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
SweetWater Through the Brambles was the inaugural release from the brewery’s multi-million dollar sour and wild ale expansion last year. The blackberry heavy ale truly set the tone for what was to come from the program. Its popularity is prompting a second release. .
SweetWater Through the Brambles is a sour ale brewed with blackberries that has spent 12 months aging in French oak. The result is something magical. We were wowed by the fresh peach flavor in Pit & the Pendulum. The blackberries in Brambles is equally as fresh and bright. The mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria used here is the beginnings of the house culture, which is sure to become a superstar over time. The beer finishes with just a hint of tartness, and a touch of funk.
Through the Brambles and The Woodlands is just the beginning of a whole new era for the brewery. A strong lab program and a team of incredibly talented brewers will most assuredly turn these releases into household names in the next couple of years.
Rose in color with notes of blackberry, oak and some southern funk form the wild yeast and bacteria. Initially light bodied and slightly tart, this beauty will evolve with time.
SweetWater Through the Brambles will return again in new 375 milliliter bottles, just like 100% foeder beer Cambium.
Monday Night Dr. Robot is the latest can release by the Atlanta based brewery.
This raspberry kettle soured ale was first teased in September, at a media event previewing Monday Night’s second located now known as the ‘Garage’. Dr. Robot is a simple sour beer, brewed with fresh blackberry juice and lemon zest. The result is a beautiful pink tinted beer that is great for drinking on its own, or with some of your favorite food.
A tart, fruity sour beer. Dr. Robot is as playful as its name. After souring to a delightfully tart level, we add blackberry juice and lemon zest to enhance and balance the flavor. The juice gives this beer a pink hue. The perfect blend of sweet and sour, Dr. Robot is a refreshing year-round sipper.
Monday Night Dr. Robot is available in 12-ounce cans and draft, year-round starting in October.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: October 2017
Atlanta's SweetWater Brewing took their time (and a few million dollars to do it right) building out their sour and wild ale program. You can see the result of that effort at the newest addition to their brewery – The Woodlands. On August 5th, the second release from The Woodlands debuts – SweetWater Belgian Rose.
This beer actually got its start three years ago, before The Woodlands was even built. Cabernet and Merlot barrels full of bacteria and yeast – Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, Brettanomyces Bruxellensis, and Brettanomyces Claussenii have been "funking" and souring a Belgian-style ale since 2014
In the months prior to the release, the brewery blended 1 pound per gallon of fresh Georgia grown blackberries to the base beer.
The wine touched oak, fresh blackberries, and sour tartness from the barrels are fighting for your attention, and that's a good thing. SweetWater Belgian Rose is a labor of love and the culmination of patience. Through the Brambles was a beautiful introductory lesson into what SweetWater can do on the wild side. Belgian Rose is like skipping a few grades and jumping right into the more advanced courses. Consider yourself lucky.
SweetWater Belgian Rose is now available at The Woodlands, part of the SweetWater facility in Atlanta.
Birdsong Brewing Pink Robots debuts in cans for the first time on May 4th.
The kettle soured ale features a heavy helping of fresh blackberries and raspberries. The beer name comes from 10th album from The Flaming Lips – “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots”.
We may not be Karate Masters but we sure feel good about our latest brew, Pink Robots. This kettle-soured ale has upfront fruity aromas from over 250 lbs. of fresh raspberries and blackberries, a sharp tartness, plus a long finish on the palate.
Your first shot at Birdsong Pink Robot cans will start at 3 pm at the brewery in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 4th.
Style: Berliner Weisse (w/ Raspberries. Blackberries.)
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Creature Comforts Triangulation debuts in Athens, Georgia on April 21st.
Adapted from a previous release in the brewery’s extremely limited Curious Series, Creature Comforts Triangulation is an American wild/sour ale that has been aged in tertiary use bourbon barrels with fresh blackberries. The resulting beer is described by the brewery as boasting flavors of almond, biscotti, tart cherry and blackberry.
Triangulation is a mixed fermentation ale fermented in third use bourbon barrels with blackberries. It is the first beer adapted from The Curious series to be produced on a larger scale. Like the historical use of triangles to trace a journey from known points, the navigation that has lead us to the creation of beer has been full of discovery, technical sessions, and growth. The knowledge we have gleaned has culminated here – in Triangulation.
Creature Comforts Triangulation will be a 16.9 ounce bottle release, on-site on April 21st.
Hi-Wire Blackberry Sour joins the Asheville, North Carolina based brewery’s sour & wild lineup on April 1st.
18 months of fermentation were required to make Hi-wire Blackberry Sour, a blend of stainless steel, rye whiskey, red wine and North Carolina rum barrel ales.
Think blackberry jam, brett, and oak in this balanced and drinkable ale.
Hi-Wire Blackberry Sour can be purchased in 750ml bottles on Saturday, April 1st at the brewery’s South Slope location.
Image: Hi-Wire Brewing