th).
The brewery’s Morganton, North Carolina location is brewing up 30 barrel batches of specialty IPA. This month’s release is Friki Tiki Pineapple IPA, brewed with fresh pineapple juice.
Catawba Friki Tiki Pineapple IPA is a draft only offering, across the brewery’s 5 state distribution area.
Catawba HOPness IPA debuts on Saturday May 20th.
This new year-round IPA features Citra and Cascade hops in the boil, and is dry hopped with Amarillo.
This IPA boasts a big biting hop profile layered with ripe tropical fruit, juicy citrus, and pine. At 6.5 percent ABV and 60 IBUs, it strikes the perfect balance of everyday drinkability with intensely aromatic and flavorful hop character.
Catawba HOPness IPA will be available in 12 ounce cans and draft in all 5 states currently apart for he brewery’s distigubiotn.
Hops: Citra, Cascade, Amarillo
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Distribution: NC, SC, TN, AL, GA
Debut: Late May, 2017
6.5% ABV, 60 IBUS
Morganton, North Carolina based Catawba Brewing is now available statewide in Georgia. The brewery has signed a distribution deal with United Distributors.
Catawba has always had the goal of becoming a regional brewery, they have just needed the time to build up production. Over the past year, the brewery has added 11 new wholesalers across North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee. Catawba’s lineup can be found statewide in all those markets.
As for Georgia, resident drinkers can expect White Zombie, Mother Trucker, Farmer Ted, and Peanut Butter Jelly Time at the start of distribution. On premise accounts (bars, etc) can pick up Catawba’s lineup by summer, 2017.
“Georgia is an amazing mix of large cities and rural areas, but it seems everyone there shares a love of craft beer. We’ve had so many Georgians visit our NC tasting rooms. They enjoy what we do and wish Catawba products were available in their home state,” Billy Pyatt, Catawba Owner and CEO
Additionally, the brewery is adding dedicated sales representatives in all five markets this year.
Catawba Brewing was started by Billy Pyatt in 1999. The brewery boasts a 30 barrel Sprinkman brewhouse in downtown Morganton, plus a 7 barrel brewhouse in downtown Asheville.
Catawba Valley Brewing will be opening a “boutique” brewery in Asheville, North Carolina. The idea is to build a 7 barrel facility (that’s 210 gallons each batch) to better meet the demand by Asheville. I’m told no location has been decided.
In other Asheville related news, Craggie Brewing will close its doors on 12/1.