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Posted in Don't Miss This, Guinness, New Releases

Guinness releases barrel-aged Mint Chocolate Stout

Guinness Mint Chocolate Stout

Baltimore, Maryland-based Guinness Open Gate Brewery has a new seasonal imperial stout ahead of the holidays – Guinness Mint Chocolate Stout

The imperial stout is brewed with dried mint leaves, then conditioned on pure cacao (chocolate), then aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels.

“Chocolate and mint are a classic flavor combination, and the way those flavors interact with the bourbon character leads to something really special. It’s the perfect beer to sip on after a solid meal with family and friends over the holidays,” says Open Gate head brewer Sean Brennan. 

Guinness Mint Chocolate Stout also compliments recently returning Gingerbread Stout, also brewed in the Baltimore brewery. 

Mint Chocolate Stout is available in 11.2-ounce bottles for a limited time. 

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Mint. Chocolate. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 11.2 oz/4pk Bottles. Limited Release. 
Debut: November 2021 

10.8% ABV

Posted in Monday Night Brewing, New Releases

Monday Night Saint Monday blesses the market this week

Monday Night Saint Monday

Monday Night Saint Monday, a new seasonal Helles lager debuts for the first time this week. 

This lighter alcohol by volume beer (4.4%) is designed to be a “recovery beer” of sorts, after a full weekend of boozing. The beer’s name “Saint Monday” refers to the tradition of being “absent” on Monday. We are assuming to recover from drinking or to continue drinking. As a cultural reference, Saint Monday is documented back to the 18th Century in England. Even Benjamin Franklin referenced Saint Monday in his autobiography. 

Monday Night has made a lot of fun and experimental beers lately, but brewmaster Peter Kylie wanted to take a run at German traditional style like the Helles Lager. Saint Monday is brewed with German Pilsner and Munich malts, as well as German Hallertau and Czech Saaz hops. The brewers put a strong focus on matching the water chemistry of southern Germany. 

Spicy and floral notes culminate in a clean, bready, and dare we say benevolent finish. 

Monday Night Saint Monday is available in 12-ounce cans and draft the week of November 8th. 

Style: Helles Lager
Hops: Hallertau Mittlefruh, Saaz
Malts: Pilsner, Munich 

Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Seasonal Release. 
Distribution: GA, TN, AL. All taprooms. 

4.4% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Releases, Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada Celebration IPA returns in cans this month

Sierra Nevada Celebration Cans

It’s always nice to see a venerable beer like Sierra Nevada Celebration IPA still able to stir up some excitement. The brewery posted a picture of Celebration cans ready waiting to be filled, and fans re-professed their love for this seasonal beer all over again. Celebration IPA is an absolute seasonal classic, akin to Bell’s Two Hearted, or Russian River’s Pliny the Elder. Only, you can only get it as the year wind’s down. 

Later this month, Celebration Ale will hit shelves once again. 

Sierra Nevada has been brewing this fresh-hopped India pale ale since 1981, just one year after opening in 1980. While craft beer’s #1 selling style [IPA] has seen a lot of trends, Celebration Ale has remained steadfast in simply staying as-is. Perhaps that mix of quality and reliability is what makes it so popular – a fact proven by the overwhelming reactions from Celebration fans after the brewery posted the above photo this week. 

Celebration Ale follows Oktoberfest in the brewery’s seasonal series of releases. Expect 12-ounce cans to hit stores for the first time this month in 6, 12, and 24 packs. 

Style: IPA
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. 
First Release: 1981

Latest Return: October 2021

6.8% ABV

Ed Note: A previous version of the article erroneously stated cans are new in 2021. Image: Sierra Nevada

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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

?? ABV

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

?? ABV

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