Hi-Wire King Cake 10W-40, a Mardi Gras-themed imperial stout returns as February winds down.
2022 seems to be flying by already. It’s Mardi Gras, Lent starts on Wednesday, and you can almost see summer from here. While Hi-Wire Brewing’s 10W-40 Imperial Stout evolves constantly throughout the year, a few favorites to make seasonal appearances – namely the King Cake 10W-40 Imperial Stout.
Stating the obvious, the imperial stout mimics the famous New Orleans King Cake – basically, a coffee cake blended with a cinnamon roll, covered in Mardi Gras colors. The stout is specifically brewed with lactose, vanilla beans, cinnamon, coffee, and chocolate.
Hi-Wire King Cake 10W-40 Imperial Stout is available for a limited time in 16-ounce cans and draft.
Latest Return: Late February 2022
Hi-Wire Gingerbread 10W-40 drops today, the latest in a creative line of imperial stouts from the Asheville, North Carolina brewery.
Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Ginger. Cinnamon. Vanilla. Lactose.)
Availability: 16oz Cans.
Creature Comforts Koko Buni, the brewery’s coveted milk porter, returns to cans again in November 2021.
One of the first seasonals by the Athens, Georgia based brewery, Creature Comforts Koko Buni is a milk porter, aged on toasted coconut and cocoa nibs Condor Chocolates and coffee from nearby 1000 Faces. This late fall season has been overwhelmingly popular since its debut a few years ago. We’ve seen fistfights over Koko cans at retailers.
In 2018, production expanded after the brewery brought their new production facility online, so finally there was a little more “Buni” to go around.
“We decided not to be traditional with the beer and add some ingredients that play well with the already roasty and chocolatey flavors of darker beers.” -Co-Founder and Head Brewer David Stein.
Coffee lovers will find a home here. Koko Buni starts heavy on the 1000 Faces coffee, and turns chocolatey mid-sip, finishing with a wisp of coconut. The beer is wonderfully creamy and decadent, stopping short of being sweet or heavy.
Creature Comforts Koko Buni is a seasonal draft and 12-ounce can offering, available at the brewery and across the brewery’s distribution footprint again in November 2021.
Koko means coconut in Papiamento, a common language in parts of the Carribean, while Buni means coffee in Swahili, a common language in southeastern Africa.
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Orpheus Brewing Do or Die Oatmeal Cream Stout debuts at the Atlanta-based brewery this week.
Coming down from the brewery’s “Year 7” anniversary that featured nearly a dozen imperial stouts, is an Orpheus beer a little smoother and far less boozy. The brewing team was inspired by a simple English milk stout, heavy on oats, chocolate, and wheat malts. “We love making stouts and wanted to brew one you can have pints of, instead of tasters,” per the brewery.
The oatmeal cream stout (thanks to a dosing of lactose milk sugar) has chocolate and coffee aromas and finishes with hints of caramel and toffee.
Orpheus Brewing Do or Die Oatmeal Cream Stout is available starting this week in 12-ounce cans and draft year-round, everywhere the brewery distributes.
Style: Oatmeal Stout (w/ Lactose)
Malts: 2-Row Malt, Simpsons Golden Naked Oats, Crisp Pale Chocolate Malt, Simpsons Crystal Extra Dark, Crisp Crystal Extra Dark 120, Simpsons Black Malt, Crisp Torrified Wheat, Flaked Oats
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round
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Left Hand Mole Milk Stout
Creature Comforts Galactic Space Circus has returned tot he brewery’s lineup to kick of June.
This India pale ale is brewed with the ever so high demand Galaxy hop – one the stars of their year-round Tropicalia – plus lactose milk sugar. This spacey IPA was first released back in 2017.
The flavor is bold with pineapple, mango, a touch of floral notes, and an orange Fanta finish.
Creature Comforts Galactic Space Circus is available 16-ounce cans at both the brewery and limited distribution in early June 2021.
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Limited Distribution.
Latest Release: June 2021
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Forget lighter beers as spring rolls around. Mother Earth Coconut Cake Imperial Stout is bucking the trend. In this case, warmer weather means barrel-aged.
Mother Earth’s 4Seasons Series arrives quarterly release that represents some of the best and unique creations in their brewing lineup. This imperial stout is brewed with toasted coconut, chocolate, vanilla, and lactose, and as a final flourish – aged in bourbon barrels.
“… What you’re getting here is a very complex ale with oak, caramelized sugar, and coconut dominating the palate, with a silky mouthfeel and dessert-like finish…” – Chris Baker, Director of Brewing Operations
Mother Earth Coconut Cake Imperial Stout is available for a limited time in 16-ounce cans.