Gate City Tarty McFly debuts today, a new kettle sour ale.
The Roswell, Georgia based brewery used fresh raspberry puree to really make this beer a “tart summer crusher” as the brewery calls it.
This Kettle Sour is tart, fruity and refreshingly delicious. With approximately 1.21 gigawatts of raspberries, this tart summer crusher will have you traveling back through time to find your hover-board and red puffy vest.
Gate City Tarty McFly is available in 12-ounce cans and draft as a summer seasonal release.
Instead of simply selecting certain hops for the next Luponic Distortion releases, Firestone Walker went another way. Custom grown hops.
Three years ago, Firestone Walker’s brewmaster Matt Brynildson secured a deal with Hop Breeding Company’s breeders Jason Perrault and Michael Ferguson. Three acres of a special new hop cultivar was planted. According to Brynildson, it was all worth the wait.
“The tropical aspect of this hop is really crazy. It adds a distinctive dimension to the aroma profile of the beer.”
This new hop is supported by five additional hops, creating a beer that boasts “unique profile of piña colada, key lime, and nectarine.”
Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion 13 starts shipping to all of the brewery’s markets this week.
Founders Underground Mountain Brown will be the 4th release in the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series this August.
Brewery fans know this beer under a different name, Barrel-Aged Sumatra Mountain Brown. Founder takes an imperial brown ale, adds Sumatra coffee, and ages it in bourbon barrels in their caves for nearly a year. This release follows new margarita-inspired Mas Agave, presumably on shelves now.
Combine Independence, Virginia’s River Ridge Organics raspberries, and Athens’s, Georgia based Creature Comfort’s oak barrels and talent, and you have this new wild ale.
Creature chose some of their best barrels to blend onto the fresh raspberries, punching down the fruit into the barrels for a full two weeks. After that, the raspberries soaked in the ale for another six months in oak, until the brewery achieved a balanced acid profile.
Creature Comforts River Ridge Red will be available in 500-milliliter bottles at the brewery on June 15th, $17.99 each. Limited 6 per person/mule.
Firestone Walker Violet Underground, a cross-Atlantic ocean collaboration, debuts this week. Part of the brewery’s Barrelworks Program.
Jim Crooks, Firestone’s medal-winning master blender is good friends with Brett Ellis, co-founder, and brewer at England’s Wild Beer Company.
Dissecting this beer yeast first – Ellis sent Crooks some Wild Beer’s native yeast. Crooks then fermented two base beers. One with Barrelworks yeast and California golden raspberries, and the other with Wild Beer’s English funk. Both bases were aged in French oak between 6 months and a year. French candied violet petals were added to a handful of barrels. The result? Something Crooks calls a “head trip”.
“Violet Underground is an intentional head trip. It’s golden in color yet smells like raspberries, offering a bunch of unexpected sensory notes that all come together in the glass.”
The beer name is presumably a play on the 60’s rock band Velvet Underground, that once had Lou Reed.
Firestone Walker Violet Underground is the second packaged release in 2019, available in 375-ml bottles and draft
Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Golden Raspberries. Violet Petals. French Oak Aged.) Availability: 375ml Bottles. Draft. Limited Release. Debut: Early June 2019
Not going to lie. When we first saw the Black and Gold name, it seemed a little Steelers like to us. Black & yellow? Black & Gold? Whatever. Today, artwork prematurely surfaced for Samuel Adams Black & Gold, aimed at celebrating the Boston Bruins winning the (still in play) Stanley Cup.
Now, it’s no secret that breweries need to get artwork into the government ahead of time, but for any hardcore sports fan, you never want to jinx it.
The talking heads on sports networks heavily favor the Boston Bruins, who have actually won the Stanley Cup in recent memory. The Saint Louis Blues, an underdog by default, is the oldest active NHL team that has never touched The Cup.
More importantly, one of the most famous goals in NHL history game out of the Bruins and Blues on May 10, 1970. Bobby Orr, the Bruins defenseman, scored in overtime to win the Stanley Cup the Boston team for the first time since 1941. Orr was tripped by defensemen Noel Picard, and thanks to photographer Ray Lussier, the rest is history.
As for Black & Gold, the beer is a 16-ounce black lager, brewed in Pennsylvania that already has two NHL teams perpetually locked in a bloodbath.
Right now, the Blues lead in Game 3, as the Bruins have a 2-1 lead in the best of 7.
Still… this has to sting a bit for Blues fans. Perhaps in 2019 they will make history.
Three Taverns Tropical Luxure joins the brewery’s Sour Asylum Series on June 8th.
This new release combines flavors of pineapple, passionfruit, and mango, with the creamy inspiration of another Sour Asylum Series – Cream Weaver. Together, they make a beer that the brewery says is the “perfect companion to help you battle that scorching Atlanta summer heat”.