Instead of simply selecting certain hops for the next Luponic Distortion releases, Firestone Walker went another way. Custom grown hops.
Three years ago, Firestone Walker’s brewmaster Matt Brynildson secured a deal with Hop Breeding Company’s breeders Jason Perrault and Michael Ferguson. Three acres of a special new hop cultivar was planted. According to Brynildson, it was all worth the wait.
“The tropical aspect of this hop is really crazy. It adds a distinctive dimension to the aroma profile of the beer.”
This new hop is supported by five additional hops, creating a beer that boasts “unique profile of piña colada, key lime, and nectarine.”
Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion 13 starts shipping to all of the brewery’s markets this week.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Rotating release.
Debut: Mid-June 2019
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Bell’s Sparkleberry Ale returns to 16-ounce cans for summer 2019.
This fruit-forward release first debuted in 2013 in honor of the Kalamazoo, Michigan Pride Festival. Bell’s Brewery was a presenting sponsor. Since then, the beer has been made more widely available on draft, plus a few 750-milliliter bottles at Bell’s General Store.
This summer, Bell’s Sparkleberry Ale returns in 16-ounce cans. The brewery continues to maintain their partnership with Kalamazoo Pride, a fundraiser for OutFront Kalamazoo. The Kalamazoo Gay-Lesbian Resource Center, OutFront Kalamazoo, continues to serve the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community of greater Kalamazoo, its friends, and allies.
“Our celebration of diversity is no secret, but this can says it front and center. No matter who you are or who you love, all are welcome at Bell’s.”- Laura Bell, Bell’s Brewery
Bell’s Sparkleberry Ale is now available in 16-ounce cans and draft seasonally.
Debut: June 2013 (Draft)
Can Debut: June 2018
Latest Return: June 2019
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Creature Comforts Life in Flux debuts from the brewery’s Wood Cellar in June.
The Athens, Georgia based brewery has blended an imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels from 1Ams 17 to 25 months. These barrels represent the best barrels at that point in time.
Expect this beer to be an annual release, snapshotting the barrel program at that moment in time.
Creature Comforts Life In Flux will be available in 750-milliliter bottles at the brewery starting June 1st.
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In 2017, Stone released Vengeful Spirit IPA with the intention of showing off fruit in what the brewery is best known for – IPAs. Two years later a bolder version of that beer returns.
Stone chose pineapples and Mandarin oranges that compliments the tropical Mosaic, Loral & Mandarina Bavaria hops.
Revengeful Spirit is more aggressive than the 2017 release, in both alcohol by volume, hops and citrus fruit. Consider picking up this bold pre-summer beer. The nose is heavy on oranges, and each sip bursts with trop-hops and pineapple, finishing smooth and slightly bitter. Stone struck a nice balance with real fruit in an imperial IPA without being, cloying, heavy or sticky. It’s like drinking in a ray of hoppy sunshine.
Stone ReVengeful Spirit is available nationally in 12-ounce cans, 22-ounce bottles, and draft.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Seasonal Release.
Debut: May 2019
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Summer is creeping closer and with it, hot weather and cookouts. Don’t enjoy either without Burial Beer Innertube, the brewery’s “All-American” lager.
Inspired by the light lagers of old, Burial Innertube is craft beer’s version of the classic American lager. Believe us when we say, this is a perfect summer slammer. Pairs beautifully with a hotdog hot off the grill, a soak in the pool, sitting on the dock at the lake – pretty much anything.
Brewed with North American barley, corn and rice and lagered carefully, this lager is meant to enjoy all summer long.
Since its initial release, Innertube has added the 16-ounce can format as well. 4 more ounces of summer. Available starting May 19th.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Latest Return: Mid May 2019
3.5% ABV, 11 IBUs
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A few years ago, it was a series of planetary releases inspired by Gustav Holst’s orchestral suite by the same name. Now Bell’s Brewery is taking their latest beer inspirations from Walt Whitman, his poetry collection Leaves of Grass.
Starting this month, and continuing into 2020, look for seven different literary beer pieces, each brewed with Whitman in mind. Up first – Song of Myself, a German-inspired American India pale ale.
“Over the years, we’ve drawn inspiration from a variety of different sources from music to literature to the Great Lakes. This series is just the latest example of how the arts have inspired us to create new and innovative recipes.” – Larry Bell, President, and Founder
After Song of Myself IPA, the series will tentatively look like this:
The Prairie-Grass Dividing (July) – Gose-Style Ale Brewed with Plum, Salt & Coriander
Oh, Captain! My Captain! (September)- Black India pale lager
To a Locomotive in Winter (November) – Smoked Porter
Song of the Open Road (January 2020) – Winter Warmer
Salut Au Monde! (March 2020) – Lager with old world grains
Spontaneous Me (May 2020) – Wild Fermented Beer
Leaves of Grass was first published in 1855. Whitman spent a good bit of his life revising the collection, which started as just 12 poems, growing to over 400 at the time of his death. The last edition, aka “The Deathbed” edition, was published in 1892.
Each of the Bell’s Leaves of Grass Series will be available in 12-ounce bottles, in limited quantities nationally.
Article updated with future potential styles.
Left Hand Peanut Butter Milk Stout is set to debut in November, a brand new stout from the Colorado brewery.
The base 6% alcohol by volume milk stout is brewed with lactose milk sugar and real peanuts.
Rich milk chocolate notes team up with peanut buttery perfection for a deliciously dark duo.
Expect Left Hand Peanut Butter Milk Stout in 12-ounce cans and draft in late fall 2019.
6% ABV, 25 IBUs