Posted in Don't Miss This, Southern Tier Brewing

When life gives you Southern Tier Pumking Whiskey, you make pumpkin bombs

Southern Tier Pumking Whiskey Bomb

Now it’s a spirit unto itself, Southern Tier Pumking Whiskey is here to make your 2020 even weirder.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – Southern Tier Pumking is easily one of the most unique (and highly debated) pumpkin beer across craft beer since debuting in 2007. If the flavors of pumpkin beers were represented by dots on a map, Pumking is the outlier. That dot in the corner away from the other dots. Why? It may be the most pumpkin pie flavored beer out there. The beer is loved by some, hated by others. One thing is certain – it’s unforgettable.

Pumking Whiskey is the highest proof whiskey in Southern Tier Distilling’s arsenal. It’s a whiskey that’s apparently as memorable in flavor as the beer itself, going as far as to say the whiskey is “pumpkin pie in a shot glass.” They weren’t kidding.

Pumking Ale has an undeniable smell of pumpkin pie when you open a bottle. The whiskey is no different. Pull the cork and you’re immediately hit with aromas of pie, buttercream, and graham cracker, mixed with a little alcoholic heat. The whiskey is smooth and a touch sweet, tasting more fresh and real than the chemical fakeness that’s waiting for you a cup of Seattle’s infamous PSL. Never has there ever been a spirit more deserving of the title “fall in a shot glass” than Pumking Whiskey.

Naturally, a “pumpkin bomb” was in order. So we did it. Worth it. That’s how you take fall by the horns. (Leaves.)

Southern Tier Pumking Whiskey is available for a limited time at the distillery in Lakewood, New York as well as Southern Tier Spirit’s footprint starting in September. After the year we’ve all had, don’t act like this is beneath you now.

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Posted in Creature Comforts, Don't Miss This

Creature Comforts Athena Paradiso with Blackberries & Black Currants

Creature Comforts Athena Paradiso Blackberries & Black Currants

Creature Comforts Athena Paradiso with Blackberries & Black Currants will arrive soon as the brewery’s next seasonal release.

The new edition of Athena Paradiso joins a series of fruited Athenas, including Tart Cherry, Raspberry, and Cranberry, as well as Passionfruit & Guava.

A release date for Athena Paradiso with Blackberries & Black Currants is forthcoming.

Style: Berliner Weisse (w/ Blackberries. Black Currants.)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Seasonal Release.
Debut: TBA

?? ABV

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Posted in Coming Soon, Creature Comforts
Posted in Headlines, Yuengling

Yuengling Hershey’s Chocolate Porter is chocolate perfection

Yuengling Hersheys Chocolate Porter Bottle

A year ago, two famous Pennsylvania companies – Yuengling and Hershey’s Chocolate announced a one of a kind beer collaboration – Yuengling Hershey’s Chocolate Porter. Much to the chagrin of fans of either, it was limited to draft-only, in a handful of locations.

Because 2020 needed good news, this month Yuengling unveiled bottles, destined for wide distribution.

The base beer is Yuengling’s nearly 200-year-old Porter recipe, plus “the world-famous taste of Hershey’s chocolate. Sadly, much like last year, our questions to the brewery have gone unanswered about the process, but this year – we tasted it.

Immediately upon opening a bottle of Hershey’s Porter, you’re hit with the undeniable smell of Hershey’s chocolate. If you’ve ever toured the factory, or in my case, grew up going to Hershey Park on band trips, you’ll never forget that sweet and unique smell.

The flavor is equally as real and rich as the smell. The roasty flavor of Yuengling’s porter (one of the two beers first introduced by the brewery in 1829) blends beautifully with Hershey’s flavor. The success of this beer in the undeniable burst of Hershey’s aroma and flavor. Chocolate beers in the beer industry are abundant, but this one truly leaves an impression. Straight up and down this is Yuengling meets Hershey’s Chocolate. For that reason, to us it’s a brewing achievement.

Yuengling Hershey’s Chocolate Porter is a limited release in 12-ounce bottles and draft.

Style: Porter (w/ Chocolate.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Limited Release.
Debut: Mid October 2019
Bottling: October 2020

4.7% ABV

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Posted in Don't Miss This, Pabst Blue Ribbon

PBR Cannabis Infused Seltzer debuts in California

PBR Cannabis Infused Seltzer

Pabst isn’t letting 2020 slow them down. Today the company unveiled Pabst Blue Ribbon Cannabis-Infused Seltzer. The new offering is labeled under newly formed company Pabst Labs.

Pabst Labs was recently founded by a group of cannabis beverage experts, as well as former Pabst employees. The company has full ownership of the product development, production, packaging, and marketing.

With cannabis laws being varied across all 50 states, California will be the only state seeing the release of the product – found in cannabis dispensaries.

PBR HARD COFFEE DEBUTS ON NATIONAL COFFEE DAY

Each 12-ounce can is lemon-flavored, with 4 grams of sugar, 25 calories, 5 milligrams of THC. The cannabis seltzer is non-alcoholic. It is currently Federally illegal to mix cannabis products and alcohol (in professional production). Lemon is the only flavor available at launch. Pabst Labs states other flavors are in development

“Pabst Blue Ribbon has an incredibly loyal and passionate customer base who are open to change and embracing new ideas. We’ve spent a long time creating a quality product for both new and experienced users, and believe the entry of an established brand can help kick-start the cannabis drinks category.” – Mark Faicol, Pabst Labs Brand Manager.

PBR Cannabis Infused Seltzer Seltzer available for customers in a select group of California dispensaries as well as direct to California consumers via shop.PabstLabs.com

Posted in Distribution Expansion, Hi Wire Brewing

Hi-Wire Brewing adds Indiana distribution

Hi Wire Brewing Indiana Distribution

Asheville, North Carolina based Hi-Wire Brewing adds Indiana distribution this month. The brewery has signed with Craftroads Beverage.

Hi-Wire’s co-founder Chris Frosaker is a mid-westerner, who always had Indiana in his distribution plans.

As a craft only wholesaler, the partnership with Craftroads follows Hi-Wire’s last several market launches with statewide, independent wholesalers who only focus on high-end craft beer. In fact, the collaboration was born from great relationships formed between Hi-Wire and distributors in nearby states, which led Craftroads Beverage to start the conversation about branching out into Indiana. – Chris Frosaker

Beer drinkers in the Hoosier State will see Hi-Wire’s full lineup of flagships, seasonals, and specialty releases throughout the year.

The first shipment will hit shelves mid-October.

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 Can

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. This week, Imperial Trop Haze, a beer that might just be the holy grail to Tropicalia lovers is back in action.

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The biggest Tropicalia fans ate this release up when it first debuted last two years ago. Between the name, and the hops (Citra, Centennial, and Galaxy), and the reputation, Imperial Trop Haze lingers very long.

Creature Comforts Imperial Trop Haze is available in 16-ounce cans and draft, presumably with the largest distribution to date.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Citra, Centennial, Galaxy
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Brewery Only.
Debut: 10/12/18
Latest Return: 8/5/20

8% ABV

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