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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin touched down on the Moon’s Sea of Tranquility. In honor of this achievement, St. Louis, Missouri based Schlafly Brewing is debuting a “spacy” new Lunar Lager 12-pack.
The box set contains 4 different lagers – Lift-Off Lager, Apollo’s Orbit Black Lager, Moon Walk Dunkel, and The Eagle Has Landed American Lager. Lager-style beer was very popular in the 1960’s (thanks to AB, Miller, and Pabst) making the style choice for this commemoration very appropriate.
In the spirit of the ’60s, Schlafly designed the Lunar Lager lineup to reflect the time. The bottle fonts come from popular record albums, including the sans serif font from sci-fi and newspapers. The colors come from 1969 For and General Motors paint chips.
Apollo 11 is one of the most exciting feats for humankind, in our nation and beyond, and its impact clearly lives on to 2019. We thought that the 50th anniversary of such a cultural phenomenon deserved a special beer to celebrate so we are releasing four.” – Stephen Hale, Founding Brewer
Four styles make up the Lunar Lager beers:
Lift-Off Lager – Unfiltered German Lager, 5.5% ABV 20 IBUs
Apollo’s Orbit Black Lager – 5% ABV, 25 IBUs
Moon Walk Dunkel – Dark, malty German-style lager. 4.5% ABV, 20 IBUs
The Eagle Has Landed American Lager – Golden, refreshing American lager. 5% ABV, 25 IBUs
The Schlafly Lunar Lager Variety Pack will be available starting in late-April everywhere the brewery is sold. ERP $13.99.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: Late April 2019
4.5%- 5.5% ABV
As Anchor San Franpsycho IPA returns for a second summer, this year you’ll find it in cans for the first time.
Peaches and apricots highlight this warm weather IPA, brewed with El Dorado, Eureka, Cascade, and Simcoe Cryo hops. A collaboration with outdoor lifestyle brand San Franpsycho.
San Franpsycho IPA evokes strong tropical fruit flavor and aromatics with a slightly sweet finish. To amplify the delicious stone fruit taste, peach and apricot purees were added in secondary fermentation.
Anchor San Franpsycho IPA debuts at a release party on April 27 at the brewery’s Public Taps in San Francisco. Look for it in 12-ounce cans and draft for a limited time.
Style: IPA (w/ Apricots. Peaches.)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Limited Seasonal.
Latest Return: Late April 2019
Three Taverns Voyage, a new open fermented mixed culture saison, debuts today.
This unique release is a mixed culture saison, which uses Three Tavern’s house saison yeast, Georgia-grown wheat, and North Carolina rye. Voyage is the first in a series of ‘Wooden Vat’ releases by the Decatur, Georgia based brewery.
No, this isn’t fermented in steel. Three Taverns Voyage is open-fermented in oak. Old world style.
…Crafted with Georgia grown wheat and NC artisan rye then open fermented in an oak vat with our house saison blend, bright aromas of citrus and pineapple mingle with a bouyant funkiness to create a complex drinking experience.
Those with the appreciation of funky, open-fermented, Belgian-style wild ales can seek this at the brewery starting April 5th.
Style: American Wild Ale (Oak Aged)
Availability: 12.7oz Bottles. Limited Release.
Left Hand Flamingo Dreams Nitro joins the brewery’s year-round lineup in April.
Milk Stout Nitro is truly what puts Left Hand on the map. In recent years, the brewery has been building of the popularity of their “Nitro” lineup. This new creation is inspired by the upcoming days spent by the pool. According to Left Hand, most nitro beers lean toward stouts and porters. Not Flamingo Dreams. “You can’t find another beer like this on the market. It will definitely make you think differently about nitro beers,” says Jill Preston, Director of Marketing.
Flamingo Dreams Nitro is a blonde ale, brewed with fresh raspberries and blackcurrants.
Bursting with raspberries and blackcurrants and ready to jam, this berry blonde ale pours a striking pink. At 4.7% ABV, it’s super smooth and refreshing with a berry burst, frisky zing and nitro glide that will bring out your vibrant side, especially poolside.
Left Hand Flamingo Dreams Nitro will be available in 13.65-ounce cans and draft, nationally.
New Realm Lime of the Party, the brewery’s first canned sour ale, debuts this weekend.
The first appearance of this kettle sour was in the fall of 2018, hitting taps at New Realm’s Atlanta location. Lime of the Party is a gose, with fresh lime juice added during fermentation.
“We found a supplier of really fantastic Key Lime Juice and after bringing in a sample, we knew it was the way to go for our first major Gose release. It truly is like enjoying Key Lime Pie in a glass.” – Mitch Steele, Co-Founder & Brewmaster
New Realm Lime of the Party is available in 12-ounce cans and draft, at the brewery’s Atlanta and Virgnina locations this weekend, with distribuiton to follow shortly after.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut (Cans): 3/29/19
Wild Leap Alpha Abstraction 6 is hitting shelves now, the 6th formulation of the brewery’s popular imperial IPA.
Last month, we finally tried our first Alpha Abstraction (#5) from Wild Leap and were thoroughly impressed. As some folks have probably learned the hard way, just because your IPA is hazy, it doesn’t make it good. Wild Leap’s Alpha Abstraction Series is exactly what have come to expect (and want) from this style.
Since this series is ever-changing, you’ve missed your shot at AA #5, but coming in hot is Alpha Abstraction #6, brewed with Lotus hops. Wild Leap states this release boasts vanilla, berry, and orange flavors, finishing with a soft bitterness.
Wild Leap Alpha Abstraction 6 is available in 12-ounce cans and draft for a limited time.
Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: Late March 2019