Red Brick Brewing (Atlanta, GA) will release Smoked Vanilla Gorilla this week. That will be the last Brick Mason release this year. This is at least the second time the brewery has had to shift the Brick Mason lineup. Copper thieves caused the first change in January.
Old Stock is 100% barrel aged, and in the barrels now (filled in the same barrels used for 17th Anniversary) and is looking to be released in January, 2013. PfeffernÃ¼sse Porter, and Saison might join Brick Mason in 2013.
Red Brick Brewing (Atlanta, GA) is releasing the 2012 round of Brick Mason Smoked Vanilla Gorilla this week. The 2012 edition is a little different. The vanilla beans aren’t smoked this year, just the malt. The smoke is subtle. brewer Garrett Lockhart wanted the beer to have a bit more silky smoothness. Also, no barrel aging this year. The base beer is still Red Brick oatmeal porter.
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft.
Arrival: First week of October, 2012
Tasting Notes (Per Red Brick): Vanilla Gorilla is a strong porter with big chocolate and roasted flavors. It has a delicate addition of vanilla that compliments its subtle smokey finish.
Check your tap handles and your shelves, Red Brick 17th Anniversary is here. Months ago, 72 Jim Beam barrels were filled with this “double brown” ale. Fans of both Beam and beer will love this one. Be sure to check out BeerStreetJournal’s pics from barrel blending day. Also, check out more on the Brick Mason Series.
Red Brick Brewing is on the eve of the 3rd barrel aged anniversary release. Last week, BeerStreetJournal was on site at the brewery when Dave McClure and his brewing team in Atlanta, Georgia pulled the next Brick Mason Series brew from the the barrels. The 2012 release marks 17 years, and is a brown ale aged in Jim Beam barrels. Before the blending, all 72 barrels were placed in the cooler overnight. The next day, the barrels were forklifted two at a time to the tank area for blending. Every barrel had to be tasted to ensure the flavor quality before blending.
You see below, each barrel is opened, sampled then pumped (with CO2) into the brite tank. Red Brick 17th Anniversary has been bottled and will start shipping over the next week.
Red Brick Brewing (Atlanta, GA) has a few changes with their Brick Mason release schedule. Thanks to the copper thieving buttholes back in January, the release schedule has been pushed back by a month.
17th Anniversary — Blending in July, released in August, 2012.
Vanilla Gorilla — First week of October.
Stock Ale — Barrel Aged, arriving in NOW JANUARY.
PfeffernÃ¼sse Porter -Named after a cookie. Now 2013?
Dog Days Ale has recently arrived for June & July, and another round of Laughing Skull in September-October.
Brick Maison Saison has been bumped from the lineup, potentially brewed in 2013.
Updated: October 1, 2012, 2:30 pm
Red Brick Wee Heavy
Style: Scotch Ale
Taste Expectations: Big malt flavor, caramel, brown sugar. Hint of smoke.
Availability: 12 oz bottles, Draft. 1 time brew.
Leinenkugel Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale
Style: Scotch Ale
Taste Expectations: Layers of malt complexity. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar. Hint of fruit, & smoke
Availability: 12 oz bottles, Draft. First release.
Both breweries serie will see additions this year. Leinie’s is planning an Imperial IPA, and a Baltic Porter. They have also been teasing a barrel aging program. Red Brick has 7 planned Brick Mason releases in 2012.
pic via @AleYeahBeer