Two famous Pennsylvania companies – Yuengling and Hershey’s Chocolate, have announced a first of its kind beer collaboration. Yuengling Hershey’s Chocolate Porter is headed to select markets this month.
The base beer is Yuengling’s nearly 200-year-old Porter recipe, plus “the world-famous taste of Hershey’s chocolate.”
The limited-edition beer uses Yuengling’s unparalleled brewing experience to artfully blend Hershey’s chocolate with caramel and dark roasted malts for a smooth, rich and delightfully chocolaty finish.
Unfortunately we have little knowledge of which chocolates from Hershey’s were used and how. Emails to the brewery/PR agency have not been returned.
Yuengling Hershey’s Chocolate Porter is a draft only offering while supplies last starting in mid-October. Only select markets will receive the new chocolate offering, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, West Virginia, New York, Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Washington D.C., Delaware, Indiana, and Kentucky.
Great Divide Smores Yeti – a brand new “Yeti” in the brewery’s ever-evolving series debuts this week.
This new limited release is a variant of one of the recognizable imperial stouts in the craft beer industry, Yeti Imperial Stout. The Denver, Colorado brewery brewed this edition with chocolate, marshmallow and a few unspecified spices.
Great Divide Smores Yeti is a limited release, available in 19.2-ounce cans starting in October. The brewery has not elaborated on any distribution plans.
Image: Great Divide
Founders KBS Espresso, a variant of the popular barrel-aged imperial stout debuts in 2020.
The Michigan-based Founders Brewing is currently readying the first variant to come from Kentucky Breakfast Stout, aka KBS. While the annual imperial stout is already brewed with coffee, this edition is aged on espresso beans after coming out of the bourbon barrels.
The result is a fresh and snappy coffee twist on our classic barrel-aged beer. Who says you can’t start your day with a barrel-aged stout?
Founders KBS Espresso will be debut in 12-ounce bottles, as well as 750-millilter bottles and draft in February 2020.
Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Coffee. Chocolate. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, 750ml Bottles, Draft. Limited Release.
Debut: February 2020
Founders CBS will return to the brewery’s Barrel-Aged lineup again on November`1st. This is last time you’ll see it for some time.
One of the most demanded beers in Grand Rapids, Michigan based Founders Brewing’s lineup is CBS, aka Canadian Breakfast Stout.
The imperial stout is brewed with a blend of coffee and imported chocolates, then aged in spent bourbon barrels that have most recently been aging pure Michigan maple syrup. Folks go insane at the mere mention of this beer.
The first time the world saw bottles of this release was in October of 2011, as the second release in the brewery’s Backstage Series.
Since then, the Backstage Series has grown eventually morphing into the Barrel-Aged Series. Fans begged, but CBS was still missing from the lineup until December of last year. Since then, CBS has made just two more times, with the latest release missing the iconic Canadian Mountie rider. Why? The Royal Canadian Mounted Police filed a legal cease & desist over the depiction of the Mountie seen in the Beer Street Journal pic below. We know it’s not a titillating story, but it solves the mystery behind the horse with no rider on the last bottle.
CBS will return November 1st as the 5th release in the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series, in both 750-milliliter bottles and new 12-ounce bottles. According to Founders, this is the last time this beer will be released in the foreseeable future.
SweetWater 420 Strain Chocolope
Style: Stout (w/ Chocolate)
The Eighth State Rich A*F Imperial Stout debuts at the Greenville, South Carolina based brewery on June 2nd. A collaboration with Ancillary Fermentation.
We are releasing Rich A*F, our Imperial Stout collab brewed with Caviar, Cocoa Nibs, Cocoa Husks, and Madagascar Vanilla. Bottles will be sold in 4pks with a limit of one 4pk per person.
Incidentally, this is the first beer mention on Beer Street Journal that uses caviar in the brewing process.
German chocolate cake in a can? This is it. The Bruery Geburtstagskranz 2019 is now available.
It’s no secret that The Bruery loves big flavorful beers, and this oddly named release is no different. If our German is even close to correct, Geburtstagskranz means “birthday wreath”. The wreath is typically a decorated wooden circle where candles are lit instead of putting them on the birthday cake.
While that tradition is typically for kids, this beer is definitely for adults. The base beer is an imperial stout, aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla, cacao nibs, and tart cherries. The Bruery describes this release as “rich, with notes of sweet vanilla, chocolate, and tart juicy cherries”.
The Bruery Geburtstagskranz 2019 is available in 16oz cans ($12) and 4-packs ($42) each. Limited release.