Maris Otter malt has a deep history in the beer brewing industry. This month, Atlanta based American Spirit Works highlighted it a little different way – in their latest whiskey.
The United Kingdom originating two-row barley was first introduced in 1966 by Dr. G. D. H. Bell, who created it as a cross between two older barley varieties, Proctor and Pioneer. Its low nitrogen content and desirable “malty” pale taste thrust it into great prominence among English brewers and has often called the “holy grail” of homebrewer malts.
American Spirit Works chose Maris Otter in their latest Ameireaganach Single Malt Whiskey Series. Each release is brewed in Scottish double copper pot distillation, with a “twist” of southern innovation- aging in American oak casks.
As the name suggests, this edition is distilled solely from Maris Otter malt. ASW’s Head Distiller Justin Manglitz spent more than a decade owning an working in his homebrew shop in Athens, Georgia. Post distillation, the whiskey was aged in Char 3 and Char 4 American White Oak casks.
This second entry in the young distillery’s Single Malt Series shows increasing flavor depth as the series grows. It’s fruit-forward, slightly sweet without being cloying, with hints of vanilla in a warming finish. If you find yourself intimidated by Scotch-style whiskey, you’ll find love in this glass that is distilled like Scotch but has a heart of bourbon. Drinkers of both beer and whiskey can appreciate everything that is ASW Maris Otter.
750-Milliliter bottles of ASW Maris Otter can be found at both of the distillery’s Atlanta locations, as well and local bottle shops in limited quantities this October.
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Easily one of the recognized barrel-aged imperial stouts in the industry turns 10 this month – The Bruery Black Tuesday. When quantities of this beast of a beer allow, the general public has a chance to take purchase it on one single day a year. That day? October 29th.
The Bruery calls this stout “The Beer from Hell.” If you ask a brewer, they will say because it’s a difficult beer to make. If you ask a drinker, they will say it’s huge, boozy, and extremely bold. Regardless of why, on thing is certain – Black Tuesday Imperial Stout is in a class by itself.
Black Tuesday is aged over a year in bourbon barrels, just waiting to fully envelop palates with flavor and crush skulls with it’s nearly 20% alcohol by volume. Bold doesn’t even begin to describe this beer. The brewery’s descriptors of dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and oak are spot on – we’d like to include chewy, smoky, sweet, and dare we say – elegant. Sip slowly or it will wreck your week. Sharing is encouraged.
New for 2019 are Black Tuesday in 16-ounce cans. You may have noticed The Bruery slowly turning some of their imperial and pastry stouts over to aluminum, not long after lauching their India pale ale brewing subset, Offshoot Beer Company.
Now, the release details:
- Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 – 10 AM PST/1 PM EST
- Online: www.thebruery.com
- $30 per 750ml, $18 per 16oz Can
- Shipping within California, Pickup in Orange County CA, & Washington D.C. until 12/31/19
Bruery Reserve Members typically have multiple options to purchase Black Tuesday and variants of this imperial stout throughout the year. This is the only time it is offered ot the general public.
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…
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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) September 18, 2019
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.