Topic Archives: Brick Mason Series

Posted in Coming Soon, Red Brick Brewing

Red Brick “The Lost Years” Barrel Aged Strong Ale in 2013

Red Brick Brewing (Atlanta, GA) will add The Lost Years to the Brick Mason lineup in 2013. Lost Years will be the fifth edition in Red Brick’s lineup. Strong ale in bourbon sound good to you?

Style: American Strong Ale (Barrel Aged, Jim Beam)
Availability: 12 oz bottles, Draft.
Arrival: 1st Quarter 2013

?? ABV 

Posted in Beer News, Red Brick Brewing

Smoked Vanilla Is Red Brick’s Last Brick Mason This Year

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.  Pfeffernüsse Porter, and Saison might join Brick Mason in 2013. 

Posted in Red Brick Brewing, Seasonal Return

Red Brick Smoked Vanilla Gorilla Arrives This Week, With Changes


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.

Style: Porter (w/ Vanilla Beans, Smoked)

7.5% ABV 

Posted in New Releases, Red Brick Brewing

Red Brick 17th Anniversary Hits Shelves

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.

Style: Brown Ale (Barrel Aged)
Availability: 12 oz bottles, Draft. One time brew.

8.5% ABV 

Posted in Red Brick Brewing

Red Brick 17th Anniversary Blending [PICS]

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.

Style: Brown Ale (Barrel Aged)
Availability: 12 oz bottles, Limited Draft.

8.5% ABV

Posted in Red Brick Brewing

Red Brick Shifts Lineup Thanks To Copper Loss, Bumps Saison

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.
Pfeffernüsse 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

Posted in Leinenkugel's Brewing, New Releases, Red Brick Brewing

2 Wee Heavy Releases: Leinenkugel’s & Red Brick

Two scotch ales have arrived at the same time, malt lovers.  Red Brick Brewing has just added one to their Brick Mason Series, and Leinenkugel’s to their Big Eddy Series.  More on each:

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.

6% ABV

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.

9.5% ABV 

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