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
Great Notion Seedless, the brewery’s summery sour, will be available in cans on August 17th.
We like our Summers hot, our beers cold, and our watermelons Seedless.
Great Notion Seedless will be available in 16-ounce cans on Saturday. $20/4 pack.
Style: Kettle Sour Ale (w/ Watermelon.)
Availabilty: 16oz Cans, Draft. Seasonal Release.
Latest Return: 8/17/19
Image: Great Notion
Goose Island Bourbon County Reserve Rye 2019 is among the variants releasing in the imperial stout series this year.
The base imperial stout was aged in Heaven Hill Distillery’s Rittenhouse Rye barrels.
The 2019 Reserve Rye was aged in 100% Rittenhouse Rye barrels, imparting fruit and spice flavors. Reserve Rye accentuates all that makes Rittenhouse and Bourbon County unique.
Goose Island Bourbon County Reserve Rye 2019 will be available in 16.9-ounce bottles in very limited quantities on Black Friday 2019.
Goose Island Bourbon County Vertical Collection will be among the variants releasing on Black Friday this year – a first for the Bourbon County Brand Series.
Bourbon County Brand Stout is famously cellarable, changing notably for the better in most instances with age. This year, Goose Island is offering fans a chance to try three years of releases in one neat box.
The Bourbon Country Vertical Collection will have one 16.9 ounce bottle of 2017, 2018, and 2019 for side-by-side sampling, with some newbie notes on the back explaining the art of cellaring beer.
The Vertical Collection will debut on November 29th, 2019 – Black Friday.
No retail price was provided.
Stone 23rd Uncanny Anni Double IPA releases in the coming week, a celebration of 23 years of craft brewing.
Over the years, Stone Brewing’s anniversary releases have covered a plethora of styles. The 5th Anniversary release was an IPA, followed by a porter on the 6th. 12th was Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, and 15th a Black IPA. Some years it was an IPA with all German hops and malts, others all Austrailian, there was even hazy IPA in there somewhere.
The 23rd Anniversary release is simply what Stone does best. Hops, and lots of them. This “no-aluminum-yet-lotsa-hops Stone 23rd Anniversary Uncanny Anni Double IPA” is full of “hefty doses” of Mosaic, Citra, and Cascade. (Aka, the hops A-Listers.)
Stone 23rd Uncanny officially debuts on August 12th in 22-ounce bottles and draft.
Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Mosaic, Citra, Cascade
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft. Limited Release.