Posted in Don't Miss This, Tucker Brewing Company

Tucker Brewing takes home Georgia’s 1st lager gold in 30 years

Tucker Lager GABF Gold

Georgia’s Tucker Brewing Company just took home Great American Beer Festival Gold in the Light Lager category. In an American landscape of nearly 10,000 breweries, that’s not an easy feat. 

American craft beer is in a bit of a “lager renaissance” of sorts it’s finally normal [again] to see a lager on tap at a brewery. Hell, just a few years ago in Georgia folks were all but drowning in a sea of IPAs and stouts, but now – the Peach State is home to at least three lager-focused breweries. We’d like to extend a personal thank you that no one has tried to make a milk lager. (Yet.)

Tucker Brewing’s Lager, aka Tucker Lager, is barely four years old. The brewery’s appropriately named head brewmaster Tucker Eagleson (purely coincidental) was brewing at Heavy Seas in Baltimore, Maryland when he stumbled across the head brewer job at Tucker Brewing on ProBrewer. His name naturally got his foot in the door. 

One of the conditions of getting the job was that Eagleson had to have at least two lager recipes ready for the brewery’s upcoming Tucktoberfest that year. Within weeks of landing in Georgia, he had a märzen and Honeysuckle Helles Lager, that would eventually be Tucker Lager ready to go. 

The märzen is seasonal, but Lager immediately became year-round. “The recipes for either beer never really changed after the fest,” Eagleson says. It was just a series of [a thousand] different tweaks and sensory panels to improve the beer,” he adds. 

Light Lager may sound like a common beer, but it’s unforgiving if you don’t know what you’re doing. A stout or porter might hide imperfections or off-flavors, but a lager is like changing clothes in the front yard. You see everything. 

Here in 2021, Eagleson figured it might be time to enter it in GABF, which still held the competition despite canceling the public festival for the second year in a row. Last Saturday morning, Eagleson woke up to a text from brewery co-founder Ashley Hubbard that out of 137 category entries, Tucker Lager won gold. “It took a second for it to set in,” he says. 

It’s actually the first gold medal for a lager in Georgia in more than 30 years. A medal that’s well deserved. The all-German hop and malt lager is about as clean and crisp of a beer as you’ll find anywhere. 

Taking home gold for a light lager on your first try is no easy feat I say to him. Eagleson smiles and simply replies. “I’ll drink to that.”

Posted in New Releases, Our Mutual Friend Brewing Company

Our Mutual Friend releases barrel-aged ‘Gratitude 8’

Our Mutual Friend Gratitude 8

Denver, Colorado’s Our Mutual Friend Brewing is releasing the 8th edition of their special Gratitude beer this weekend. 

This year’s edition is a barrel-aged imperial stout. 

The brewery is hosting their annual Gratitude Party on September 18th. Party bundles can be purchased for $65.00, which includes a Gratitude shirt, glass, 1 can of Gratitude 8, and 2 drink tickets to use at the event. 

EVENT: OUR MUTUAL FRIEND GRATITUDE 8 PARTY

Our Mutual Friend Gratitude 8 is a brewery-only release in 16-ounce cans. 

Style: Imperial Stout (Barrel-Aged. Spirit barrel not specified)
Availability: 16oz Cans. Brewery Only.

Debut: 9/18/21

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Posted in Coming Soon, Dogfish Head, Headlines, Sam Adams

Dogfish Head Utopias Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout will return

Dogfish Head Utopias Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout

When Dogfish Head and Boston Beer merged, it was big news. After the dust settled, we were left wondering what’s next. Will it just be Sam Adams and Dogfish Head, independently but together? The sales team for Dogfish Head grew by more than 400%, and there was talk of seeing the Boston Beer logo on Dogfish Head, and vice versa. All that is just boilerplate business stuff.

Then this surfaced –  Dogfish Head Utopias Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout.

The combination of those two things might make you a little dizzy. Besides 120 Minute IPA, World Wide Stout is one of Dogfish Head’s strongest beers.

Sam Adams Utopias is a blended strong ale born and blended from a plethora of barrels, hovers around 27% alcohol by volume, and runs around $200 dollars a bottle. 

Dogfish Head rested World Wide Stout for 7 months in freshly emptied Utopias barrels. Combining these two beers creates something boozy, rare, and special. If you missed the first release in March of 2020, the brewery has bottled another round. 

Utopias Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout, a jet-black, rich and roasty beer with balanced notes of espresso, cocoa, sherry and vanilla.

Like we said last year, it’s one hell of a way to intercompany collaborate.

Dogfish Head Utopias Barrel-Aged Utopias World Wide Stout will be available again soon, an actual release date hasn’t been announced yet. 

Style: Imperial Stout (Barrel-Aged)
Availability: 12oz Bottles. Limited Release, Delaware Only.
Debut: 3/27/20
Latest Return: Fall 2021

17.3% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Left Hand Brewing

Left Hand Milk Box is returning with S’Mores & Double Milk Stout

Left Hand Brewing’s Milk Stout is a beer of pure beauty. One of the best milk stouts in the U.S. if you ask us. 

Over the last month the Longmont, Colorado-based brewery has been slowly revealing the contents of a 2nd edition of the brewery’s 12-pack dubbed “The Milk Box.” The variety pack is a milk stout lover’s dream. 

In November of 2020, the brewery announced the launch of the variety pack, which contained the ridiculously good Peanut Butter Milk Stout, Bittersweet Imperial Coffee Milk Stout, Raspberry, and Chai Milk Stout

The Left Hand Milk Box is making a second appearance this fall with a new cast of characters.

As of right now, the pack will contain Smore’s Milk Stout, Mint Chocolate Milk Stout, as well as Mole Milk Stout

What’s the 4th?  We are guessing Left Hand Double Milk Stout. An imperial edition of the venerable year-round Milk Stout. This edition is a big 10.5% alcohol by volume. According to the label – “Double Down! Decadent notes of milk chocolate, roasted coffee, brown sugar, and vanilla cream.”

Like we said. It’s just a guess. Either way, Double Milk Stout is something we look forward to drinking. Soon.  

Left Hand Double Milk Stout

 

Posted in Seasonal Return, Wild Heaven Craft Beers

Wild Heaven Fest Beer, Year 4

Wild Heaven Fest Beer

Wild Heaven Fest Beer returns for a 4th time (if our drinking memory serves us well) this weekend. 

A few years ago, brewery co-founder Eric Johnson debuted Autumn Defense, a creative rendition of the popular fall lager. In that case, [Defense] was actually ale, with “pronounced bright citrus flavors, brewed heavy-handedly with Munich malt.” A festbier in spirit, but as Johnson admits – not very traditional. “You’re not a brewer if you’re not experimenting I guess,” Johnson once told us. 

WILD HEAVEN’S 10TH (11TH) ANNIVERSARY PARTY WEEKEND STARTS 9/17

Wild Heaven Fest Beer follows a much more traditional path. This release is a true Marzen lager, leaving the idea of an “ale festbier” behind for good.  Before even getting to here, tweaks to the recipe were in order. Johnson used Gungeist hops in years 1 and 2 of this release – a European hop of Hallertauer parentage. These hops did make a good lager, but ultimately traditional brewing just wins out. Now the lager is brewed solely with timeless (and traditional) Noble hops from Germany. 

Brewing Fest Beer after giving up Autumn Defense was a journey unto itself. The result is definitely worth tasting, especially as fall looms.

Wild Heaven Fest Beer will be available on draft and 12-ounces cans seasonally starting this week.

Style: Festbier/Marzen

Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: 9/22/18
Latest Return: Early September 2021

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Posted in Buskey Cider, New Releases

1.5 years in the making: Buskey Sherry Barrel-Aged Cider

Buskey Sherry Barrel-Aged Cider

Virginia-based Buskey Cider is releasing Sherry Barrel-Aged Cider this Friday. It is one of just a handful of barrel-aged offerings by the cidery to date.

The inspiration for this cider starts with co-founder Elle Correll, who spent time in Jerez de la Frontera, part of Spain’s Andalusia region. The city is well-known for its sherry production. According to Buskey, Elle has been wanting to make a sherry barrel cider since they opened. 

MORE: BUSKEY CREATES CIDER SOFTSERVE

A barrel-fermented cider -a 100% Virginia-grown blend of Ashmead’s Kernel, Black Twig, and Winesap apples went into an Oloroso Sherry barrel in December of 2019. After 9 months, the cider was bottled and bottle conditioned for over a year. 

[This] unique bottled cider is nutty, with a raisin character with a citrusy finish.

Buskey Sherry Barrel-Aged Cider is available for pre-order now, releasing in 500-milliliter bottles on Friday, September 10th. 

Style: Hard Cider (Barrel Aged. Oloroso Sherry. )
Availability: 500ml Bottles. Limited Release. 
Debut: 9/10/21

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Posted in New Releases, Round Trip Brewing

Round Trip Oktoberfest cans available Friday

Round-Trip-Oktoberfest

Atlanta, Georgia’s Round Trip Oktoberfest cans will be available starting Friday, September 10th. 

The brewery just brought a new canning line online this week, giving the brewery greater flexibility with beers to-go. Round Trip’s cans are currently only available for purchase at the brewery. 

Moderately toasted bread flavors and a pleasant sweetness. The tent is open and the gang’s all here. 

The lager release arrives ahead of the brewery’s inaugural Oktoberfest events starting September 24th. 

FULL EVENT LINEUP: ROUND TRIP OKTOBERFEST 2021

Round Trip Oktoberfest is available in 12-ounce cans will be available to-go at the brewery starting Friday. 

Style: Oktoberfest
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Seasonal Release. 
Debut: September 2021

5.5% ABV, 24 IBUs