German chocolate cake in a can? This is it. The Bruery Geburtstagskranz 2019 is now available.
It’s no secret that The Bruery loves big flavorful beers, and this oddly named release is no different. If our German is even close to correct, Geburtstagskranz means “birthday wreath”. The wreath is typically a decorated wooden circle where candles are lit instead of putting them on the birthday cake.
While that tradition is typically for kids, this beer is definitely for adults. The base beer is an imperial stout, aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla, cacao nibs, and tart cherries. The Bruery describes this release as “rich, with notes of sweet vanilla, chocolate, and tart juicy cherries”.
The Bruery Geburtstagskranz 2019 is available in 16oz cans ($12) and 4-packs ($42) each. Limited release.
Firestone Walker Napa Parabola, a barrel-aged beer/wine cross over release, debuts this week.
Parabola, Firestone Walker’s barrel-aged Russian imperial stout, is quite well-known amongst beer drinkers, first released in 2006. The brewery is situated in Paso Robles, California deep in wine country. The wine culture has had a lot of influence on the brewery, especially in Firestone’s Anniversary blends, and in the recent year-round release, Rosalie.
Eric Ponce, Firestone’s barrel program manager, always thought Parabola would really mesh well with red wine barrels. “It was something that was always in the back of my mind, so when these rare wine barrels became available, I jumped at the opportunity. The winery didn’t want to be named—all I can say is that these barrels held some of the finest wines you’ll find in Napa Valley,” Ponce says.
According to the brewery, the result is a beer that marries the French oak flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot barrels with the robust dark fruit, tobacco, and roasted malt flavors of Parabola.
Firestone Walker Napa Parabola starts shipping this week in 12-ounce bottles and draft.
Creature Comforts Five Year Anniversary Ale will debut during the brewery’s anniversary party in April.
This strong ale is blended from various ales aged in whiskey barrels from the brewery’s cellar. Creature Comforts notes the average age of the blend is 23 months.
Creature Comforts Five Year Anniversary Ale can only be found in 750-milliliter bottles at the brewery on April 13th.
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Ten-Fidy has a pretty epic reputation in craft beer. This April, you are going to see it a whole new way, in the form of Oskar Blues JAHVanilla.
This edition of Ten-Fidy is a blend of bourbon barrel-aged stout and double bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout, with HotBox Roasters cold brew coffee and Madagascar vanilla beans. The brewery aged it slightly until the flavors blended well. Last year’s release was not blended with the double-barrel.
“The blending of double-barrel aged FIDY and barrel-aged FIDY this year is pretty special. It adds to the complexity and depth of JAHvanilla. Then we hit it with premium vanilla and cold brew and the beer hulks out with flavor.” Tim Matthews, Head of Brewing Operations
Oskar Blues JAHvanilla Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy Imperial Stout will only available in the brewery’s Longmont, Colorado and Brevard, North Carolina taprooms on April 20th.
Style: Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged. Vanilla Beans. Coffee.)
Availability: 19.2 Cans
Shiner Rośe Pale Ale, a new limited seasonal arrives ahead of Spring.
You don’t hear barrel-aging and the brewers of famed Shiner Bock in the same sentence. For the second time in months, the brewery is releasing a barrel-aged beer.
Rośe Pale Ale is a collaboration with Tyler, Texas-based Kiepersol Vineyards. Shiner uses a blend of ales fermented with grape must, and aged in the winery’s white oak wine barrels.
The base beer is brewed solely with Idaho-7 hops. The final beer’s flavor is touted as having flavors of “stone fruit, sticky pine, with earthy black tea notes, with a dry, oaky finish.”
Shiner Rośe Pale Ale is available nationally for a limited time in 12-ounce bottles and draft.
New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Maple, along with Dragon’s Milk Reserve Oatmeal Cookie, are two new potential Dragon’s Milk variations coming in the near future.
The “Reserve Series” is home to variations of the brewery’s Dragon’s Milk, a barrel-aged imperial stout. The beer is aged in New Holland Spirits bourbon barrels. These variations include Banana Coconut, S’mores, Mexican Spice Cake, Vanilla Chai Spice, even the extremely addictive Rum Barrel Coconut.
On deck – Dragon’s Milk Reserve Maple, an 11% alcohol by volume maple heavy edition. Neither Oatmeal Cookie or Maple have been officially announced by the brewery.
New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Maple is a 12-ounce bottle and draft limited release. TBA.
New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Oatmeal Cookie, a new variant on the year-round barrel-aged imperial stout is on the horizon.
A few years ago the brewery starting brewing up variations of their well-loved barrel-aged imperial stout, Dragon’s Milk. To date, we’ve seen versions like Chocolate Orange, Banana Coconut, and even Smores. Now it looks like an Oatmeal Cookie variant is on the way.
If history tells us anything, expect cinnamon, cloves oats, and even raisin flavors, complimenting the vanilla and chocolate background of Dragon’s Milk.
New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Oatmeal Cookie will be available in 12-ounce bottles and draft. The brewery has not yet announced this release.