Wild Leap Coco Flamingo, a collaboration with Birmingham, Alabama’s Trim Tab Brewing, debuts in late June.
This is the first time these two breweries have collaborated. The base beer is a hazy double India Pale Ale, brewed with toasted coconut, tangerine, and lime.
Wild Leap Coco Flamingo will be available in Georgia by the end of June, Alabama, and Tennessee by the first week of July.
Firestone Walker Violet Underground, a cross-Atlantic ocean collaboration, debuts this week. Part of the brewery’s Barrelworks Program.
Jim Crooks, Firestone’s medal-winning master blender is good friends with Brett Ellis, co-founder, and brewer at England’s Wild Beer Company.
Dissecting this beer yeast first – Ellis sent Crooks some Wild Beer’s native yeast. Crooks then fermented two base beers. One with Barrelworks yeast and California golden raspberries, and the other with Wild Beer’s English funk. Both bases were aged in French oak between 6 months and a year. French candied violet petals were added to a handful of barrels. The result? Something Crooks calls a “head trip”.
“Violet Underground is an intentional head trip. It’s golden in color yet smells like raspberries, offering a bunch of unexpected sensory notes that all come together in the glass.”
The beer name is presumably a play on the 60’s rock band Velvet Underground, that once had Lou Reed.
Firestone Walker Violet Underground is the second packaged release in 2019, available in 375-ml bottles and draft
Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Golden Raspberries. Violet Petals. French Oak Aged.)
Availability: 375ml Bottles. Draft. Limited Release.
Debut: Early June 2019
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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.
Pontoon Beer Chugs in Harmony will be available at the brewery on Friday – a collaboration with Digi-Dude Nate from Atlanta’s Rock 100.5 FM.
This imperial milkshake IPA is brewed with blueberries, maple syrup from Ohio, and Madagascar vanilla beans.
This Friday, the brewery will host a “water” pong (beer pong) competition with Digi-Dude Nate starting at 6 pm. (Tickets).
Beer sales start at 3 pm.
8.1% ABV, 10 IBUs
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In 2015, Sierra Nevada released an Oktoberfest ahead of the fall season. Instead of simply brewing the beer in the German tradition (releasing it for their on-site fest parties), Sierra Nevada took it a step further. They began collaborating with some of the best German breweries in the world.
The first edition was quite a masterpiece- combining Sierra Nevada’s hardcore brewing quality with Brauhaus Riegele’s 600+ years of brewing experience. A different kind of festbier and you could certainly taste it.
For the 2019 release, Sierra Nevada has selected Bitburger Brewery. Based in Bitburg, Germany, Bitburger lays claim to one of the top breweries in sales volume in their home country. Founded in 1817 by Johann Wallenborn, the brewery’s pilsner sells over 1 million U.S. barrels annually.
This year’s Oktoberfest edition is brewed with Bitburger’s Siegelhopfen (meaning “sealed hops”)—a classified hop blend that has never been shared outside the German brewery walls, according to Sierra Nevada. Additionally, Bitburger offered their signature house yeast, also never shared outside of their own brewing operations.
“We are thrilled to be brewing together with our friends from the iconic Sierra Nevada Brewery. Not only are we united by our passion for exceptional beer and truly unique hop flavors, we also share a long history of transatlantic exchange, leading to this exciting collaboration.” – Jan Niewodniczanski, Managing Director of Bitburger
Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest 2019 will be available just once in 12-ounce bottles and draft starting in late July 2019.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. One-Time Release.
Debut: Late July 2019
Harpoon Dunk Summer Coffee Pale Ale debuts this month, the second collaboration with Dunkin’ Donuts.
In fall of 2018, the duo debuted Harpoon Dunkin’ Coffee Porter. According to the brewery, the beer was a big success among both Harpoon and Dunkin’ fans. As the weather gets warmer, pale ales become even more popular. The coffee summer pale ale is born.
“We ended last year’s baseball season with the intro of Harpoon Dunkin’ Coffee Porter, and we’re excited to begin this season with the release of our Summer Coffee Pale Ale. Most importantly, it’s a delicious beer – hoppy and vibrant with a nice coffee character. We’re thrilled to partner with an icon like Dunkin’ again.” – Dan Kenary, Co-Founder & CEO
Harpoon Dunkin’ Summer Coffee Pale Ale is available starting this month, in 12-ounce cans and draft.
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