The next time Harold and Kumar go to White Castle, they might be able to snag a pint of White Castle Beer as well. The famous burger chain is teaming up with Weyerbacher Brewing on the new burger paired beer.
According to Weyerbacher, early pilot batches were a Kolsch, leading us to believe the launch beer will resemble the same style.
The yet-to-be-named beer is slated to be on tap at White Castle’s nearly 400 restaurants in 13-states, as well as in package at grocery stores where White Castle frozen products are sold. Additionally, states that have frozen White Castle at retail will sell the beer, bringing full distribution area to exceed the 13 states where their restaurants are found.
A spokesperson for White Castle said a timeline for the White Castle beer release has not been set. Distribution of the burger beer will be handled by Weyerbacher Brewing’s distributors.
A few other major restaurant chains have gone into the branded beer business. Last fall, IHOP brewed a very limited release beer with Keegan Ales, brewed with their famed pancake batter. I
In December, Taco Bell announced that Big City Bell, a pilsner brewed with Anheuser-Busch’s Blue Point Brewing, would be available at their New York City’s new Cantina locations.
Most recently, Hershey’s Chocolate partnered with America’s oldest brewery, Yuengling, to create Yuengling Hershey’s Chocolate Porter hitting select taps in October.
More to follow…
From April Fool’s joke to real release, MadTree Dreamsicle is debuting in cans.
MadTree Dreamsicle has been a tap room offering for years. A light kolsch is infused with orange and vanilla flavors, creating an orange “creamsicle” flavor. Incidentally, Dreamsicle is a taproom best seller.
In 2016 the brewery released a rendering of the can as an April Fool’s joke. The artwork featured an octopus holding an ice cream cone in its tentacle. As MadTree puts it – “the fans went nuts”. When the rendering was revealed as a joke, fans weren’t laughing.
We thought it would be a funny April Fool’s Day prank to act like we were going to can it, so I came up with what I thought was a ridiculous octopus eating an ice cream cone design. The response was a bit overwhelming, to say the least, so we decided to roll with the now famous octopus. – Nicki Logsdon, MadTree graphic designer.
After hundreds of social media messages, phone calls, and even an online petition, the brewery knew Dreamsicle had to be canned. That day has come.
MadTree Dreamsicle debuts in the Cincinnati, Ohio taproom on August 31st. Limited distribution to follow.
Image: MadTree Brewing
Left Hand Travelin’ Light Kolsch debuts this month, part of the brewery’s year-round can lineup.
Designed with warmer weather in mind (or for us, repeated day drinking), Travelin’ Light features Willamette and Mt. Hood hops, and is touted as crisp and refreshing.
Look for 12 ounce cans of Left Hand Travelin’ Light to start hitting shelves across the brewery’s entire distribution network starting this month.
Hops: Willamette, Mt. Hood
Malts: 2-Row, Vienna, Acidulated
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: March, 2017
4.8% ABV, 22 IBUs
Image: Left Hand Brewing
Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale debuts today, marking the brewery’s third canned beer.
This tart ale is actually three different styles of beer that come together in one union. SeaQuench starts as a traditional kolsch, a salt-forward gose that is brewed with black limes and sea salt, and a Berliner Weisse brewed with lime juice and peel. The three beers were blended together during fermentation, resulting in a mixed, session sour ale.
Three styles blissfully brewed in sequence for a citrusy-tart union, our hybrid sour quencher is brewed with lime peel, black limes, and sea salt.
Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale is brewed in collaboration with the National Aquarium. Dogfish Head has already started various conservation efforts to help preserve local Chesapeake Bay.
As of January 30th, Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale will be available in 12 ounce cans and draft at the brewery. Distribution to follow soon.
4.9% ABV, 10 IBUs
Image: Dogfish Head
Debuting this week in Kansas City, Missouri is a new year-round beer, Boulevard American Kolsch.
Avid fans of the brewery have seen this beer once before, part of the Tasting Room Series a short while ago. Boulevards states folks became obsessed with it, wanting it to be brewed again.
Boulevard American Kolsch is inspired by the traditional German style, brewed with European pilsner malt, pale malt and a touch of malted wheat. The hop bill includes Saphir and Saaz hops.
Pouring golden in color, the aroma is of bready malt punctuated by a slightly minty hop character. With a light to medium mouthfeel, American Kolsch delivers a honey-like malt sweetness that gives way to a crisp, clean finish with a touch of lingering herbal/citrusy hop flavor.
Boulevard American Kolsch debuts on draft on January 30th, and in 12 ounce cans the following day.
Hops: Saphir, Saaz
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-round
4.6% ABV, 18 IBUs
Burial Beer Billows Kolsch is the next canned offering by the Asheville, North Carolina based brewery.
Creation of this German style features the stylistically important pilsner malt, plus flaked wheat. A finishing flourish by Burial -Mandarina Bavaria and Centennial dry-hop.
Burial Beer Billows Kolsch will be available in 12 ounce cans at the brewery starting Friday, January 6th. For you glassware addicts out there, Burial has created special Billows Kolsch glasses as well.
Hops: Mandarina Bavaria, Centennial
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Distribution: Week of January 8th
Columbia, South Carolina’s River Rat Brewery will debut cans in September. Among the first releases will be American Kolsch Story, already available in bottles.
Above, the brewery teased a little bit of the can artwork. (It’s not much. Yet.) The re-branded bottle art can be seen below.
This ColaTown Kölsch-Style Ale is great on a hot summer day. Get up, go mow the lawn, and then relax with a River Rat Kölsch-Style Ale.
The first can releases will be 12 ounce package size.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft (Current)
Debut (Cans): September, 2016
More to follow… Image: River Rat Brewery