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.
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
The Eighth State Rich A*F Imperial Stout debuts at the Greenville, South Carolina based brewery on June 2nd. A collaboration with Ancillary Fermentation.
We are releasing Rich A*F, our Imperial Stout collab brewed with Caviar, Cocoa Nibs, Cocoa Husks, and Madagascar Vanilla. Bottles will be sold in 4pks with a limit of one 4pk per person.
Incidentally, this is the first beer mention on Beer Street Journal that uses caviar in the brewing process.
Wild Leap Bomb Pop Double IPA is the second release in the brewery’s Truck Chaser Series as May winds down.
This ice cream themed series started earlier this year with Creamsicle Double IPA, brewed with orange, vanilla, and lactose. This second release is inspired by another popular ice cream of summer, the Bomb Pop. The tri-flavored popsicle was invented in Kansas City, Missouri in 1955. National Bomb Pop Day is celebrated on the last Thursday in June.
Wild Leap Bomb Pop Double IPA features the iconic “bomb” flavors of lime, cherry, and raspberry, brewed with lactose. Available in 12-ounce cans and draft for a limited time starting the last week of May 2019.
8.1%, 49 IBUs
In 2017, Stone released Vengeful Spirit IPA with the intention of showing off fruit in what the brewery is best known for – IPAs. Two years later a bolder version of that beer returns.
Stone chose pineapples and Mandarin oranges that compliments the tropical Mosaic, Loral & Mandarina Bavaria hops.
Revengeful Spirit is more aggressive than the 2017 release, in both alcohol by volume, hops and citrus fruit. Consider picking up this bold pre-summer beer. The nose is heavy on oranges, and each sip bursts with trop-hops and pineapple, finishing smooth and slightly bitter. Stone struck a nice balance with real fruit in an imperial IPA without being, cloying, heavy or sticky. It’s like drinking in a ray of hoppy sunshine.
Stone ReVengeful Spirit is available nationally in 12-ounce cans, 22-ounce bottles, and draft.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Seasonal Release.
Debut: May 2019
PIC: Beer Street Journal
German chocolate cake in a can? This is it. The Bruery Geburtstagskranz 2019 is now available.
It’s no secret that The Bruery loves big flavorful beers, and this oddly named release is no different. If our German is even close to correct, Geburtstagskranz means “birthday wreath”. The wreath is typically a decorated wooden circle where candles are lit instead of putting them on the birthday cake.
While that tradition is typically for kids, this beer is definitely for adults. The base beer is an imperial stout, aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla, cacao nibs, and tart cherries. The Bruery describes this release as “rich, with notes of sweet vanilla, chocolate, and tart juicy cherries”.
The Bruery Geburtstagskranz 2019 is available in 16oz cans ($12) and 4-packs ($42) each. Limited release.
May brings the 7th edition of Wild Leap Brewing’s Alpha Abstraction Double IPA, a series hop heads should have checked out by now. The series is a blitz of everything a juicy IPA should be, mixed with a rotating cast of dank hops.
It was the 5th edition early this year that really blew us away – it’s hazy IPA done right. Late March brought the 6th edition, brewed with Lotus hops. This release features a hop most have never heard of – Barbe Rouge. The hop is native to France and boasts flavors of strawberry, blackcurrant and, cherry.
Wild Leap Alpha Abstraction 7 is available for a limited time in 12-ounce cans and draft.
Style: Imperial Juicy/Hazy IPA
Hops: Barbe Rouge
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Rotating.
Debut: Early May 2019