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Great Divide Smores Yeti is “fall” ready. If fall ever gets here.

Great Divide Smores Yeti

Great Divide Smores Yeti – a brand new “Yeti” in the brewery’s ever-evolving series debuts this week.

This new limited release is a variant of one of the recognizable imperial stouts in the craft beer industry, Yeti Imperial Stout. The Denver, Colorado brewery brewed this edition with chocolate, marshmallow and a few unspecified spices.

Great Divide Smores Yeti is a limited release, available in 19.2-ounce cans starting in October. The brewery has not elaborated on any distribution plans.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Chocolate. Marshmallows. Spices)
Availability: 19.2oz Cans. Oct-Dec.
Debut: October 2019

9.5% ABV

Image: Great Divide

Posted in Coming Soon, Dogfish Head, Don't Miss This

Apple pie inspired Dogfish Head Suddenly Comfy debuts soon

Dogfish Head Suddenly Comfy

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.

Style: Imperial Cream Ale (w/ Vanilla Beans. Cinnamon. Apple Juice.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Oct-Dec.
Debut: October 2019

8% ABV

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Merriam-Webster Dictionary makes an official beer clarification

Merriam-Webster Tallboy

Yesterday, Merriam-Webster – the 188-year-old English dictionary, made an announcement that 530 words have been added to their official pages in their latest official update.

While some of these new words you might hope get rendered archaic soon, like “vacay”, “fabulosity” or “Inspo” (which is short for inspiration for those that just don’t have the time to say the whole damn word), the online dictionary DID fix a glaring oversight in defining beer world.

Tallboy.

You’ve probably been drinking tallboys of beer for years now, especially as a record number of breweries are now canning their beer lineup.

The world tallboy already appeared in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary but lacked the clarification of what a tallboy in reference to beer. Apparently, a tallboy is another name for “highboy” or dresser in the furniture scape, but we’ve never seen in called that at Ikea. Honestly, we don’t know what ANYTHING is called in Ikea. (BTW, Ikea needs to sell beer in the cafe to pair with all those meatballs.)

“Until recently, we didn’t define the “beer” sense of ‘tallboy.’ That has been fixed.” Merriam-Webster tweeted.

As far as America is concerned, the “tallboy” refers to 16-ounce cans sizes. The “stovepipe” can is 19.2-ounces, and the 32-ounce can- a crowler. Which honestly is still single-serve depending on what kind of day you had.

Additionally, the word “sesh” was added to their pages, as in “drinking sesh.” Please, please use that phrase sparingly. Just go drinking.

Anyway, congratulations are in order to the “tallboy” beers. You’re legit now. Cheers.

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Founders KSB Espresso, the first bottled KBS Variant is coming in 2020

Founders KBS Espresso

Founders KBS Espresso, a variant of the popular barrel-aged imperial stout debuts in 2020.

The Michigan-based Founders Brewing is currently readying the first variant to come from Kentucky Breakfast Stout, aka KBS. While the annual imperial stout is already brewed with coffee, this edition is aged on espresso beans after coming out of the bourbon barrels.

The result is a fresh and snappy coffee twist on our classic barrel-aged beer. Who says you can’t start your day with a barrel-aged stout?

Founders KBS Espresso will be debut in 12-ounce bottles, as well as 750-millilter bottles and draft in February 2020.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Coffee. Chocolate. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, 750ml Bottles, Draft. Limited Release.
Debut: February 2020

12% ABV

 

Posted in Don't Miss This, Firestone Walker Brewing, New Releases

Firestone Walker releases a toasted coconut edition Merlin Milk Stout

Firestone Walker Coconut Merlin

Firestone Walker Coconut Merlin, a variant of the brewery’s popular milk stout, debuts this week.

“Merlin” is Firestone Walker’s signature milk stout – which is simply sensational if you haven’t tried it yet. For this seasonal release, brewmaster Matt Brynildson decided to change up this release with shredded and toasted coconuts.

The coconut is added after the milk stout’s fermentation, allowing the new beer to circulate through the coconut shreds. “We did a trial run on this beer and it was unbelievable,” says Ali Razi, the brewery’s production director. Leading Firestone Walker to make sure this was the next iteration of Merlin.

“The toasting really brings out the best flavors from the coconut, much like toasted and roasted malts deliver rich, complex flavors.” – Matt Brynildson

Firestone Walker Coconut Merlin is available on draft and 12-ounce cans in full distribution as a limited seasonal release.

Style: Milk Stout (w/ Toasted Coconuts. Lactose.)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Seasonal Release.
Debut: Mid September 2019

5.5% ABV

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Oskar Blues launches 100 calorie One-y IPA nationwide

Oskar Blue One-y IPA

The craft beer industry continues to expand the lower-calorie offerings industry-wide. Dogfish Head, Southern Tier, and Harpoon are among a few notable breweries that added low-cal, low-ABV options earlier this summer. Bell’s Brewery is currently prepping a “light” version of Two Hearted Ale dubbed Light-Hearted Ale for early 2020. Now, nationally distributed Oskar Blues is launching One-y IPA.

Beginning in mid-September, Oskar Blues One-y IPA will join the light beer fray, described as “low-cal” and “high haze.” The brewery’s goal was to create an IPA that huge, hazy, and hoppy, without the calorie count of a regular IPA or Imperial IPA.

Juice Drapeau, the head brewer at Oskar Blues pilot brewery in Lyons, Colorado did so with a heavy hit of hops. One-y IPA is dry-hopped with El Dorado, Comet and Citra hops, with Mosaic and French Aramis added to the whirlpool.

“The aroma hits you first. There are notes of citrus, honeysuckle, peach, and mango. The beer is fruity with a hop haze and a nice biscuit flavor to the malt. The use of pale ale malt and wheat, along with the hefty dry hop load, creates a medium body. It’s easy to drink – pairs well with breakfast, lunch, or dinner.”

Oskar Blues One-y IPA is just 4% alcohol by volume, and 100 calories per 12-ounce serving. Available nationwide year-round this month.

Style: Hazy IPA
Hops: El Dorado, Comet, Citra, Mosaic, French Aramis

Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round.
Debut: Mid-September 2019

4% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Founders Brewing

Founders CBS returns again in November for the last time for a while

Founders CBS 2018

Founders CBS will return to the brewery’s Barrel-Aged lineup again on November`1st. This is last time you’ll see it for some time. 

One of the most demanded beers in Grand Rapids, Michigan based Founders Brewing’s lineup is CBS, aka Canadian Breakfast Stout.

The imperial stout is brewed with a blend of coffee and imported chocolates, then aged in spent bourbon barrels that have most recently been aging pure Michigan maple syrup. Folks go insane at the mere mention of this beer.

The first time the world saw bottles of this release was in October of 2011, as the second release in the brewery’s Backstage Series.

FOUNDERS UNDERGROUND MOUNTAIN BROWN JOINS BARREL AGED SERIES

Since then, the Backstage Series has grown eventually morphing into the Barrel-Aged Series. Fans begged, but CBS was still missing from the lineup until December of last year. Since then, CBS has made just two more times, with the latest release missing the iconic Canadian Mountie rider. Why? The Royal Canadian Mounted Police filed a legal cease & desist over the depiction of the Mountie seen in the Beer Street Journal pic below. We know it’s not a titillating story, but it solves the mystery behind the horse with no rider on the last bottle.

CBS will return November 1st as the 5th release in the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series, in both 750-milliliter bottles and new 12-ounce bottles. According to Founders, this is the last time this beer will be released in the foreseeable future.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Coffee. Chocolate. Maple Syrup. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability:
750ml Bottles, 12oz Bottles, Draft. Limited Release.
Latest Return: 11/2/19

11+% ABV

Founders CBS 2017 Bottle

PIC: Beer Street Journal