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White Castle will soon sell their own branded house beer

White Castle Beer

The next time Harold and Kumar go to White Castle, they might be able to snag a pint of White Castle Beer as well. The famous burger chain is teaming up with Weyerbacher Brewing on the new burger paired beer.

According to Weyerbacher, early pilot batches were a Kolsch, leading us to believe the launch beer will resemble the same style.

The yet-to-be-named beer is slated to be on tap at White Castle’s nearly 400 restaurants in 13-states, as well as in package at grocery stores where White Castle frozen products are sold. Additionally, states that have frozen White Castle at retail will sell the beer, bringing full distribution area to exceed the 13 states where their restaurants are found.

A spokesperson for White Castle said a timeline for the White Castle beer release has not been set. Distribution of the burger beer will be handled by Weyerbacher Brewing’s distributors.

A few other major restaurant chains have gone into the branded beer business. Last fall, IHOP brewed a very limited release beer with Keegan Ales, brewed with their famed pancake batter. I

In December, Taco Bell announced that Big City Bell, a pilsner brewed with Anheuser-Busch’s Blue Point Brewing, would be available at their New York City’s new Cantina locations.

Most recently, Hershey’s Chocolate partnered with America’s oldest brewery, Yuengling, to create Yuengling Hershey’s Chocolate Porter hitting select taps in October.

More to follow…

Posted in Don't Miss This, Founders Brewing

Founders 2020 seasonal releases this month: Civilized Brut IPA

Founders Civilized Brut IPA

Founders Civilized Brut IPA is slated to be the first seasonal release by the Michigan-based brewery going into 2020.

The hazy India pale ale is in full control of the hoppy category in the United States, and there are industry rumblings that the category will swing away from the string of turbid, triple dry-hopped releases and back to the IPAs you can actually see through. In the case of Founders, it will be the Civilized Brut IPA.

The Brut IPA is defined by the effervescent, champagne-like mouthfeel the IPA – though few breweries have pulled this off very well. Founders brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki on this future release:

“Dry, sparkling, hop-forward IPA. Civilized Brut has just the right amount of bitterness and hop flavor to not overwhelm the clean and dry finish of this beer, while the high effervescence makes it feel like a party in every sip.”

Founders Civilized Brut IPA will make its debut in both of the brewery’s taprooms on October 30th. Look for it in 12-ounce cans in both 6-packs and 15-packs, as well as draft nationally in November 2019.

Style: Brut IPA
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Seasonal Release.
Debut: Late October 2019

6% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Great Divide, New Releases

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

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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

 

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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