Nebraska Brewing Company (Papillion, NE) is adding to beers to their Inception Series this month. Ironically, there was only meant to be one beer. However the barrels they were aging in didn’t think the same way. The base beer is a saison, brewed with rose hips, hibiscus, and cherry juice, then aged in a chardonnay barrel. The brewery tells us this one got a little funky. Poking fun at the perception that Nebraska is still like the wild west, they dubbed these two Cowboys & Indians.
The first Lips of Faith releases in 2013 are now arriving. Heavenly Feijoa Tripel, a collaboration with Montreal’s Dieu du Ciel! is ready to kick off your new year. Heavenly is brewed with Coffee cherries, dates, feijoa and hibiscus.
Heavenly Feijoa Tripel combines Dieu du Ciel!’s love of hibiscus flowers with New Belgium’s passion for strange and worldly fruit. Feijoa, also known as pineapple guava, has a sweet, aromatic flavor, which makes the aroma of Heavenly Feijoa Tripel luscious and tropical. The beer has Belgian yeast and Nelson Sauvin hops, combining to make a sweet fruit taste, mild spicy tones and a sharp bite. Hibiscus adds a cranberry tartness and an ambrosial quality to the color.
In the words of Jim Koch himself, “America’s passion for homebrewing and craft beer is at an all time high, making this year’s competition more competitive than ever. This year, even the President of The United States is homebrewing at the White House. As a homebrewer for more than 25 years, I know it’s a great hobby – but it can also be a launching pad into a career or a start-up a business.” Sam Adams is proud to announce this year’s winners of their LongShot Series with the hopes of launching these home brew hopefuls into the next phase of their beer careers.
One of this year’s winners, James Schrimer, is one of said hopefuls. His beer, the Beerflower Wheat, is described as “an ideal balance of smooth, sweet malt flavors with an exotic kick of citrus and herbal notes. Brewed with hot summer weather and fun gatherings in mind, this American wheat beer pours a dark amber color, and imparts a light floral and sweet aroma with the delicate flavors of hibiscus. Beerflower Wheat is a medium bodied brew that finishes crisp and refreshing on the palate.”
Look for this along with the other LongShot Series winners in an upcoming sampler pack released from Sam Adams.
Style: Wheat Beer
Availability: 12 oz bottles
I spoke with New Belgium brewmaster Peter Bouckaert back in October, and he revealed a new collaboration with Dieu du Ciel in Montreal, Canada. The two breweries are creating a new Lips Of Faith beer featuring feijoa and hibiscus.
OH MY GOD. It’s not only a reaction for drinking one of Dieu De Ciel’s beers, but a figurative translation of the Montreal Brewery’s name. Just ask our brewmaster, he’s in heaven when drinking this collaborative triple, inspired by Dieu de Ciel’s love of hibiscus and Belgians love of the obscure, hence our addition of tart feijoa fruit. Cheers!
Stillwater Artisanal Ales just announced the Sensory Series, a new collaboration series with between Stillwater and musical artists. The first release is based on “In the End is the Beginning” By Lower Dens. Founder/Brewmaster Brian Strumke has brewed an interpretation of the song in beer form.
What is edition #1? Brian Strumke describes it as this “White but not bright” is how I described the song and that is what I have set out to create with beer itself. Light in body and color intermingled with aspects of dark fruits and a floral earthy spiciness, gently accented with a hint of smoke”
Each bottle will have a QR code linking to an exclusive performance of the song to listen to while you drink the beer.