This collaboration is a big one, perfect for a winter release. The two breweries created an imperial stout, aged in both whiskey barrels and brandy barrels, with figs and dates. After blending into the finishing tanks, Bamburana was then aged again on Amburana wood spirals. Amburna is a tropical tree native to Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Peru.
“We were pleasantly surprised with the vanilla and gingerbread spice nuances this South American wood contributed into the finished beer and look forward to putting this delicious beer in front of folks,” said Wayne Wambles of Cigar City Brewing
Oskar Blues Cigar City Bamburana is a national release in 12-ounce cans and draft starting in mid-January, 2019.
Debut: Mid-January 2019
Shipping nationally this month is new The Bruery The Order, a Belgian-style ale.
Taking a page from monastic breweries, The Bruery The Order is a Belgian-style abbey ale, brewed with dates and coriander spicing.
Monastic breweries wrote the book on complex ales that weave notes of dark fruits, spices, caramelized character and warmth into each sip. The Order summons that tradition and adds local inspiration. Our darkening, Belgian-inspired abbey ale features dark-fruited character from dates, Belgian-style sugars and subtle spicing from coriander, which compliments the Belgian yeast esters.
The Bruery The Order releases to the brewery’s Society members this week, publicly on January 17th.
Distribution: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NJ, NV, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, RI, TX, VT, VA, WA, WI
Wicked Weed Oblivion bottles head back to shelves this month.
Oblivion is a sour red, aged with blackberries and dates in red wine barrels for 12 months.
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5 Rabbit Cerveceria (Chicago, IL) recently released Ponche! in time for the holiday season. The beer is based on a warm, tropical fruit punch common in Mexico and Latin American countries.
5 Rabbit Ponche! is a barleywine brewed with guava, dates, apples, and muscat grapes.
5 Rabbit Ponche! is available in 750ml bottles and draft in the tap room.
Style: Barleywine (w/ Guava, Dates, Apples, Grapes)
Availability: 750ml bottles, Draft. Seasonal release.
Just a bit more on the upcoming Alesmith/ Cigar City Brewing collaboration, Dubbel Dare. The brewery travelled down to Tampa recently to create a tropical collaboration.
The result is this 80’s throwback, Dubbel Dare suitable for a physical challenge. When you think about Florida, you think beaches right? Coconuts, palm trees, etc? There’s the inspiration for a tropical Belgian-style dubbel. Coconut palm sugar was used in place of candi sugar. Deglet Noor dates and Black Mission figs were added to the fermentation. An abbey yeast strain rounds out the flavor. Now you have a “dubbel coast” collaboration.
Cigar City will bottle this in 750ml bottles for Florida distribution.
Style: Dubbel (w/ Coconut Palm Sugar, Deglet Noor Dates, Black Mission Figs)
Availability: 25.4oz Bottles
Deschutes Brewery celebrates 25 years this year. A big milestone for sure. Coming late June is Black Butte XXV. This 25th Birthday Reserveis brewed with dates, figs, black currants, and cocoa nibs. Partially aged in bourbon barrels. Best time to drink will be a year from now. (Totally serious.)
Using select cocoa nibs and locally roasted coffee, Deschutes partnered with equally passionate local artisans to craft this potent, colossal homage to Black Butte Porter. A final aging in aromatic whiskey barrels infuses a truly handcrafted depth and the complexity of fine wine.
Hangar 24 (Redlands, CA) adds to their Local Fields Series this month with Palmero. This edition has a base beer of a Belgian-style dubbed, with dates added from the Coachella Valley of California. (Hence, Local Fields.) 95% of all the dates in the U.S. come from this area.
Fruity esters from the Belgian yeast strain combine with a delicate date sweetness. This beer is full of flavors of caramel, raisin, rum and spice.
7% ABV, 20 IBUs