Seasonal Return

Posted in Don't Miss This, Oskar Blues Brewing, Seasonal Return

Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy returns nationally in November

Oskar Blue Barrel Aged Ten Fidy 2019

Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy will be available nationally again this month. This time around, the stout is getting a little packaging makeover.

It takes the better part of a year to brew and barrel-age Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy. 19.2-ounce cans of the imperial stout were first found in the brewery’s taprooms in fall of 2015. The demand was so high, Oskar Blues ramped up production and made it nationally available for the first time in 2016.

This month, Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy will be nationally available again, but this time in 12-ounce cans. Ten Fidy is aged in a blend of Buffalo Trace and Heaven Hill bourbon barrels for at least 8 months.

“Ten FIDY is a complicated beer for our brewers but they really dig into the behemoth task of delivering a big-time stout. Barrel-aging ups the ante even further – ramping up the chocolate, coffee and roasted notes to the maximum.”  Tim Matthews, Head of Brewing Operations

To celebrate this beer’s return, Oskar Blues is releasing variety 4-packs of barrel aged variants of Ten FIDY, including JAHvanilla, Salted Caramel, Chocolate Hazelnut Praline, and Java on November 29th.

Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy is available in 12-ounce cans and limited draft by mid-November 2019.

Style: Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 19.2oz Cans, Draft.
Latest Release: Shipping Nationally, November 2019

12.9% ABV

Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy

The previous 19.2oz release. PIC: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Seasonal Return, Three Taverns Brewery

Three Taverns Helm’s Deep, “the barrel-aged monster” returns

Three Taverns Helm's Deep 2019

Three Taverns Helm’s Deep returns to the Decatur, Georgia brewery again on November 2nd. 

This imperial stout was initially a long time coming. Ahead of the original release in 2016, the crew at Three Taverns has been aging this monster in various bourbon barrels, looking for the perfect oaky compliment. In the years since the release, the brewing staff has been come obsessive over the barrels and aging process of this release.

The 2016 edition found a perfect pairing in 8-year-old Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. Helm’s Deep was their “thickest and chewiest beer to date” according to brewery founder Brian Purcell when it first debuted. This beer’s popularity has grown so much that Three Taverns has also released a German Chocolate variant.

𝗛𝗲𝗹𝗺’𝘀 𝗗𝗲𝗲𝗽 is a 13% bourbon barrel aged stout with a chewy mouthfeel and rich flavors of bourbon saturated oak, dark chocolate, and molasses.

750-milliliter bottles of Three Taverns Helm’s Deep when the brewery opens on Saturday, November 2nd.

Style: Imperial Stout (Barrel-Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft. Limited.
Debut: 12/17/16
Latest Return: 11/2/19

13% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Great Divide, Seasonal Return

Great Divide Barrel Aged Yeti Imperial Stout cans expected in November

Great Divide Barrel Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

Great Divide Barrel Aged Yeti Imperial Stout is another one of the “old guard” in American barrel-aged imperial stouts. Additionally, it is among the most revered in the industry.

The year-round “Yeti” imperial stout spends at least 12 months aging whiskey barrels before it sees the light of day every November. The resulting beer is a big, bold 12.5% alcohol by volume beast of a stout.

The spirited aging process produces a hugely complex but mellowed Yeti, with its signature roasted flavors, hints of vanilla and oak, and a whiskeyed finish.

Other recent Yeti Imperial Stout releases include S’ mores Yeti and Mexican Chocolate Yeti.

Great Divide Barrel Aged Yeti Imperial Stout is slated for 16-ounce cans for the first time in November 2019.

Style: Imperial Stout (Barrel-Aged. Whiskey.)
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Seasonal Release.
Latest Return: November 2019

12.5% ABV

Posted in Arches Brewing, Seasonal Return

Arches Brewing Winter’s Night releases in cans for the first time

Arches Brewing Winter Night

Arches Brewing Winter’s Night is back for a second time this year. The brewery first debut this beer as a winter seasonal back in February. 

This dark German-style lager dates back centuries. From Arches: A traditional lager that is best characterized by its striking dark color and a strong malt flavor. It is complemented by an elusive, light mouthfeel which offers a clean, crisp finish.

The brewery uses light and dark Munich malt from Riverbend Malt House, giving this beer rich notes of chocolate, nuts and, caramel with a spicy finish.

12-ounce cans of Arches Brewing Winter’s Night are now available at the brewery and in distribution as a seasonal release.

Style: Dunkel
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: 2/8/19
Latest Return: October 2019

5.5% ABV

Posted in Hi Wire Brewing, Seasonal Return

Hi-Wire Pink Drink returns again this month

Hi-Wire Pink Drink

Hi-Wire Pink Drink, a fan favorite, will be available in cans for the 4th time this month.

Previously a draft only favorite, Hi-Wire Pink Drink is a kettle-soured wheat ale brewed with lemongrass and raspberries. The end result is a pink beer, thanks to big additon of the berries (the brewery compares it to beer’s version of pink lemonade). Hi-Wire finally packaged this release for the first time in fall 2016 and the brewery’s fans very literally drank every last drop they had.

…an ultra crushable tart wheat ale with lemongrass & raspberries; simple, refreshing, & pink.

Hi-Wire Pink Drink is back in 16-ounce cans across the brewery’s southern distribution footprint in September.

Style: Wheat Ale (w/ Raspberries, Lemongrass)
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Limited Release.
Latest Return: September 2019

4.2% ABV

Posted in Dogfish Head, Don't Miss This, Seasonal Return, Sierra Nevada

For the 3rd time in a decade, Dogfish Head & Sierra Nevada release ‘Life & Limb’

Dogfish Head Sierra Nevada Life & Limb 3

Some of the newcomers to the craft beer scene probably don’t remember Life & Limb, the collaboration between Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada. The first release of this collaboration occurred in 2009, followed by Life & Limb 2 in 2011. Now, the third release of this Life & Limb collaboration hits shelves, this time in 16-ounce cans.

This American strong ale is brewed with two different syrups – maple syrup from the Calagione farm in Massachusetts, as well as birch syrup. In the previous collaborations, the birch syrup was delivered to Chico, California fresh from Alaska.

Additionally, the breweries used estate barley from Sierra Nevada’s farm, plus a house yeast blend of both Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada.

We are proud to share our third version of the life and limb with its thousands of other branches who collectively comprise the craft brewing family tree. Sip slowly with friends and loved ones, savor long-because one could do better than be a swigger of birches.

The “canned on” date is dated in May. From the looks of it, neither brewery has really mentioned this release on social media as it seems to have quietly hit shelves nationally. Neither Sierra Nevada nor Dogfish Head responded for comment.

For its third release in 10 years, this unique collaboration – Life & Limb 3 is available in 16-ounce cans (by Sierra), very suitable for future aging in the event of a Life & Limb 4 release.

Style: American Strong Ale (w/ Maple Syrup. Birch Syrup.)
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Limited Release.
Debut: August 2019

10% ABV

Posted in Seasonal Return, Southern Tier Brewing

Southern Tier Pumking has been back on shelves since mid-July

Southern Tier Pumking has already hit shelves again in 2019. In reality, it started hitting shelves in mid-July, alongside the brewery’s pumpkin stout, Warlock. Pumking is easily one of the most unique (and highly debated) pumpkin beer across craft beer since debuting in 2007.

The 9% strong ale is brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, clove, and allspice. Each sip is an over-the-top fall beer that tastes like biting into pumpkin pie (crust included). Much to the chagrin of beer drinkers and their social media hatred of beer seasonal creep, Pumking really is the king one thing – it’s always the first pumpkin beer on shelves every season for the past few years. The brewery has not said if that helps beer sales or not.

In 2015, Pumking also shipped 12-ounce bottles, making the imperial pumpkin ale a little more manageable if you are flying solo.

In 2014, the brewery added Southern Tier Rum Aged Pumking,

Southern Tier Pumking is available in 12-ounce bottles, 22-ounce bottles, and draft through the fall.

Style: Pumpkin Beer (Allspice. Cinnamon. Clove. Nutmeg. Vanilla.)
Hops:
 Sterling, Magnum
Malts: 2 Row Pale, Caramel

Availability: 22oz Bombers.  Draft. 12oz Bottles
Latest Return: Late July 2019

9% ABV