Creature Comforts Mind Matter, a hazy session India pale ale debuts today.
The beer is just 4.7% alcohol by volume, hopped with Strata, Azalea, and Idaho 7. According to Creature Comforts, the term “mind matter” is a term used by taproom staff member and label designer Gunnar Tarsa (@theboywhoseesyellow) as a to describe how he “conjures dreams and ideas into our world through the art of drawing.”
This mix of hops gives the beer tropical, citrus, and berry notes.
Creature Comforts Mind Matter is available in 16-ounce cans at the brewery in Athens, Georgia starting September 3rd.
Style: Session IPA
Hops: Strata, Azacca, Idaho 7
Availability: 16oz Cans
Boulder, Colorado’s Upslope Brewing has released Oktoberfest Lager, in time for fest season.
This brand new limited release, is described by the brewery as a “modern, malt-forward brew,” featuring Leopold Bros Floor-Malted Pilsner.
A sweet, fresh-baked bread nose is followed by light herbaceous hop character and a smooth finish.
In addition to the new beer, the brewery is hosting an Octoberfest at their Flatiron location. The event features the Oktoberfest beer, brats, a stein-hoisting contest and more.
Upslope Oktoberfest is a 12-ounce can and draft offering for a limited time.
Hops: Hallertauer Mittelfrüh
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Limited Release:
Debut: Late August 2021
5.5% ABV, 22 IBUs
Richmond, Virginia’s Buskey Cider releases a limited a new limited edition cider on August 27th – Buskey Strawberry Kiwi.
The hard cider features Virginia apples, plus strawberries and kiwis.
Smells like a strawberry, tastes like a kiwi!
16oz 4-pack cans are $14 each. Available at all Buskey locations starting at 12 noon. The cidery also delivers to Richmond and surrounding areas, Hampton Roads, and NOVA.
Image: Buskey Cider
I grew up on Duke’s Mayo, which was highly unlikely considering I lived in state that was completely devoid of Duke’s. To this day I couldn’t tell you what mayo my friends ate growing up, but I’m sure it was something with a tangy zip, or some crap like that. We would vacation to see family a few times of year, whether upstate South Carolina, or Charleston and my father would stock up on Duke’s. We’d drive back north with a trunk full of mayo, and Beanie Weenies to get through another few months.(The pimento cheese was always a short term delicacy.) Later he would have family members ship it.
Either way. My southern born and raised family however, was and still is – a Duke’s Mayonnaise family.
Charlottesville, Virginia based Champion Brewing Company has just introduced a new lager, meant to be paired with a southern sandwich favorite – A Duke’s heavy BLT.
The beer is a 5.1% ABV vienna lager perfectly named Family Recipe, brewed with Vienna malt, Magnum and Saaz hops. While I haven’t had the beer, I can tell you a BLT, with crispy bacon, lettuce as cold as the fridge, topped with Duke’s on white bread washed down with a crisp lager is a thing of beauty in the humid southern summer heat. Champion Brewing only uses Duke’s Mayonnaise in their restaurants for a reason.
When I told my father about this collaboration he literally stopped speaking mid conversation and wanted to know where to get it. The irony now is that he can get all the Duke’s he wants, but not the beer. Life can be so cruel.
Champion Family Recipe debuts this week Champion’s Tap House, Champion Grill, and Champion Ice House. The brewery will also be pouring Family Recipe at the Duke’s Mayo Classic games this year in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Doubleheader features East Carolina University versus Appalachian State University and UGA opening against Clemson.
Additionally, Family Recipe is shipping 16-ounce cans across Virginia and North Carolina for a limited time.
Style: Vienna Lager
Hops: Saaz, Magnum
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Limited Release
The halfway point of Mother Earth Brew Co.’s art-inspired “Project X” Series has arrived, in the form of Cognitive Aerobics. (That’s a beer.)
The can artwork, with a strong colorful 80’s vibe, was created by San Diego-based abstract artist, Michael Carini. His primary medium is acrylic, referring to his process as “Acrylic Alchemy.” Carini really goes into depth on what the name “Cognitive Aerobics” means, worth reading on Mother Earth’s website.
The beer is a hazy IPA, with a 50/50 mix of New Zealand and Pacific Northwest Hops The brewing process apparently captured the fruiter/juicer qualities of the hop blend, compliments by some old-school hoppy citrus flavors. From the description, your palate will definitely get a work out, tasting both old school and new school hops in each sip.
Mother Earth Brew Co. Cognitive Aerobics Hazy IPA is available for a limited time in 16-ounce cans and draft.
Style: Hazy IPA
Hops: Nelson Sauvin, Moteuka, Citra, Amarillo
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Limited Release.
Wild Leap Alpha Abstraction #17 is now available, as the Alpha line continues on.
This edition marks the beginning of a new collaboration with Brewers Supply Group’s (BSG) hop program. A new hop blend called Citiva, was used for #17. According to Norther Brewer, this hop is “designed to have consistent results (flavor profile) year after year, regardless of the characteristics of hops in the blend.”
“This edition of Alpha Abstraction has incredibly smooth, floral notes of peach and mango. We are also using experimental hops from this program in other beers, such as our Side Bae series.” – Chief Brewing Officer Chris Elliot
Wild Leap Alpha Abstraction #17 is available for a limited time in 12-ounce cans and draft across the southeast.
Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: Late June 2021
Mother Earth Rail Jam Hazy IPA is the latest entry in the brewery’s Project-X Series. Each release in the series is inspired by both brewer, and artist.
The artist is Matthew Perdoni, a visual artist based in North County San Diego. His passion for the arts started less with the comic book stories of Batman and Wolverine, but more with the illustrations themselves. Now his paintings and public artworks are well-known in San Diego.
Fans of artists and their stories, don’t skip on Perdoni’s interview with Mother Earth.
Off the Rails Hazy IPA is a collaboration with Mother Earth’s Director of Brewing Operations, Christopher Baker, and the Vista Location Head Brewer, Bret Stitzman. A lot of the brewery’s hazy IPAs have been lactose-heavy juiciness. Apparently, in this release, the brewery dialed flavor profile back a bit, bringing a bit of balance to the beer, which – might actually seem like going off the rails in this day and age.
Rails features some heavy hop hitters- Cashmere, Lemon Drop, Galaxy, and Citra Hops.
The net-net is that Rail Jam drinks exceptionally smooth, with almost no pronounced bitterness to speak of with bright lemon-lime citrus qualities in addition to melon, peach, and tangerine.
Mother Earth Rail Jam Hazy IPA is available in 16-ounce cans for a limited time where the brewery’s limited releases are sold.
Style: Hazy IPA
Hops: Cashmere, Lemon Drop, Galaxy, Citra
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Limited Release.
Debut: Late April 2021