Topic Archives: Cayenne

Posted in Sierra Nevada, Don't Miss This, Surly Brewing

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Ginger Lager, with Surly Brewing

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Ginger Lager can

In 2017, Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp is going international. One of America’s best breweries is pushing beyond their home borders, collaborating with folks across the world. As far as U.S. based collaborations, Minnesota’s Surly Brewing has been chosen to for 2017. Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Ginger Lager is the result.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of trying Beer Camp creations in the past, they truly are some very unique beers, brewed by some of the best brewers out there. A collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Surly conjures up images of outdoorsy types and metal enthusiasts in one room, with impossible to predict results.  What they came up with is a lager, which might not thrill everyone. That is, until the team adds spicy ginger, cayenne, and oak. You can forget forgettable lagers.

Absolute Beer Camp Highlight. 

This is far and away one of the best beers in the 2017 Beer Camp box. A crisp lager that leads with ginger, and finishes with a touch of cayenne and oak. If you thought lagers were boring, this one will have you rethinking it. Consider this an official nomination for this beer to go into full production. One lonely can is far from enough of this unique beer.

The abrasive attitude of Minnesota’s Surly Brewing Co. brings an aggressive yet refined approach to creating recipes. We came together to create this easy-drinking but complex ginger-infused lager. It’s brewed with hot ginger and a pinch of cayenne to spice up the heat and then dry hopped with an inclusion of oak for a touch of woody vanilla to round out the flavor.

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Ginger Lager will be a 16 ounce can release, a part of the Beer Camp Across the World collection, debuting later this year.

Style: Lager (w/ Ginger, Cayenne. Oak Aged.)
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: June, 2017

6.2% ABV

Posted in Cigar City Brewing, Don't Miss This

Cigar City’s Tequila Barrels Go Off Script

Cigar City Ne'er-do-well

Cigar City Brewing’s (Tampa, FL) Ne’er-do-well started its life intending on being El Murcielago, a double cream ale with lime peel and cumin. Thanks to the barrel changing the script on the brewers, it ended up being a little different. Some of the barrels started giving the cream ale some peanut flavor, so the brewery ran with it. Not without adding tamarind and some cayenne for good measure.

Ner-do-well began it’s life intending to be a new batch of El Murcielago. However, it ended up in a different place in its barrel life. You never know what might happen when you spend your life at the bottom of a barrel of tequila. We noticed that some of the barrels started contributing a peanut flavor to the beer so we rolled with it. We added tamarind and a bit of cayenne to create a Mexican-Thai hybrid. It simply is a ne’er-do-well.

Cigar City Ne’er-do-well will be available in 750ml bottles.

Style: Cream Ale (w/ Cayenne, Tamarind. Barrel Aged. Tequila.)
Availability: 750ml bottles
Arrival: TBA

?? ABV

ne’er-do-well |ˈne(ə)r do͞o ˌwelnouna person who is lazy and irresponsible.


Posted in New Beers, Ten Ninety Brewing

Ten Ninety Imperial Porter

Ten Ninety Imperial Porter

From Ten Ninety:

Created in 18th century London, porters were some of the first mass-produced and consumed beers of the industrial revolution. Porter evolved from a blend of brown and darker beers that were precursors to stouts. Tradition has it that these beers were favored by porters and other physical laborers.

Ten Ninety Imperial Porter is fiery elegance. Our porter is brewed with ample Munich, mild brown and de-bittered black malts for a chocolaty, espresso base. To contrast this bittersweet backbone, we added an ample dose of cayenne pepper, and tempered this heat with tart pomegranate juice.

Ten Ninety Imperial Porter is a perfect match for bold, smoky and cured meats as well as deeply roasted fowl and caramelized seafood.

Posted in Beer News, Dogfish Head, Seasonal Return

Dogfish Head Positive Contact Will Return in 2013

Dogfish Head Positive Contact

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, DE) will release another round of Positive Contact next year. The recent release is a cider/beer hybrid, loosly based on a witbier. This fusion is brewed with organic Fuji apple cider, fresh organic cilantro, and dried cayenne pepper.

Bottles were only released in a box set of 6/750mls, recipe pairings and a Dan The Automator record. Next year more bottles (outside of the box set?) and draft will appear- tentatively in March, 2013.

Posted in Coming Soon, Dogfish Head

Dogfish Head Positive Contact Drops 6/18

The above are bottles of Positive Contact on the line at Dogfish Head in Milton, Delaware.  The beer infusion is a collaboration between Deltron 3030′s Dan the Automator and Dogfish Head.  Deltron 3030 is a hip-hop collaboration between Dan and Del the Funkee Homosapien.

Positive Contact is a 9% ABV hybrid of beer and cider brewed with wood-pressed Fuji apples, roasted farro, a handful of cayenne peppers and fresh cilantro. Described as a “sweet-and-sour Belgian-ish brew”, light straw color with fruity, cider-like notes. Cayenne and alcohol give it a warming finish.

Positive Contact’s expected street date is 6/18/12

Posted in Dogfish Head

Sneaky Peeky: Dogfish Head/Dan The Automator Positive Contact

Dogfish Head Positive ContactDogfish Head’s newest musical collaboration features Deltron 3030′s Dan the Automator to create a beer dubbed Postive Contact.  The beer is a fusion (much like the music) of apple cider & spice.

A positive combination of Fuji cider, slow-roasted farro, a bit of cayenne, and fresh cilantro.

Style: Herb/Spice Beer
Availability: 750 ml bottles, Draft

Arrival: TBA

9% ABV 

Check out the full story on Positive Contact

Posted in Ballast Point Brewing, Coming Soon

Ballast Point’s “Indra” Boasts Curry & Coconut

Ballast Point Indra Kunindra

Ballast Point Indra Kunindra

Ballast Point will be offering a very special San Diego collaboration with an Indian flair.  Indra Kunindra is brewed in celebration of Holiday Wine Cellar’s 46th year of buisness, established in Escondido, California in 1965.   The stores logo is depicted on the label front.  This export stout boasts some spicy ingredients, including curry spice, coconut, kaffir lime, cayenne & cumin.


San Diego is home to the greatest craft beer culture in the country.  World class breweries, beer bars, bottle shops, and home brewers make our city a beer lovers utopia.  To honor our brewing community and Holiday Wine Cellar’s 46th anniversary, Ballast Point and Holiday Wine Cellar are proud to offer a unique collaboration between home brewer and craft brewery. The result of our commemorative endeavor?  An India-style Export Stout brewed with Madras Curry and lime leaf.  Definitely not the same old-same old.  Award winning brewer Alex Tweet really pushed the limited on this one – so enjoy it, and thanks for celebrating with us!

 Availability:  220z bombers

7% ABV