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Posted in Coming Soon, Don't Miss This, Stone Brewing Co.

Stone’s 23rd Anniversary release is coming this week. Hint, it’s hoppy

Stone 23rd Uncanny Anni Double IPA

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.

READ MORE: STONE ANNIVERSARY SERIES

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.

Debut: 8/12/19

8.5% ABV

Posted in American Spirit Works, Don't Miss This, Monday Night Brewing

Monday Night & American Spirit Works Whiskey collaboration returns

Monday Night Badger Whiskey

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

Posted in Don't Miss This, Monday Night Brewing, New Releases

Monday Night Darker Subject Matter – a summer thriller

Monday Night Darker Subject Matter Can

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.

Style: Imperial Stout (Barrel-Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Limited Release.
Debut: 7/26/19

13.5% ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Creature Comforts, Don't Miss This, Seasonal Return

For the hardcore Tropicalia fans: Creature Comforts Imperial Trop Haze returns

Creature Comforts Imperial Trop Haze

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.

CREATURE COMFORTS LAUNCHES YEAR-ROUND LAGER

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.
Debut: 10/12/18
Latest Return: 7/26/19

8% ABV

Posted in Anheuser-Busch, Don't Miss This

AB InBev acquires another beer subscription service

BeerBods Acquistion

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.

Image via BeerBods

Posted in Don't Miss This, Fremont Brewing, Mother Earth Brew Co, New Releases

Mother Earth debuts a hazy collaboration with Fremont Brewing

Mother Earth 4 Seasons Hazy IPA

When Mother Earth Brew Co. teams up with Seattle taste giant Fremont Brewing, expect a damn good beer.

First, let’s talk about the series. Four times a year, Mother Earth releases a seasonal beer, tied to the Earth’s four-ish seasons. (In the south, real winter is debatable. Don’t even get us started on whatever Florida calls seasons.)

For these hot months, Mother Earth Brew Co. and Fremont created a hazy IPA, that’s every bit the juice and haze you’d expect from the duo. Summer is a great time to debut this release, after all, the teams met originally on a fishing trip.

Further tying this beer to summer is an array off really rare hops (not grown in abundance), including African Queen from South Africa. The malt comes from a farmer-owned cooperative, LINC Malt out of Spokane, WA. We might be running a little low on descriptors for hazy IPAs so le us simply leave you with this. Don’t miss this release. You really CAN stand out in a crowded world of hazy beers, and Mother Earth and Fremont proved it.

Mother Earth 4 Seasons Hazy IPA is a limited summer seasonal in 16-ounce cans and draft. Don’t sleep on it.

Style: Hazy IPA
Hops: African Queen, Galaxy, Mosaic Cryo, El Dorado
Malts: 2 Row, Dextrin, Golden Naked Oats, Unmalted Wheat

Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Limited Release.
Debut: June 2019

7.5% ABV, 45 IBUs

Pic: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Brewery Expansions, Don't Miss This, Monday Night Brewing

Monday Night Brewing to open Birmingham brewpub

Monday Night Birmingham Location

Atlanta based Monday Night Brewing has revealed plans to open a 3rd location, this time in Birmingham, Alabama.

The brewery will take up 10,000 square feet in Third & Urban’s Denham Building, a mixed-use project in Birmingham’s Parkside District. The build will have 30 taps, with beers from the “Hop Hut Series” from their Midtown location, and wild and sour ales from The Garage, Monday Night’s wild facility in Atlanta’s West End.

The brewpub will have a brewhouse, which hasn’t been finalized according to co-founder Jonathan Baker. “We’re still pricing it out,” he tells Beer Street Journal.

“We feel strongly about having a presence in Alabama. This was the first state Monday Night Brewing expanded to outside of Georgia, and our beer has been really well received, There’s so much energy in Birmingham right now. We jumped at the chance to partner with another innovative company in Third & Urban to expand to an awesome Southeastern city near and dear to our hearts.” – Jeff Heck, CEO

The new location is within walking distance to  Railroad Park, Regions Field, and a variety of bars and nightlife.

Expect Monday Night beers, wine, cocktails and “simple, sharable food” built for beer pairings.

The build is expected to be completed by the end of Q1, 2020.