German chocolate cake in a can? This is it. The Bruery Geburtstagskranz 2019 is now available.
It’s no secret that The Bruery loves big flavorful beers, and this oddly named release is no different. If our German is even close to correct, Geburtstagskranz means “birthday wreath”. The wreath is typically a decorated wooden circle where candles are lit instead of putting them on the birthday cake.
While that tradition is typically for kids, this beer is definitely for adults. The base beer is an imperial stout, aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla, cacao nibs, and tart cherries. The Bruery describes this release as “rich, with notes of sweet vanilla, chocolate, and tart juicy cherries”.
The Bruery Geburtstagskranz 2019 is available in 16oz cans ($12) and 4-packs ($42) each. Limited release.
Firestone Walker Napa Parabola, a barrel-aged beer/wine cross over release, debuts this week.
Parabola, Firestone Walker’s barrel-aged Russian imperial stout, is quite well-known amongst beer drinkers, first released in 2006. The brewery is situated in Paso Robles, California deep in wine country. The wine culture has had a lot of influence on the brewery, especially in Firestone’s Anniversary blends, and in the recent year-round release, Rosalie.
Eric Ponce, Firestone’s barrel program manager, always thought Parabola would really mesh well with red wine barrels. “It was something that was always in the back of my mind, so when these rare wine barrels became available, I jumped at the opportunity. The winery didn’t want to be named—all I can say is that these barrels held some of the finest wines you’ll find in Napa Valley,” Ponce says.
According to the brewery, the result is a beer that marries the French oak flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot barrels with the robust dark fruit, tobacco, and roasted malt flavors of Parabola.
Firestone Walker Napa Parabola starts shipping this week in 12-ounce bottles and draft.
In 2015, Sierra Nevada released an Oktoberfest ahead of the fall season. Instead of simply brewing the beer in the German tradition (releasing it for their on-site fest parties), Sierra Nevada took it a step further. They began collaborating with some of the best German breweries in the world.
The first edition was quite a masterpiece- combining Sierra Nevada’s hardcore brewing quality with Brauhaus Riegele’s 600+ years of brewing experience. A different kind of festbier and you could certainly taste it.
For the 2019 release, Sierra Nevada has selected Bitburger Brewery. Based in Bitburg, Germany, Bitburger lays claim to one of the top breweries in sales volume in their home country. Founded in 1817 by Johann Wallenborn, the brewery’s pilsner sells over 1 million U.S. barrels annually.
This year’s Oktoberfest edition is brewed with Bitburger’s Siegelhopfen (meaning “sealed hops”)—a classified hop blend that has never been shared outside the German brewery walls, according to Sierra Nevada. Additionally, Bitburger offered their signature house yeast, also never shared outside of their own brewing operations.
“We are thrilled to be brewing together with our friends from the iconic Sierra Nevada Brewery. Not only are we united by our passion for exceptional beer and truly unique hop flavors, we also share a long history of transatlantic exchange, leading to this exciting collaboration.” – Jan Niewodniczanski, Managing Director of Bitburger
Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest 2019 will be available just once in 12-ounce bottles and draft starting in late July 2019.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. One-Time Release.
Debut: Late July 2019
Creature Comforts Tropicalia, the Athens, Georgia based brewery’s top-selling beer, and one of the Southeast’s most popular India pale ales, is coming to 16-ounce cans this summer.
Creature Comfort’s massive success has a lot to do with Tropicalia. This balanced, juicy IPA has a very loyal following, so much so, that for a while stores would limit sales of this year-round beer to just one 6-pack per person.
For the loyal Tropicalia acolytes, expect a new format coming your way this summer – Tropicalia 16-ounce cans. The pint-size cans are a hot packaging format in the beer industry, and for Creature Comforts. 16-ounce “Trop” cans are a no-brainer. The brewery has been releasing 16-ounce cans for a while now, but only for their taproom/small batch releases.
David Stein, Creature Comforts co-founder and head brewer tells Beer Street Journal that fans can expect this larger can format sometime in June 2019. He also noted that the 12-ounce cans will remain in the brewery’s lineup as well.
Availability: 12oz Cans, 16oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round
Debut (16oz): June 2019 (Estimated)
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin touched down on the Moon’s Sea of Tranquility. In honor of this achievement, St. Louis, Missouri based Schlafly Brewing is debuting a “spacy” new Lunar Lager 12-pack.
The box set contains 4 different lagers – Lift-Off Lager, Apollo’s Orbit Black Lager, Moon Walk Dunkel, and The Eagle Has Landed American Lager. Lager-style beer was very popular in the 1960’s (thanks to AB, Miller, and Pabst) making the style choice for this commemoration very appropriate.
In the spirit of the ’60s, Schlafly designed the Lunar Lager lineup to reflect the time. The bottle fonts come from popular record albums, including the sans serif font from sci-fi and newspapers. The colors come from 1969 For and General Motors paint chips.
Apollo 11 is one of the most exciting feats for humankind, in our nation and beyond, and its impact clearly lives on to 2019. We thought that the 50th anniversary of such a cultural phenomenon deserved a special beer to celebrate so we are releasing four.” – Stephen Hale, Founding Brewer
Four styles make up the Lunar Lager beers:
Lift-Off Lager – Unfiltered German Lager, 5.5% ABV 20 IBUs
Apollo’s Orbit Black Lager – 5% ABV, 25 IBUs
Moon Walk Dunkel – Dark, malty German-style lager. 4.5% ABV, 20 IBUs
The Eagle Has Landed American Lager – Golden, refreshing American lager. 5% ABV, 25 IBUs
The Schlafly Lunar Lager Variety Pack will be available starting in late-April everywhere the brewery is sold. ERP $13.99.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: Late April 2019
4.5%- 5.5% ABV
Harpoon Dunk Summer Coffee Pale Ale debuts this month, the second collaboration with Dunkin’ Donuts.
In fall of 2018, the duo debuted Harpoon Dunkin’ Coffee Porter. According to the brewery, the beer was a big success among both Harpoon and Dunkin’ fans. As the weather gets warmer, pale ales become even more popular. The coffee summer pale ale is born.
“We ended last year’s baseball season with the intro of Harpoon Dunkin’ Coffee Porter, and we’re excited to begin this season with the release of our Summer Coffee Pale Ale. Most importantly, it’s a delicious beer – hoppy and vibrant with a nice coffee character. We’re thrilled to partner with an icon like Dunkin’ again.” – Dan Kenary, Co-Founder & CEO
Harpoon Dunkin’ Summer Coffee Pale Ale is available starting this month, in 12-ounce cans and draft.
Image: Harpoon Brewery
Avery Brewing has announced an expanded partnership Mahou San Miguel. The Madrid, Spain brewing company now has a 70% stake in Avery.
In November 2017 Mahou took a minority stake in Avery after brewery founder Adam Avery and his father had been searching for the right strategic partner. Today, Mahou took larger piece of the Boulder, Colorado brewery.
This collaboration creates more opportunities to continue our dedication to “Beer First,” our team and growth in our craft. We are convinced that Mahou and Founders Brewing Co are the perfect partners to grow our brands and our presence in the market through a dedicated focus on sales, marketing, national accounts and Colorado. – Adam Avery
Stateside, Mahou San Miguel also owns a minority stake in Michigan based Founders Brewing.