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Posted in Don't Miss This, Wild Heaven Craft Beers

Wild Heaven Sunburst IPA is a juicy year-round addition

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Wild Heaven Sunburst IPA launches this, marking just the third year-round IPA the brewery has released in 12 years. 

More than a decade ago, Wild Heaven launched with just two beers – Ode to Mercy (Imperial Brown Ale with coffee) and Invocation (Belgian Golden Strong Ale). An IPA release by the brewery was years away from being brewed, even with strong consumer demand. According to co-founder Eric Johnson at the time, “we’ll make one when I think there is a recipe good enough.” 

Finally, in 2016, Wise Blood IPA hit the lineup year-round. A year later, and 100 test batches and water chemistry adjustments, their first imperial IPA – Good Vice hit taps. Wild Heaven initially intended it to be year-round, but the brewery’s passion for that recipe faded fast. Then came Altair IPA in 2018.  Each beer was a stop on a hoppy journey to now.

Wise Blood and Altair are now ghosts.

Here at the brewery, the canning line is busy filling cans of Sunburst IPA – a new and now only year-round IPA the brewery will have for the foreseeable future. It’s aptly named. Sunburst is every bit bright and juicy as it’s billed. A big flavor departure from the brewery’s IPA predecessors, it’s looking to be one of the premier southern IPAs.

That spawned a debate with Josh Franks, head brewer at Wild Heaven. Could Southern IPA be a thing? India pale ale is undoubtedly the style juggernaut of the craft beer world. Going back about 15 years ago you’d find popularity with the English IPA. Soon to be taken over by West Coast IPA. Then a steady sequence of hoppy variants- the Belgian IPA, the Black IPA (aka the Cascadian Dark Ale), the New England IPA, and lactose heavy milkshake IPA. Should The South have its own? 

Maybe they already do. 

It’s not an official style but perhaps it should be. Think of an IPA that’s hoppy and bright. Juicy like a hazy IPA but still fairly clear, still holding on to some West Coast IPA bitterness. A subtle hybrid of two dominant styles. Creature Comforts Tropicalia and Scofflaw Basement IPA would be great examples. A (highly theoretical) southern IPA would be bright and sunny. Just like the sun-soaked, pollen heavy, 3 weeks of cold weather region they were born into. 

Wild Heaven Sunburst IPA hits retailers this week year-round in 12-ounce cans and draft.  

Style: IPA 
Hops: Citra, Talus, Galaxy, Mosaic, Cascade, Chinook, Amarillo

Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. 
Debut: 3/24/22

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Posted in New Beers, Wild Heaven Craft Beers
Posted in New Releases, Second Self Brewing Company

Second Self Totally Twobular Beermosa Sour is coming 2/22 at 2:22pm

Second Self Totally Twobular

Second Self Totally Twobular, the brewery’s 7th Anniversary beer debuts on February 22nd. 

The Atlanta-based brewery created a Beermosa-style (juice and beer) sour India pale ale and added fresh peaches. The release is a collaboration with BottleShare, a non-profit organization supporting the craft beer industry. 

Second Self hosts their 7th Anniversary party on February 26th

Style: IPA (w/ Peaches)
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Limited Release. 

Debut: 2/22/22, at 2:22pm

6.22% ABV

Posted in New Releases, Orpheus Brewing

Orpheus Brewing The Inevitable End, a west coast IPA

Orpheus Brewing The Inevitable End-Can

Orpheus Brewing The Inevitable End, a new West Coast style IPA debuts in cans in April. 

The Atlanta, Georgia-based brewery has had test batches of this beer available in the taproom since Labor Day weekend, coinciding with their 7th anniversary. The final recipe has been determined – using Centennial, Amarillo, Simcoe, Columbus, and Bravo hops.

As evidenced by the taproom batches, this is the least hazy India pale ale Orpheus has released to date. 

Orpheus Brewing The Inevitable End on draft hits distribution in late February. 12-ounce cans arrive in April 2022. 

Style: IPA 
Hops: Centennial, Amarillo, Simcoe, Columbus, Bravo

Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. 
Debut (Cans): TBD

6.8% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Releases, Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada Celebration IPA returns in cans this month

It’s always nice to see a venerable beer like Sierra Nevada Celebration IPA still able to stir up some excitement. The brewery posted a picture of Celebration cans ready waiting to be filled, and fans re-professed their love for this seasonal beer all over again. Celebration IPA is an absolute seasonal classic, akin to Bell’s Two Hearted, or Russian River’s Pliny the Elder. Only, you can only get it as the year wind’s down. 

Later this month, Celebration Ale will hit shelves once again. 

Sierra Nevada has been brewing this fresh-hopped India pale ale since 1981, just one year after opening in 1980. While craft beer’s #1 selling style [IPA] has seen a lot of trends, Celebration Ale has remained steadfast in simply staying as-is. Perhaps that mix of quality and reliability is what makes it so popular – a fact proven by the overwhelming reactions from Celebration fans after the brewery posted the above photo this week. 

Celebration Ale follows Oktoberfest in the brewery’s seasonal series of releases. Expect 12-ounce cans to hit stores for the first time this month in 6, 12, and 24 packs. 

Style: IPA
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. 
First Release: 1981

Latest Return: October 2021

6.8% ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal

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Posted in Coming Soon, Creature Comforts

Creature Comforts Celestial Mind available Friday

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Creature Comforts Celestial Mind releases on Friday, September 10th. 

Mosaic, Citra, and Simcoe highlight this limited release India pale ale. The brewery’s “artist in residence” Noraa James designed the artwork. 

The hop lineup gives this brew a fruity and dank flavor and aroma with berry, citrus, and melon notes.

Creature Comforts Celestial Mind will be available in 16-ounce cans at the brewery when it opens on September 10th. 

Style: IPA
Hops: Mosaic, Citra, Simcoe

Availability: 16oz Cans. Limited Release. 
Debut: 9/10/21

6.5% ABV

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Posted in Creature Comforts, New Releases

Creature Comforts releases hazy session IPA, Mind Matter

Creature Comforts Mind Matter

Creature Comforts Mind Matter, a hazy session India pale ale debuts today. 

The beer is just 4.7% alcohol by volume, hopped with Strata, Azalea, and Idaho 7. According to Creature Comforts, the term “mind matter” is a term used by taproom staff member and label designer Gunnar Tarsa (@theboywhoseesyellow) as a to describe how he “conjures dreams and ideas into our world through the art of drawing.”

This mix of hops gives the beer tropical, citrus, and berry notes.

Creature Comforts Mind Matter is available in 16-ounce cans at the brewery in Athens, Georgia starting September 3rd. 

Style: Session IPA 
Hops: Strata, Azacca, Idaho 7

Availability: 16oz Cans
Debut: 9/3/21

4.7% ABV