Topic Archives: Honey

Posted in Don't Miss This, Stone Brewing Co.

Hops & Honey: Stone Citracado IPA

Stone Citracado IPA

Stone Citracado IPA has debuted here in August, 2016. The brewery celebrates 20 years of brewing this year.

The Escondido, California based brewery knows hops. Loves hops. Honestly, their India pale ale and various approaches have changed the beer scene in America. Perhaps with so many wins under Stone’s belt, it’s easy to get excited when another hoppy beer is afoot.

Stone Citracado IPA is brewed with the ever-so-hot Citra hops, plus a dose of avocado flower honey. Loosely, those are the same elements that make Bell’s Hopslam so popular (hoppy, with a touch of finishing sweetness).  Ed note. Before your blood boils for saying that beer geeks, not everyone is an expert on beer like you. Some folks need a little correlation or perspective.

For 20 years our passion for brewing and our obsession with hops has challenged traditional styles and expectations for beer. So Its only fitting we commemorate this momentous occasion by crafting a liquid ode to bold brewing that satisfies your hop thirst and pays homage to our flagship San Diego brewery, located on Citracado Parkway (which itself pays homage to the citrus and avocado agricultural history of the region).
“Citracado” also teases the two key Ingredients of this been “Citra” refers both to the juicy gem of a hop and its citrusy (and tropical) aromas and flavors. “Cado” inspired us to utilize wonderful, native avocado flower honey. Combine the two and the result pours like silk and abounds with enough hops to match our excitement for reaching this 20-year milestone. We thank you sincerely for the years of support and pledge that we will, as always, strive to live up to the reasons for your loyalty!

Taste: Stone has created another winner in the hop spectrum. Citra really takes the stage (and shines) in this release. Thank to an addition of Avocado flower honey, you won’t have a lot of bitterness to deal with. 22 ounces doesn’t last long.

Stone Citracado IPA is a 22 ounce bottle and draft offering. Drink fresh, drink now.

Style: Imperial IPA (w/ Avocado Flower Honey)
Hops: Citra

Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft
Debut: Mid-August, 2016

9% ABV

Posted in Seasonal Return, Wicked Weed Brewing Co

Wicked Weed Brettaberry returns with hot new artwork

Wicked Weed Brettaberry is returning to shelves once again. This year it is sporting some sexy new artwork.

A ton of fruit (literally and figuratively) goes into making Wicked Weed Brettaberry. The Brettanomyces heavy beer has around one half pound per gallon of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and honey, taking fruit to the next level.

A half pound per gallon of strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries are packed into this effervescent Brettanomyces ale. These berries combine with honey to create the bursting fruit flavor of a freshly baked berry pie. Blended with a light portion of our golden sour and aged in French oak foeders, Brettaberry then bottle conditions until ripe for the picking.

Wicked Weed Brettaberry is a 500 milliliter bottle offering, seasonally.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Blackberries, Blueberries, Strawberries, HoneyOak Aged.)
Availability: 500ml Bottles
Latest Return: August, 2016

5.5% ABV

Wicked Weed Brettaberry bottle

Last year bottle artwork. Pic: Beer Street Journal

Posted in New Beers, Rogue Brewing
Posted in Seasonal Return, The Unknown Brewing Co.

Unknown Hospitali-tea, a tea laden amber ale returns

Unknown Hospitali-Tea

Unknown Hospitali-tea has return once again to the brewery’s lineup.

It’s the south, and sweet tea is king. The Charlotte, North Carolina based brewery created a caramel malt heavy amber ale, and added black tea leaves and orange blossom honey. The hops mimic lemons. The result? A boozy sweet tea style beer

Made with black tea leaves and sweet orange blossom honey, this beer is on the lighter side with great caramel malts. The finish of sweet tea and hops provide a new floral lemon aroma. Plain and simple, Hospitali-tea is refreshing.

Unknown Hospitali-tea is a 12 once can and draft offering for the summer.

Style: Amber Ale (w/ Black Tea, Honey)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.

Return: June, 2016

?? ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Jester King Brewery

Jester King Fantome Del Rey (Texas Edition) release day

Jester King Fantome Del Rey

Jester King Fantome Del Rey, the Texas edition and follow up to the 2014 Fantome collaboration releases today.

The Texas edition of Jester King Fantome Del Rey is a blend of old and young barrel aged beer. (AKA Bière de Courage.) The older piece of this blend is the 2014 edition from 2014, brewed with barley, dark candi syrup, coriander, and black peppercorns. That beer was fermented in stainless steel with truffle honey before headed to oak barrels.

Sadly, thanks to restrictive beer laws in Jester’s home state, the beer couldn’t be released there.

In 2015, Jester King brewed the young edition of the collaboration, and blended it with the old.

Jester King Fantome Del Rey (Texas Edition) will be available by the glass, and to-go in 750 milliliter bottles when the tap room opens on May 6th, 2016.

Style: Farmhouse Ale (w/ Peppercorns, Candi Sugar, Coriander, Honey. Barrel Aged.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft.  9,000 bottles.
Release: 5/6/16

8.8% ABV, 19 IBUs

Posted in Don't Miss This, Jester King Brewery, New Releases

Jester King Cloudfeeder, a collaboration with Tired Hands

Jester King Cloudfeeder

Jester King Cloudfeeder, a new collaboration with Tired Hands Brewing will be available April 29th.

The farmhouse ale is brewed with Texas grapefruit and limes, plus Pennsylvania honey,  and dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin and Simcoe hops.

The approach to this recipe was to create a lower alcohol by volume beer, fermented with a mix of brewer’s yeast and wild/sour mixed culture, and tastes like an India pale ale. Simply put, right now the beer is more bitter than sour. Time will change this beer as the little microorganisms see fit.

As we’ve pointed out before, farmhouse ales were historically either very bitter or sour. On occasion, as we did with Cloudfeeder, we used a combination of hops, fairly high fermentation temperature (78F), and the absence of long-term aging, to create a beer that’s bitter and not particularly sour/tart — at least not yet.

Even the label is a collaboration, created by Jester King’s Josh Cockrell in collaboration with Jean Broillet IV of Tired Hands.

Jester King Cloudfeeder will be available on tap at the Austin, Texas brewery starting April 29th, and around the upcoming Craft Brewer’s Conference in Philadelphia. Bottles will be available shortly after.

Style: Farmhouse/Wild Ale (w/ Limes, Honey, Grapefruit)
Availability: Draft, Bottles
Release: 4/29/16

3.8% ABV, 51 IBUs

Posted in Ballast Point Brewing, New Beers