NoDa Gordgeous Pumpkin Ale have returned as August winds down. This North Carolina brewed pumpkin ale touts 100+ pounds of organic sugar and caramelized brown sugar, freshly cracked spices, and 42 pounds of pumpkin.
The recipe started as head brewer Chad Henderson’s homebrew recipe years ago. (At one point he told Beer Street Journal a giant pumpkin was involved in the process.) NoDa Gordgeous has been a fall offering each year since debuting in 2013.
NoDa Gordgeous is available in 16-ounce cans (4 packs) and draft as an early fall seasonal.
6.4% ABV, 29 IBUs
A great seasonal is about get a little better, thanks to some time spent in oak. Saint Arnold Bourbon Pumpkinator is coming this fall.
The brewery’s seasonal, single batch, pumpkin beer has a cult following among their fan base. It got its start as the ninth release the brewery’s Divine Reserve Series. The brewing team’s pumpkin beer approach is an imperial pumpkin stout, brewed with black and caramel malts, plus pumpkin, molasses, brown sugar, and spices. This “pie in a bottle” offering is the most expensive beer Saint Arnold has brewed.
In 2017, the Houston, Texas brewery is kicking the seasonal up a notch, with Saint Arnold Bourbon Pumpkinator.
As Bishop of Metz, Saint Arnold spent his life warning of the dangers of drinking water and extolling the virtues of beer. During his funeral, his pallbearers stopped to quench their thirst, but they only had one mug to share among them. Then a miracle happened. The mug never ran dry, and all the mourners we satisfied.
Saint Arnold has begun teasing the release of this barrel-aged offering, but no debut date has been set.
Ed note: Bottle size has been changed to 12oz, instead of 22oz as previously reported.
Martin House Acheron, the Fort Worth, Texas based brewery’s barrel-aged imperial stout, is now available in cans.
Does this beer look and sound a little death metal to you? Acheron in Ancient Greek means “River of Woe”, one of the rivers of Hades in Homer’s The Odyssey. In Dante’s Inferno, the Acheron river forms the border of Hell. Like we said… metal.
Martin House Acheron dark, burly, and boozy. The 12% alcohol by volume imperial stout is unblended, aged six months in whiskey barrels. The brewery finished it with a touch of brown sugar, balancing the bitterness and increasing the ABV.
…this 12% abv stout will satiate your sinuous desires for something bold, burly, boozy, and barbarous.
Martin House Acheron is available in 12 ounce cans, in 2-packs. Think of it as two extra ounces when compared to the traditional 22 ounce bomber.
PIC: Martin House Brewing
Tallgrass King Buffalo has kicked off the Manhattan, Kansas based brewery’s new year – a big imperial stout.
The brewery is most well known for Buffalo Sweat, an oatmeal cream stout. Now the “king” of buffalos, has joined the brewery’s Explorer Series. Tallgrass King Buffalo is an 10.5% alcohol by volume imperial stout, with intense coffee and chocolate flavors.
Big Stout. Small Can.
Don’t let this little 12 ounce can fool you. What is inside is big and bold. If you love Buffalo Sweat (as much as we do), you have a home here. Scratch the milk sugar for brown sugar, and up the flavor of coffee and chocolate. King Buffalo drinks like a meal. The brewery said it best – “One Buffalo to Rule Them All.”
Kicking off the 2017 Explorer Series is King Buffalo, a 10.5% imperial stout. Sitting on a throne of dark roasted grains, King Buffalo is loaded with the same intense coffee and chocolate notes of our original Buffalo Sweat, but it’s deeper, darker, richer and more complex.
Tallgrass King Buffalo is now our packs of 12 ounce cans, from January until March, 2017.
Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Brown Sugar)
Hops: Columbus, Cascade, Northern Brewer
Malts: 2Row, Vienna, Victory, C60, Wheat, Chocolate Malt, Roasted Barley, Oats, Dehusked Carafa III
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: January, 2017
Dogfish Head Beer for Breakfast, the brewery’s essential breakfast beer, has been released in bottles.
You’ve heard of breakfast beers before. Typically it’s a stout brewed with coffee. Perhaps oats. Maybe even a little milk sugar (lactose). Yeah, Dogfish Head could do that too, but hey- that’s not very off-centered is it? This beer needs that little something extra. Bacon? Orange Juice? Nope. Scrapple.
If you aren’t from the northeast, strap in. Let us explain scrapple. It’s breakfast meat, akin to sausage. Scrapple is pork scraps seasoned with spices and held together with corn meal. The brewery uses Rapa Scrapple. Some of the best you can get. This is just the beginning of what this stout looks like.
Dogfish Head Beer For Breakfast has a long list of ingredients. The most important meal of the day looks like this:
- Maple syrup from the trees at Northfield Mount Hermon High School (Sam Calagione met his wife there)
- Barley smoked over applewood
- Roasted Chicory
- Lactose (milk sugar)
- Guatemalan Antigua cold press coffee
- Scrapple from Rapa’s Scrapple.
Dogfish Head Beer for Breakfast is now available in 12 ounce bottles starting November 7th.
Rogue Rolling Thunder, is a barrel aged imperial stout. Think that’s not very unique in the beer industry these days? When it comes to this beer, think again.
For the barrel-aged beers you’ve had in the past, the process looks like this – buy wet bourbon whiskey barrels, brew a big imperial stout. Place in barrels. Wait. Bottle.
For Rogue to do the same thing… they just wouldn’t be Rogue. This is the “Rogue” way to release a barrel-aged imperial stout. Grow your own hops and malts in nearby Independence and Hood River, Oregon. Mash in on a new brew at your brewhouse in Newport, Oregon. Take some of that beer mash and distill in into white whiskey. Cooper your own barrels. Char those barrels. Age your whiskey those barrels. Take the whiskey out, and put your homegrown, imperial stout in those barrels. Age, and bottle.
Absolute insanity. Also, a way to take “craft” to the next level.
Rogue Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout is a culmination of their own farmers, brewers, coopers, distillers, and by-hand swing top packaging team. Brewed with eight different grains, Rogue Liberty and Freedom hops, plus brown sugar, dark cherries, vanilla and chocolate. Then aged for six months in Dead Guy Whiskey barrels.
Rolling Thunder is on shelves now, but limited. A big, luscious beer with dessert-like qualities, full of chocolate, vanilla and of course, whiskey flavors. Rogue wasn’t stingy on the size either. Drink this beer with friends. Keep in mind the homegrown ingredients and talents spanning hundreds of miles across Oregon it took to make this beer.
Rogue Rolling Thunder is available in 1 liter swing top bottles, in limited quantities starting July 15th. and if you are lucky, still waiting for you on a shelf near you.
New Belgium Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough hits shelves by month’s end. This is the second ice cream inspired beer, and collaboration with the ubiquitous Ben & Jerry’s.
This time last year, New Belgium released the very first Ben & Jerry’s partnership release – Caramel Brownie Brown Ale. The beer was paired with a Ben & Jerry’s special release ice cream by the same name to pair along with it. The beer was good. So was the ice cream, if you could find it. We never did unfortunately.
Things are different in 2016 with New Belgium Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale. If you didn’t know, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is B&J’s number one selling ice cream flavor. It is also the most readily available flavor. See where we are going with this? Unless you live on your own island, there is a beer and ice cream pairing in your future.
Now, about this beer. Please never expect a beer to taste exactly like the food that inspired it. Most are flavor interpretations. Go in with that expection, and you’ll have so much more fun with beer. The base for this Cookie Dough is a blonde ale, brewed with cocoa nibs, brown sugar and vanilla beans. The flavor dotes more on the “dough” aspect of the ice cream, rather than the full-on richness of the dessert. Great by itself, and even better if you calorically spluge on the ice cream as well. Go ahead. No judgement here.
A portion of the proceeds from the New Belgium Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale will be donated to Protect Our Winters, a non-profit organization that raises awareness of climate change.
The brewery’s Folly Packs will see the beer first, followed by 6-packs going into November, 2016.