Posted in 8th Wonder Brewery, Coming Soon

8th Wonder Viet-Irish Coffee market the brewery’s 1st bottle release

8th Wonder Viet-Irish Coffee

8th Wonder Viet-Irish Coffee debuts at the Houston, Texas brewery this weekend.

This first bottle release by 8th Wonder is indeed a big one, especially since the brewery calls this beer Imperial Rocket Fuel. Viet-Irish Coffee is based on year-round Rocket Fuel, a 4.6% alcohol robust porter brewed with Greenway Coffee and milk sugar.

This imperial edition features the same locally roasted Greenway Coffee and aged in Jameson Whiskey barrels.

8th Wonder Viet-Irish Coffee will be available in 22-ounce bottles and draft when the brewery opens on Saturday, January 25th.

Style: Imperial Milk Porter (w/ Coffee. Barrel Aged. Whiskey.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles. Brewery Release.
Debut: 1/25/20

10.2% ABV

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Posted in Seasonal Return, Three Taverns Brewery

Tangerine & vanilla Three Taverns Cream Weaver returns this weekend

Three Taverns Cream Weaver

Three Taverns Cream Weaver is back by popular demand this weekend. 

Part of the Sour Asylum Series, silky cream weaver is big on tangerine and vanilla flavors. Pre-sales for this beer has typically sold out within a day.

RELATED: THREE TAVERNS TROPICAL LUXURE

Three Taverns Cream Weaver will be available in 12-ounce cans and draft when the brewery opens on Saturday, January 25th.

Style: Kettle Sour Ale (w/ Tangerine, Vanilla. Lactose.)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Brewery Release.
Latest Return: 1/25/20

5% ABV

Posted in Atwater Brewery, Headlines

Molson Coors acquires Detroit’s Atwater Brewery

Atwater Brewery Acquistion

Tenth & Blake Beer Company, a division of Molson Coors (previously Miller Coors) has acquired Detroit-based Atwater Brewery.

Atwater Block Brewery was founded in 1997 in Detroit’s Rivertown District. in 2005, Mark Rieth purchased the brewery outright.

Since the brewery’s inception, Atwater now operates three taphouse locations in Detroit, Grosse Pointe Park, and Grand Rapids.

Today, the brewery announced they have signed an agreement with Tenth & Blake to join their growing portfolio which includes Saint Archer, Terrapin Beer Company, Hop Valley Brewing, Revolver Brewing, and AC Golden.

“The agreement with Tenth and Blake is both the culmination of our past and the catapult to our future. For Atwater to continue to grow, it will require both capital and brewing expertise. Tenth and Blake brings both, which makes them the ideal strategic partner to help us continue to live our mantra ‘Born in Detroit. Raised Everywhere.'” – Mark Rieth, Atwater Brewery owner

Tenth & Blake’s last acquisition was in 2016 with Revolver.

Atwater produced just over 20,000 barrels of beer (620,000 gallons) in 2019. Recently, the brewery increased its production of hard seltzers. Atwater currently distributes to 12 states.

Posted in Brewery Expansions, Reformation Brewery

Georgia’s Reformation Brewery opens 3rd location

Reformation Brewery Smyrna

Reformation Brewery has officially opened its third location in the Peach State – a taproom in Smyrna.

Spencer Nix and Reformation Brewery have made some big moves over the past few years. In 2018, the brewery opened a second location in downtown Woodstock. In 2019, the brewery expanded its production facility in Canton, north of Atlanta, into The Mill on Etowah, an old denim factory.

As 2020 begins, Reformation has opened a third location, a taproom and future blendery in Smryna. The city recently expanded its open policy to include Riverview Landing, a new restaurant district on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. The taproom spans 2500 square feet with 16 taps that will focus on India pale ales and sour/wild ales.

Since open container purchases cannot be glass, Reformation is offering silicon pints for purchase on-site. The move is aimed at reducing plastic use and waste. Those purchasing the silicone pints will receive a 3% discount on draft purchases using the refillable cup as guests walk the property.

“Reformation Brewery has always been committed to investing in the communities we serve. Our brewhouse is highly efficient, using less wastewater than traditional systems. Adding a reusable cup that’s also compliant with the walkability of our neighborhoods was an easy next step. We look forward to continuing these investments in 2020.” – Spencer Nix, CEO & Co-Founder

The Smyrna space will also serve as a blendery, for Reformation’s barrel-aging, and mixed fermentation projects.

Reformation Brewery at Riverview Landing is now open Wednesday – Thursday 4pm-9pm, Friday 3pm-11pm, Saturday noon-11pm, Sunday noon-9pm. Once Grand Champion BBQ opens nearby,  the brewery plans to add hours on Tuesday, and extend operation on other days to include lunch hours.

A grand opening date for the property on March 28th.

Image: Reformation Brewery

Posted in Bell's Brewing, Don't Miss This, New Releases

Bell’s Light Hearted Ale ships for the 1st time

Bell's Light Hearted Ale

Bell’s Brewery’s Two Hearted Ale is known epically as one of the best (if not the best) India pale ale in America. Double Two Hearted Ale, which is is basically Two Hearted turned into the hoppy Incredible Hulk, was bottled last year and brewery fans couldn’t’ get enough. Then it was revealed that the “Hearted Ale” series had a lesser-known, lovable lighter side – Light Hearted Ale.

The 110 calorie, 8.7 carb, 3.7% alcohol by volume “light” ale has been a Bell’s General Store exclusive release, showing up on social media as early as last summer.

Gearing up for a wide-scale release, Bell’s has overhauled Light Hearted’s artwork. This lighter approach to one of America’s most popular India pale ales two hops – Centennial and Galaxy. The beer joins the ranks of a growing segment of lighter, lower calorie, lower alcohol by volume creations by craft brewers.

Enjoy all the benefits of a light beer, with the flavor and quality you would expect from Bell’s.

Bell’s Light Hearted Ale will be available year-round in 12-ounce cans and draft starting in late-January

Style: IPA (Session Beer)
Hops: Centennial, Galaxy
Availability: Early 2020

3.7% ABV

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Posted in Distribution Expansion, Dogfish Head

Dogfish Head adds North Dakota this month

Dogfish Head North Dakota

Delaware based Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is entering North Dakota this month.

Beer fans in the Peace Garden State will enjoy flagship offerings  60 Minute IPA, Slightly Mighty, SeaQuench Ale and 90 Minute IPA, as well as seasonal releases The Perfect Disguise, Sun-Day-Feel, Punkin Ale, and Campfire Amplifier.

Specialty and one-off releases will appear throughout the year.

The Dogfish Head lineup will be distributed by Jerome Distributing, based in Bismark and Dickinson, North Dakota.

Image: Brewery founder Sam Calagione holds up the flag of North Dakota, via Dogfish Head.

Posted in Coming Soon, Monday Night Brewing

Monday Night Lay Low, a low-calorie IPA releases soon

Monday Night Lay Low IPA

There are a handful of lower alcohol by volume, lower-calorie beers in the craft brewing segment. Some of the most notable recent releases include One-y IPA by Oskar Blues, Slightly Mighty by Dogfish Head, and Swipe Light by Southern Tier. Soon,  Monday Night Lay Low IPA is joining the category soon.

Early details are pretty simple. Lay Low is an India pale ale that is 3.2% alcohol by volume, instead of 3.5% as previously reported and just 95 calories. Starting in 2020, the brewery has ceased using 6-pack rings and has shifted to the box format.

Monday Night Lay Low IPA is slated for 12-ounce cans and draft starting January 24th.

Style: IPA (Session Beer)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. GA, TN, AL.
Debut: 1/24/20

3.2% ABV

Image: Monday Night Brewing