Wild Heaven Beer and Bulliet Bourbon release 5 Points Doppelbock, the fifth installment of their ongoing barrel-aged series.
Recapping the project, Bulliet Bourbon was always stingy with their barrels in the past. As Tom Bulleit told Beer Street Journal during an Atlanta launch event more than a decade ago, all the distillery’s barrels were sent to Scotland for whisky aging. At the time he seemed almost confused at the notion that America’s breweries would want empty bourbon barrels. That would all change in 2020.
Bulliet did a little quiet research, looking for breweries with not just a robust barrel program, but breweries that really cared about barrel aging. Georgia-based Wild Heaven stood out to the Bulliet team and ultimately the Beer and Bourbon Series was born.
The idea behind this project is simple. Wild Heaven creates a beer and Bulliet overnights freshly emptied (wet) barrels from the distillery 437 Miles South to Avondale Estates, Georgia. Fill the barrels, and wait for the magic to happen. During one of the worst years in human existence, 2020, 95 Shilling Scotch ale kicked off the series. The alcohol by volume in that beer could never have been high enough for us considering the times.
As fall descends upon Atlanta, the latest emergence is 5 Points – a German-style Dopplebock, aged in Bulleit Rye barrels. Let’s get straight to the point, this beer- much like this series- just keeps getting better and better. A Doppelbock may be a rarer style in the craft brewing world, but Wild Heaven’s head brewer Josh Franks has created a perfect reminder of how damn good they are. “I think it really turned out quite well,” Franks tells us. You’ll never hear the guy brag, but the smile on his face after a few sips of 5 Points tells us everything.
The fresh barrels from Bulleit really make all the difference world here. Vanilla flavors from the rye bourbon-soaked oak in 5 Points are fresh and bold, almost to the point of decadence. The creamy toffee and raisin flavors notes the dopplebock round out this cool weather sipper. More proof that this duo knows what they are doing.
Wild Heaven 5 Points Dopplebock debuts this week in 16-ounce cans and draft. Wild Heaven and Bulleit are already working on their next project.
Debut: October 2022
Atlanta, Georgia’s Round Trip Brewing is releasing First Orbit, the brewery’s 1st Anniversary release.
The beer is a fusion of ingredients and techniques of a German-style Doppelbock and Belgian-style Quadruple. Took part of the mash and boiled it with dark candy sugar (called decoction mash) and returned it back to the main mash.
The beer was then fermented at cold temperatures and lagered for six weeks using Round Trip’s house lager yeast and Magnum and Tettnang hops.
After lagering for six weeks, the out-of-this-world fusion is a bold, malt-forward interstellar beer that is one giant leap for mankind.
The brewery celebrates its first anniversary on Saturday, March 12th. (Click for event details)
Round Trip First Orbit will be available in 12-ounce cans in 2-packs, in a unique stacked box.
Style: Strong Ale
Hops: Magnum, Tettnang
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Limited Release.
Heavy Seas Partner Ships Hoppelbock is brewed with Hershey, Pennsylvania’s Troegs Independent Brewing. This aggressively hopped doppelbock earned it’s new name, Hoppelbock. Between beers like Troegs Nugget Nectar, and Heavy Seas Loose Cannon, the extra hops make perfect sense.
We’ve added copious amounts of spicy, floral German hops to a ready, rich malt base to create this expression of regional collaborative ingenuity. Employing a generous dose of locally malted barley and massive dry-hopping, this lager can only be categorized as a “Hoppelbock”.
Heavy Seas Partner Ships Hoppelbock is now a 22 ounce bottle, and draft release.
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: May, 2016
Sudwerk Bourbonator will return on Friday, December 11th, 2015. The brewery says, in a world of winter warmers, Bourbonator breaks the mold.
Sudwerks Bourbonator is the brewery’s Doppel Bock Ultimator, aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels instead of going to the lagering tank after brewing.
It’s a beer for sharing, and is a great gift for a craft beer lover or party host, said Ryan Fry, co-owner of Sudwerk Brewing Co. Unlike the limited shelf life of most beers, Bourbonator will age well. It weighs in at 9 percent ABV and 40 IBU. “This brew definitely fits with the new brewery mission of redefining the American Lager. Like everything we do, it’s balanced, especially for as big of a beer as it is.”
Sudwerk Bourbonator will be available in limited 22oz bombers as the final Brewers Cut Series release.
Flat 12 Deflator Dopplebock, a limited release can brewed in honor of Deflategate, releases October 18th.
Flat 12 is based in Indianapolis, Indiana. That’s Colts territory, a rival of the New England Patriots. (One of the most famous in the NFL.) The Patriots will play the Colts on release day, October 18th.
4 packs of Flat 12 Deflator Dopplebock will be available in the taproom on gameday, as well as draft. The brewery is also planning a massive tailgate party from 2-8 pm that day.
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Limited.
6.5% ABV, 25 IBUs
Troegs Troegenator looks to be getting a sexy artwork overhaul. The year round offering should see new art for both 16 ounce cans and 12 ounce bottles.
Monks and Fasting figured out. No food? No problem. Just drink a Double Bock. Thick and chewy with intense notes of caramel, chocolate and dried stone fruit, ‘Nator (as we call him) serves as a tribute to this liquid bread style.
Troegs Troegenator is already a part of the brewery’s year round lineup. The brewery has not yet announced this artwork change.