You’ve seen it in every gas station in America. You know it’s there. You might have been dared to drink it before. We’re talking about Four Loko – the company with a storied past.
The over the top flavored alcoholic beverages once contained caffeine, which ultimately got the product banned. The owners of Four Loko – Phusion Projects of Chicago, Illinois reintroduced Four Loko without caffeine agents in 2010.
Now the company’s flavor lineup of Sour Raz, Fruit Punch and Frost might be home to the most alcoholic hard seltzer out there, Four Loko Sour Seltzer (with a hit of Blue Razz).
Subtitled the “strongest seltzer in the universe” Four Loko could actually claim that title. Seltzer market leaders Truly and White Claw strengths hover around 5% alcohol by volume.
This week, Pabst Blue Ribbon unveiled a stronger 8% hard seltzer in four states. Four Loko would be the most over the top in hard seltzer market that is turning into a bit of a phenomenon.
Is Four Loko serious? It looks that way.
Emails to Phusion Projects were not returned.
Hard Seltzers ran so we could fly pic.twitter.com/g5ilBIyhl4
— Four Loko (@fourloko) August 13, 2019
Some of the newcomers to the craft beer scene probably don’t remember Life & Limb, the collaboration between Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada. The first release of this collaboration occurred in 2009, followed by Life & Limb 2 in 2011. Now, the third release of this Life & Limb collaboration hits shelves, this time in 16-ounce cans.
This American strong ale is brewed with two different syrups – maple syrup from the Calagione farm in Massachusetts, as well as birch syrup. In the previous collaborations, the birch syrup was delivered to Chico, California fresh from Alaska.
Additionally, the breweries used estate barley from Sierra Nevada’s farm, plus a house yeast blend of both Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada.
We are proud to share our third version of the life and limb with its thousands of other branches who collectively comprise the craft brewing family tree. Sip slowly with friends and loved ones, savor long-because one could do better than be a swigger of birches.
The “canned on” date is dated in May. From the looks of it, neither brewery has really mentioned this release on social media as it seems to have quietly hit shelves nationally. Neither Sierra Nevada nor Dogfish Head responded for comment.
For its third release in 10 years, this unique collaboration – Life & Limb 3 is available in 16-ounce cans (by Sierra), very suitable for future aging in the event of a Life & Limb 4 release.
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.
Atlanta, Georgia’s Monday Night Brewing has some whiskey bragging rights to go alongside their beer lineup. Namely, their own whiskey, thanks to their collaboration partner (and now neighbor on Atlanta’s West End), American Spirit Works.
This story starts more than 6 years ago with Monday Night co-founder Joel Iverson finding himself living next door to American Spirit co-founder Charlie Thompson. The brewery & distillery businesses were born literally next door to each other.
From a fermentation standpoint, brewing and distilling have a lot in common, so Monday Night’s brewing team and ASW’s distiller Justin Manglitz had a common starting point to begin this collaboration.
Monday Night Single Malt Whiskey lovingly referred to as “The Badger”, starts with a mash full of cherrywood smoked malt, the same used in their flagship Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale. The wort is then transferred 5 miles down the road using the highly scientific “renting a Penske truck” method, according to Iverson. ASW distilled the mash and transferred it to white oak quarter casks.
Fortunately, our patience has paid off. Like the mighty Scottish badger, this Scotch-style Whiskey has a pleasant bite and will burrow into your belly with a smooth, slightly sweet, and delightfully smoky finish.
Monday Night Single Malt Whiskey is 86 Proof, available once again in 750-milliliter bottles at ASW as of August 9th. Ounce tasters can be purchased at both of their Atlanta locations. Bottles will be available in Georgia package stores starting mid-August.
Image: Beer Street Journal
Monday Night Darker Subject Matter, a bourbon-barrel-aged edition of the brewery’s Dark Subject Matter, debuts today.
Back in March of this year, in a sea of pastry stout releases all over the United States in the dead of winter, the Atlanta based brewery bucked the national trend a bit. A big, rich, completely adjunct-free imperial stout known as Dark Subject Matter emerged. It was absolutely perfect winter beer – chocolatey, fudgy, thick as hell and silky smooth.
Debuting today (and less perfect for the summer heat) is the barrel-aged version of this imperial stout – Darker Subject Matter. This 13.5% alcohol by volume imperial stout with a murdery vibe is every damn bit that big beer we fell in love with in the winter, now with an oaky, vanilla bourbon overtone. The side of the can says HEAVIER THICKER OAK. Monday Night means it.
Go ahead and slam this beast by the pool or at the beach and definitely on an empty stomach after running a few miles. It’s always good to remind yourself that your bad decisions aren’t always behind you.
Either way, Monday Night Darker Subject Matter is a real treat, hot weather or no hot weather. Available at the brewery starting at 4 pm today in 16-ounce cans and draft.
PIC: Beer Street Journal
A new riff on one of Georgia’s most popular India pale ales returns today – Creature Comforts Imperial Trop Haze.
Tropicalia, Creature Comfort’s year-round IPA has truly made a name for itself in the southeast. Building on that popularity, the Athens, Georgia based brewery has released Tropicalisma, and Double Dry Hop Trop into the small-batch “Trop” inspired family. Today brings back Imperial Trop Haze, three words that make hopheads break a sweat.
The biggest Tropicalia fans ate this release up when it debuted last October. Between the name, and the hops (Citra, Centennial, and Galaxy), just the description was enough to sell it out.
Creature Comforts Imperial Trop Haze will be available in 16-ounce cans and draft when the brewery opens on July 26th.
Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Citra, Centennial, Galaxy
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Brewery Only.
Latest Return: 7/26/19
Anheuser-Busch InBev’s newest purchase has occured in the United Kingdom. The mega company has acquired BeerBods, a beer subscription service.
Founded in 2012, the subscription service sends out 12 beers every 12 weeks, as well as holds live beer tastings.
It is important to note ZX Ventures, the investment arm of AB InBev is tied to the purchase, acquired Beer Hawk, another online beer service. Beer Hawk has now purchased BeerBods in full. The Zx Ventures purchase rabbit hole also includes Norther Brewer (homebrew supplies), RateBeer.com, PicoBrew (appliance based homebrewing), and the beer website October.
Beer Hawk was founded by Mark and Chris, also in 2012. With headquarters in Wetherby, they themselves were acquired by ZX Ventures, the innovation arm of AB InBev, in 2016. Their mission is to inspire everyone to discover their next favourite beer. Mark, Chris and the Beer Hawk team share our passion for craft beer. They also share our vision for the kind of business we want to build. We reckon it’s the perfect fit. – via BeerBods Blog
Additionally, the ZX owns or has investments 4 Pines Brewing, Birra Del Borgo, Tripel Karmeliet, Cucapa Brewing Co., and new Patagonia Cerveza.
According to BeerBods Twitter feed, the company still has free reign on what goes into the subscription boxes.
I’ll be sticking around and I’m delighted to say that the rest of the team will be too. We’ll still be the ones picking the beers. We’ll still be the ones telling the stories behind them. – Matt, BeerBods Founder
ZX Ventures also recently acquired instagram influencer “The Fat Jewish’s” wine brand Babe Wine, famous for White Girl Rosé.
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