To celebrate their 25h Anniversary this year, Deschutes Brewery is releasing a special edition of their yearly and flagship beer Black Butte. Black Butte XXV will have an addition of cocoa nibs, Mission figs, and Medjool dates and a 20% increase of the portion aged in bourbon barrels. As you enjoy this brew you’ll find complex notes of vanilla, tart and dried fruit, and chocolate.
Look for Black Butte XXV in 22 oz wax-dipped bottles and on draft to most of the 21 states where Deschutes beers are sold over the next few weeks, in limited quantities. While the label says best after June 10, 2014, Deschutes recommends drinking one now and cellaring another for later.
Style: Imperial Porter (w/ cocoa nibs, figs, dates, bourbon aged)
Availability: Draft, 22oz bottles
Arrival: June 27 2013
Weyerbacher celebrates 18 years of brewing by releaseing their Eighteen weizenbock today. According to Weyerbacher, the beer is more of a ‘weizendopplebock’ with an entirely German malt bill exuding flavors of dark fruit, bready malts, chocolate, and hints of banana. Eighteen is unfiltered, bottle-conditioned and at 11% ABV it will age nicely.
Availability: Draft, 12 oz bottles
Arrival: June 18 2013
Sticking to their theme of going outside conventional beer styles, Surly presents SeVIIn, their seventh anniversary ale. This Belgian Strong Ale was brewed with rye, oats, and wheat as well as Belgian yeast and finished with Brett. This is Surly’s first ever beer brewed with wheat.
“Continuing our quest to despoil and desecrate conventional beer styles, we’re raiding Trappist traditions to produce this Belgian Style Ale brewed with Rye, Oats, and Wheat. Our first beer EVER brewed with wheat! Belgian yeast creates classic clove spiced banana aroma and flavor. Dry hopping brewing floral and citrus aromatics to the biscuity-smooth malt body.”
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Availability: 750 mL bottles
Arrival: June 23 2013
Goose Island will celebrate their silver anniversary this year and to commemorate their 25th Anniversary Ale will launch next week. Inspired by a secret unreleased beer, Honker’s Deluxe, this ESB exhibits rich malt and rustic hop flavors found in traditional English Ales. These are the very beers that inspired John Hall to open their brewery back in 1988. To celebrate their faithful fans, Goose Island will be giving away a chance to win an Ultimate Pitchfork Music Festival Weekend Experience. Check out River North Beer’s Facebook page here for more details. Also, May 13-19 2013 $1 per each pint of 25th Anniversary Ale sold will be donated to Chicago Cares
Style: English Special Bitter
Availability: 12 oz bottles, Draft
Arrival: May 13 2013
Firestone Walker Brewing’s 15th Anniversary beer goes on sale today. Each release is a carefully chosen blend of other beers and barrel aged beers in Firestone’s portfolio. Winemakers were even part of the process this time around. XV is a blend of 197 oak barrels and 8 different beers. The blend recipe is as follows:
Helldorado — (11.7% abv) Aged in Bourbon Barrels and Brandy Barrels. (18% of Blend) Barleywine
Sticky Monkey — (12.5% abv) Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels. (17% of Blend) English Barleywine
Bravo – (13.5% abv) Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels. (17% of Blend) Brown Ale
Double Double Barrel Ale (11.5% abv) Aged 100% in retired Firestone Union Barrels. (13% of Blend) English Pale Ale
Good Foot (14.3% abv) Aged in Bourbon Barrels. (11% of Blend) American Barley Wine
Velvet Merkin (8.6% abv) Aged in Bourbon Barrels. (10% of Blend) Oatmeal Stout
Parabola (13% abv) — Aged in Bourbon Barrels. (9% of Blend) Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout
Double Jack (9.5% abv) — 100% Fresh-n-Hoppy 100% Stainless Steel. (5% of Blend) – IPA
Abita Brewing (Abita Springs, LA) was founded in 1986 just outside of New Orleans. They have gone from producing 1,500 barrels of beer in their first year to almost 110,000 each year. In addition, Abita makes 6,000 barrels of root beer. Amazing root beer.
In honor of Abita’s 25 years of craft brewing, the brewery plans on releasing a 25th anniversary beer. All the details are 100% official, but it looks like it will be “double vanilla Turbodog, 7% abv”. Actually release date isn’t set.
The brewery also plans to release a few draft only selections, a black IPA (Dark cascadian, or whatever term you want) and a Russian imperial stout in 2011…
Victory Brewing is set to release an anniversary beer in 2011. This release celebrates the brewery, the neighbors and friends of their home city Downingtown, Pennsylvania, and Brandywine creek for which the water for brewing flows – this beer debuts February 15th, 2011.
From The Victory Beer Blog:
Reflecting over the years as we approach our 15th anniversary here at Victory, we can’t help but be struck by the realization that Downingtown has made a great home for Victory. From the enthusiastic throngs that crowd our brewpub to enjoy our creative, flavorful beers and cuisine to the natural charms of the area, we are blessed with good fortune. As the active community contributor we’ve been over those years, we recognize our opportunity to both utilize and protect these assets. Chief among those assets is the pure water we receive from the East Branch of the Brandywine Creek that begins its journey to us just under 14 miles from where we brew with it. We’ll be celebrating this water (insert your lite beer joke here) with our anniversary beer, Headwaters Pale Ale, due to be released February 15, 2011. Now, considering that beer is the product of four simple ingredients and the three other than water rely on water for their existence, we’ve had a fair amount of latitude in paying homage to water in our beer. So, we’ve played all of our cards deftly, bringing the hops, malt and yeast in harmony, with our great local water as the conductor in Headwaters Pale Ale.
It is unclear currently how far this beer will travel, but early talk is that it will reach all markets where Victory beer is sold. Below is a picture of Victory co-founder Bill Covaleski standing in Brandywine Creek. Doesn’t it make you thirsty?
Ships: Late February 2011