Atlanta gets hot, and popsicle maker King of Pops is always there with frosty, cold, unique flavors. Incidentally, New Realm Brewing does the same thing – with cold beer. Fusing the innovative flavors of the two just makes sense now summer is here.
King of Pops and New Realm sat in the brewery’s barrel-room tasting their way through popsicles and pairing it with beer. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon. According to Carey Falcone, co-founder of New Realm, found the Blackberry Ginger Lemon pop paired beautifully with their Belgian-style ale.
“The clear favorite was their Blackberry Ginger Lemon pop with our Belgian style beer, so we put together a recipe that would allow for the popsicle base to blend excellently with beer. What our brewers came up with is a cool beer with a refreshing fruity character.” – Carey Falcone
The result is BGL Belgian Ale, a fusion of ginger, blackberry and lemon pop flavors with the esters of a Belgian-style blonde ale. This first of this series debuts today, June 25th, in 12-ounce cans and draft, available in limited quantities in Georgia.
Style: Belgian Blonde Ale (w/ Ginger. Lemon. Blackberry.)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Limited Release.
7.5% ABV, 18 IBUs
Victory Twisted Monkey joins the brewery’s year-round lineup, just in time to celebrate their 23rd birthday.
Here at Beer Street Journal, we consider Victory Golden Monkey to be a craft beer classic. Actually, we use the term “Cadillac of craft beer” when talking of this famous, tasty beer primate. This month Golden Monkey has a new sibling – Twisted Monkey.
Incorporating the yeast that made Golden Monkey so popular, Victory Twisted Monkey is a Belgian-style blonde ale brewed with mango. According to the brewery, the fruity esters from the yeast are enhanced by the mango fruit addition.
Twisted Monkey heads to shelves year-round in 12-ounce cans, 12-ounce bottles, and draft.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Bottles. Draft. Year-round
Debut: February 2019
5.8% ABV, 15 IBUs
Upslope Belgian Style Blonde with Guava hits shelves in May. Don’t get too excited Upslope fans, this beer is just for the state of Utah.
You might be asking yourself, why just for Utah? Well, Utah has some very weird laws surrounding alcohol by weight. This 4% alcohol by volume beer meets those requirements. That means it cans be sold in anywhere beer and wine is sold.
…carrying scents of honeycrisp apples and champagne. It is a bright, gently carbonated beer, both light-bodied and easy drinking. The soft tropical fruit character, with a hint of white grapes imparted from the guava puree, offers a touch of complexity to the clean, bright, drinking experience of a Belgian-Style Blonde Ale.
Upslope Belgian Style Blonde with Guava is available year-round in Utah starting in May, 2016.
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Lucky Town Brewing (Jackson, MS) will launch Ballistic Blonde in cans in November, 2014.
Lucky Town Ballistic Blonde is a Belgian style blonde ale, popular since it was first introduced in 2012.
“Ballistic Blonde sales have done so well in Mississippi that we knew we would have to offer it in cans once we started packaging,” said Chip Jones, co-founder of Lucky Town Brewing.”
Lucky Town Ballistic Blonde will be available in 12oz/6, and draft year round.
Style: Belgian Blonde
Hops: Pearle, Styrian Goldings
Malts: Belgian Pilsner, Munich, Biscuit, Melanoiden
Availability: Draft (Current) Cans (November, 2014)
5.2% ABV, 31 IBUS
It may not feel like spring, but New Belgium’s Spring Blonde has arrived.
The employee owners of New Belgium get to take a spring trip to Belgium on their five-year work anniversary. The trip is a tribute to a similar trip New Belgium’s co-founder Jeff Lebesch took in the 80’s. That made him want to brew Belgian styles in the United States.
“The Spring Blonde is a tribute, an honor to traditional Belgian ales,” said New Belgium Assistant Brewmaster Grady Hull. “Blondes are also a favorite style among New Belgium employee-owners so this beer definitely has special meaning for us.”
New Belgium Spring Blonde is now available in 12oz bottles and draft.
Style: Belgian-Style Blonde Ale
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Spring Seasonal. First release.
Taste (Per NB): It pours bright copper and holds a strong, white head aloft. Opening with a nose of lemon peel, pepper and a kiss of honey, this ale drinks malty, sweet and wonderful. Nugget hopping pedals towards a dry, lightly bitter finish, perfect for spring or any time
Tomorrow, November 5th, Flying Dog releases the latest Brewhouse Rarities offering. Vineyard Blonde, a collaboration with Breaux Vineyards. The beer combines the base recipe of a blonde with grape juice, Belgian and champagne yeasts. Draft only offering.
The combination of a Belgian yeast and Vidal Blanc grape juice (from Breaux Vineyards in Purcellville, Virginia) creates a fruity and floral nose with hints of honey, banana and pineapple. Those notes continue in the flavor profile, along with melon, citrus, and malty sweetness. The addition of a champagne yeast during fermentation makes our Vineyard Blonde finish dry and spritzy.
Style: Belgian Style Blonde Ale (w/ grape juice)
Hops: Nelson Sauvin:
Malts: Pilsner Malt, Torrified Wheat, Aromatic Malt
6.4% ABV, IBUs: 25