Atlanta’s Scofflaw Brewing is hosting a massive Barrel-Aged Absentium release on Black Friday.
Absentium is as much a beer as it is a serious of big, rich imperial stouts by Scofflaw. The series started with Bourbon Barrel Absentium, and has since grown to include various barrels and additions. Often times the brewery doesn’t even announce an Absentium release until day of, or often times not at all- just simply stocking the brewery’s to-go fridge.
This Black Friday, the brewery is dropping six different Absentium creations to kick off the Christmas season.
Starting at 8pm on Nomember 29th, brewery attendees can purchase
Cognac Barrel Aged Absentium Stout, Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Absentium Stout, Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Vanilla Absentium Stout, Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Coffee Absentium Stout, Bourbon Barrel Aged Hazelnut Absentium Stout and Rum Barrel Aged Coconut Absentium Stout.
6-packs of the releases and individual bottles will be available.
Image: Scofflaw Brewing
Dogfish Head Suddenly Comfy is coming to the brewery’s Occasionals Series by October, a brand new release by the Delaware based brewery.
If you think imperial cream ale inspired by apple pie, you have a good idea of what to expect with Suddenly Comfy.
A journey through nostaligia, this liquid apple pie is rich cinnamon, Madagascar vanilla beans, & fresh apple juice. Okay, just one more slice.
Dogfish Head Suddenly Comfy will be available in 12-ounce bottles and draft, slated for an October release.
Three Taverns Pometheus is being canned for the first time. The Decatur, Georgia based brewery will debut the new format this weekend.
Pometheus is a part of the brewery’s ongoing Sour Asylum Series, which features an array of various kettle-soured beers. This particular release has been a draft-only favorite in the taproom, prompting the brewery to finally can this superfruit delight.
Pomegranate and blueberries plus a touch of lactose milk sugar is the brewing combination that makes Pometheus so popular. The pomegranate is slightly tart, the blueberries slightly sweet, and each sip finishes with a smooth creaminess from the milk sugar.
Three Taverns Pometheus will be available on Saturday, September 21st when the brewery opens.
Wild Leap ETA IPA, a “transcontinental IPA” according to the brewery debuts in mid-September.
Chris Elliott, Wild Leap’s head brewer, states this release is a much drier India pale ale that the IPAs they have brewed before. These new hop combinations combined with a big addition of oats have created a medium-bodied IPA with a fluffy mouthfeel.
ETA is a dryer IPA than any we have ever brewed and will fall behind both the Alpha Abstraction series and Chance IPA in sweetness.” – Chris Elliott
As for the “transcontinental” description, that’s tied to the artwork. The blue and green can was drawn with a 70’s vibe. “In the ’70’s, flying was a luxurious experience, not the rat race that it is today,” explains Rob Goldstein, CMO and brewery Co-Founder.
Look for Wild Leap ETA IPA mid-month in 12-ounce cans and draft.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: Mid-September 2019
Philipsburg Brewing Vorfreude debuts in September, an all-new release by the Montana based brewery.
Finally, lagers are hot again in the craft brewing industry. Coming to Philipsburg Brewing’s lineup in September is a new Vienna Lager – Vorfreude. The German word for which the beer gets its name doesn’t have an English counterpart. Best we can figure out, it means “joyful anticipation”.
Vorfreude is built on Vienna and Munich malts from Proximity Malts. Philipsburg uses whole flower hops in all their beer releases. For this lager, the brewing team chose Nugget for bittering, and Tettnager for aroma.
Interestingly, Philipsburg uses Ball Alumi-tek reclosable aluminum pints for all their year-round releases. Sun King in Indiana uses similar packaging for their specialty/barrel-aged releases. Few if any other craft breweries are actively using this format year-round.
Philipsburg Vorfreude will be available in 16-ounce Alumi-tek bottles and draft starting in mid-September through March 2020.
Style: Vienna Lager
Hops: Tettnanger, Nugget (Whole Flower)
Malts: Vienna, Munich
Yeast: Bavarian Lager
Availability: 16oz Aluminum Bottles, Draft. Sept-March
Debut: September 2019
Bell’s Brewery’s Two Hearted Ale is known epically as one of the best (if not the best) India pale ale in America. As you read this, fans are eagerly awaiting Double Two Hearted Ale, which is basically Two Hearted turned into the Incredible Hulk. The “Hearted Ale” series has a lesser known, lovable lighter side – Light Hearted Ale.
The 110 calorie, 8.7 carb, 3.5% alcohol by volume “light” ale has been a Bell’s General Store exclusiver release, showing up on social media earlier this summer.
By the looks of it, the brewery has redesigned the artwork, presumably in a move to take this session India pale ale national. Sample bottles with the new artwork have surfaced online.
Per the brewery’s description:
Light hearted is everything you love about Two Hearted: 100% centennial hops, balanced, a firm malt backbone, and all of the hop aroma too, from pine to grapefruit.
Bell’s Light Hearted Ale will be available in early 2020 according to the brewery.
Monday Night Lundi IPA made a limited debut in June. This month, the IPA goes into full distribution.
For those bad at French (like us) Lundi means “Monday”. When you think of the name Monday Night Brewing, “Monday” in any language is pretty fitting. This new India pale ale features Mosaic, El Dorado, Simcoe, Mosaic hops.
Monday Night Lundi IPA will be available in 16-ounce cans and draft at the midtown Atlanta brewery starting Friday.
Hops: Mosaic, El Dorado, Simcoe, Mosaic
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Full Distribution: Mid August 2019