Posted in Don't Miss This, Southern Tier Brewing

Southern Tier Pumking is now a whiskey too

Southern Tier Pumking Whiskey

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. Have it once and you’ll never forget it.

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

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.”

With rich flavors or pie spice, buttery cream, and pie crust, Pumking Whiskey culminates with a rich sweetness and mild whiskey notes that flavored whiskey drinkers have come to expect.

Southern Tier Pumking Whiskey is available this month at the distillery in Lakewood, New York. Find it throughout Southern Tier’s spirit footprint in September.

Pumpkin shots anyone?

Posted in Brewery Expansions, Creature Comforts, Headlines

Georgia’s Creature Comforts partners with Avengers director on L.A. brewery

Creature Comforts Los Angeles

Athens, Georgia based Creature Comforts is expanding to Los Angeles, California, opening next year.

By the summer of 2021, Creature Comforts Brewing Company will have a home in the Fashion District of Los Angeles. The new build is thanks to a partnership with film director Joe Russo, director of movies like Marvel’s Infinity War and End Game. You might recall the brewery’s Tropicalia IPA making a “guest” appearance thanks to Thor in Endgame. That screen appearance occurred after Russo’s assistant, a Georgia native, brought Tropicalia to the set during Infinity War filming. Russo fell in love.

Even before Marvel fame, Creature Comforts has collaborated frequently with other brewers in California, including Russian River, Modern Times, Firestone Walker, Alvarado Street, and Sierra Nevada. Creature Comforts has always had an affinity for the Golden State.

While Creature fans had long been hoping a taproom was coming to Atlanta, the brewery’s 3rd location will be on City Market South at 1124 San Julian St. in the Fashion District of L.A., The new build includes a 3,000-sq. ft. taproom, a 10,000-sq. ft. production facility and copious outdoor seating. The production capacity of the new facility initially maxes out at 15,000 barrels (nearly 500,000 gallons) annually. Russo apparently discovered the space in the same development as his AGBO production company that was already zoned for a brewery.

“We are excited to join the vibrant craft beer scene in California and plan additional collaborations. While we are delighted to share many of our core year-round and seasonal beers, we also look forward to creating unique brews for the Los Angeles community.” – Adam Beauchamp, Brewmaster and Co-Owner, Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Creature Comforts opened its original facility in April of 2014. A larger production facility nearby by the original taproom opened in June of 2018.

Posted in Headlines, Oskar Blues Brewing

Oskar Blues debuts ‘Mustard Beer’ featuring 150 pounds of French’s

Oskar Blues Mustard Beer

We wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t know that today, August 1st, is National Mustard Day. There’s a “day” for everything. While you are smothering everything in spicy yellow goodness, there’s a craft beer to pair with it. Oskar Blues Mustard Beer.

It’s craft beer, so you know we aren’t kidding. Oskar Blues partnered with French’s on the collaboration, a tropical wheat beer infused with the yellow stuff. 150 pounds of it to be exact. The result is a wheat beer with a yellowish tinge, boasting flavors of lime, lemon, tangerine, and passion fruit to complement the spice and zip added by the mustard.

Last year French’s made a mustard flavor ice cream for the occasion. We never got to try it, but some folks on social media melted down over its mear existence. (One person even called it a slight against God. That might be a little much.)

Oskar Blues Mustard Beer was available to ship on, but it sold out pretty much immediately.

Style: Wheat Beer (w/ French’s Mustard)
Availability: 12oz Cans. Limited Release.
Debut: 8/1/20

5.2% ABV

Update: Sold out. Everywhere. Next stop, ketchup day. 

Posted in Monday Night Brewing, Seasonal Return

Bring a sweater. Monday Night Cardigans of the Galaxy makes a July return

Monday Night Cardigans of the Galaxy

Monday Night Cardigans of the Galaxy imperial IPA has returned in July 2020.

This 9.5% alcohol by volume IPA delivers big on hops: Columbus, Mandarina Bavaria, Simcoe, Citra, Ekuanot, Mosaic, Comet, and Galaxy to be exact. The “secret sauce” according to the brewery is the extra-dry finish and the “big citrusy melony nose”.


16-ounce cans of Monday Night Cardigans of the Galaxy will be available at the brewery’s Trabert Avenue location on September 27th.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Columbus, Mandarina Bavaria, Simcoe, Citra, Ekuanot, Mosaic, Comet, Galaxy

Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: 9/27/18
Latest Return: July 2020

9.5% ABV, 95 IBUs

Posted in Headlines

The anti-racism, dubbed racist ‘Yellow Belly’ beer is back to haunt again

Over the past few years, Omnipollo’s Yellowbelly beer has found its way into mainstream media’s attention span. Perhaps the conversation was truly part of the design from the beginning.

For those unfamiliar, the collaborative brew was developed in 2014 as part of Berkshire Brewery Siren’s Rainbow Project Challenge. 14 breweries were paired off, each creating a beer inspired by the colors of the rainbow.

Sweden’s Omnipollo and United Kingdom’s Buxton Brewery were paired and pulled the color yellow. The duo thought yellow was the color of cowardice and created Yellow Belly, an 11% imperial stout with peanut butter and biscuits. Interestingly, the beer contained neither. By design, name and packaging, the beer’s intention was to denounce hate organizations like the Ku Klux Klan. The final flourish – Yellow Belly was packaged purposefully in white paper twisted to a point with eyeholes, similar to a KKK hood.

Since the beer’s debut, the beer would surface on national news in Europe, Canada and the U.S. concerning the racial overtones of the packaging. Most recently this week, when World of Beer in Connecticut pulled Yellow Belly from their inventory after a customer’s Facebook post went viral after apparently being “blindsided” by the packaging.

“This is the $40 bottle of beer that was promoted and presented to my black husband and his white friend tonight at World of Beer. After researching it at home, we discovered that it was ‘created to denounce racism… promote open-mindedness… packaged in paper deliberately to denounce organizations like the KKK,'” the Facebook post read. No picture of the actual bottle in the restaurant was included in the post.

“Please accept our apologies for the lapse in judgment in serving. While we can’t speak for the intent of the brewer, the visual representation does not have a place at our establishment. We appreciate you bringing it to our attention and welcome the opportunity for discussion,” World of Beer said in a public statement following the incident.

As Beer Street Journal reported in 2018, Yellow Belly was discontinued after an unresolvable trademark dispute. This beer is no longer in production.

The comments on the customer’s Facebook post predictably devolved into fights about what is racist, name-calling, and per usual, someone gets called a nazi. Godwin’s Law on full display in yet another comment section.

Other than making a catchy, clickbait headline on larger media sites, followed by an apology headline by a corporate beer chain, perhaps this article will  serve as a lasting reminder of what Omnipollo and Buxton Brewery intended by Yellow Belly’s creation and packaging choice all along.

What most of the internet commenters have never, or may never know about Yellowbelly… it was brewed by a Henok Fentie, CEO and co-founder of Omnipollo, who also happens to be a black man and father to three. Going back to the brewing duo being assigned the color yellow. To them, yellow represented cowardice. Brewed the imperial stout with the “Yellowbelly” name and label description wasn’t enough. The beer’s packaging had to invoke more.

As found on every bottle:

To us, one of the most cowardly deeds is to act anonymously, hiding behind a group. A signifying trait of institutionalized racism.

This beer is brewed to celebrate all things new, open-minded, and progressive. A peanut butter biscuit stout with no biscuits, butter or nuts. Taste, enjoy, and don’t be prejudiced.

Grossly simplified, the message of Yellowbelly was always – “Be Better.”

To us, beer and brewing have always been an art form, from kettle to artwork, to glass. Omnipollo and Buxton’s imperial stout in its four years of existence was equal parts delicious and thought-provoking. It seems like the beer’s story never really got told, just the story its social media shock reactions.

Even in death (discontinuation), the beer comes back to haunt it’s creators, rising from the cellar somewhere to shock, scare, or offend another would-be drinker.

We will leave you with this eulogy, posted to Facebook this week by Fentie.

I am a black man, father of three black boys, and in my youth I was both harassed and beaten for being black. As such I personally wanted to write a response to the recent media coverage of our beer Yellow Belly (first brewed in 2014, now discontinued due to trademark dispute).
We want to use our craft to talk about the things that matter to us. As a black-owned and operated brewery, in the case of Yellow Belly, it was brewed to show a deep concern over racism in Europe, the United States and beyond. A question that has run through the DNA of our company since it’s founding ten years ago.The more specific message was and still is that light needs to be shed on the quiet and creeping racism that is sweeping through Europe and the world, leading to acts of inhumanity.

Quote from the bottle of Yellow Belly:
To us, one of the most cowardly deeds is to act anonymously, hiding behind a group. A signifying trait of institutionalized racism.
This beer is brewed to celebrate all things new, open minded and progressive. A peanut butter biscuit stout with no biscuits, butter or nuts. Taste, enjoy, and don’t be prejudiced.

We fully acknowledge that the format is unconventional and taken out of context can be both confusing and unintentionally offensive. As such we hope to engage our audience in this question now and going forward.
CEO and co-founder,

Henok Fentie




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

Bell’s Mango Oberon is being distributed for the first time

Bell's Mango Oberon

Bell’s Oberon is easily one of the most popular seasonal beers in America. (Unless you live in a handful of areas where it’s year-round). Every so often, and in very limited quantities, variants of Oberon have surfaced, such as Pineapple Jalapeno, Guava Raspberry, and Cucumber Basil. This month, another variant – Mango Oberon, has been selected for wider distribution.

Those living close to Bell’s General Store in downtown Kalamazoo have might have seen this beer in the past. According to Larry Bell, brewery president, and founder, says brewery fans have been asking for Oberon special releases to see more distribution.

12-ounce bottles of Bell’s Mango Oberon start shipping in limited quantities across the United States the week after July 4th.

Style: Fruited Wheat Beer (w/ Mango)
Availability: 12oz Bottles
Debut: July 2020

5.8% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Holland Brewing

New Holland Dragon’s Milk series gains a foeder beer

New Holland Dragon's Milk Solera

A new Dragon’s Milk is joining the New Holland Brewing family this month – Dragon’s Milk Solera. Unlike the year-round barrel-aged imperial stout, this release is a completely different beer, from grain to glass.

“Dragon’s Milk (the 11%’er) has really given us the ability to experiment and grow the Dragon’s Milk family,” says New Holland’s brand manager Dominic Berquist. “This is really one of the most unique brewing approaches to the series yet,” he adds.

Dragon’s Milk Solera’s base beer is best described as an American strong ale before it’s racked to American oak foeders. New Holland is going to fractionally blend each batch, known as the “solera” method. The oak foeders will house different generations of the base beer, each contributing to what you will taste in the bottle, starting with the master batch, down the line to the youngest batch. The maximum age of a thread of Solera will increase with each blend until reaching an age equilibrium. At release, that’s 7.5 months. At equilibrium, the age will increase to just over 11 months.

Each blend in the process will be numbered, so fans can follow along with blending journey.

…Dragon’s Milk Solera presents a gorgeous mahogany hue. An oaky and subtly sweet nose draws the drinker in for a sip where beguiling flavors of caramel, toffee and fig coalesce into a beer best savored amongst good company.

New Holland Dragon’s Milk Solera year-round starting in mid-July, with draft available in select states in August.

Style: American Strong Ale (Foeder Aged)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: 7/19/20

10% ABV