Philipsburg Brewing Vorfreude debuts in September, an all-new release by the Montana based brewery.
Finally, lagers are hot again in the craft brewing industry. Coming to Philipsburg Brewing’s lineup in September is a new Vienna Lager – Vorfreude. The German word for which the beer gets its name doesn’t have an English counterpart. Best we can figure out, it means “joyful anticipation”.
Vorfreude is built on Vienna and Munich malts from Proximity Malts. Philipsburg uses whole flower hops in all their beer releases. For this lager, the brewing team chose Nugget for bittering, and Tettnager for aroma.
Interestingly, Philipsburg uses Ball Alumi-tek reclosable aluminum pints for all their year-round releases. Sun King in Indiana uses similar packaging for their specialty/barrel-aged releases. Few if any other craft breweries are actively using this format year-round.
Philipsburg Vorfreude will be available in 16-ounce Alumi-tek bottles and draft starting in mid-September through March 2020.
Style: Vienna Lager
Hops: Tettnanger, Nugget (Whole Flower)
Malts: Vienna, Munich
Yeast: Bavarian Lager
Availability: 16oz Aluminum Bottles, Draft. Sept-March
Debut: September 2019
Revolution Brewing La Gargola, a collaboration with Illinois based rock band Chevelle, debuts on August 1st.
The band is playing Lollapalooza on debut weekend in Chicago, and ahead of the hometown swing of the tour, Chevelle brewed a Helles lager with folks at Revolution Brewing.
This classic beer, inspired by the German Purity Law of 1516 (aka the Reinheitsgebot), doesn’t rely on weird adjuncts to drive the flavor. Only the 4 ingredients that beer is really about – hops, malt, yeast, and water.
“One thing that stuck out to me in talking with Pete and the guys was the comparison between making beer and making music.Finding out what works and what doesn’t is almost equally important, just like writing music.” –Pub Brewer John “Jumpy” Palos
Revolution Brewing La Gargola will hit taps at the brewpub starting August 1st, corresponding with Lollapalooza weekend in Chicago.
Style: Helles Lager
Availability: Draft only, Revolution Brewpub
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Port City Helles Lager has been a draft-only offering in the past – part of the Alexandria, Virginia’s Lager Series.
Despite all you read about “hype” and “gimmicky” beers, well-made lagers are growing in demand amongst craft beer drinkers. Port City obviously knows this and has added their Helles Lager of their “Occasional” lineup, available on draft and in 12-ounce bottles for a brief amount of time.
Helles means “bright” in German.
Our Helles pours a brilliant blond color, showcasing a clean Pilsner and Munich malt sweetness and supported by a subtle Hersbrucker hop character. We are happy to raise a glass of our Helles, and Prost to the everyday drinking beer of Bavaria!
Port City Helles Lager is available in 12-ounce bottles and draft for a limited time starting Friday, June 21st.
Style: Helles Lager
Malts: Pilsner, Munich
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Limited Release.
Summer is creeping closer and with it, hot weather and cookouts. Don’t enjoy either without Burial Beer Innertube, the brewery’s “All-American” lager.
Inspired by the light lagers of old, Burial Innertube is craft beer’s version of the classic American lager. Believe us when we say, this is a perfect summer slammer. Pairs beautifully with a hotdog hot off the grill, a soak in the pool, sitting on the dock at the lake – pretty much anything.
Brewed with North American barley, corn and rice and lagered carefully, this lager is meant to enjoy all summer long.
Since its initial release, Innertube has added the 16-ounce can format as well. 4 more ounces of summer. Available starting May 19th.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Latest Return: Mid May 2019
3.5% ABV, 11 IBUs
PIC: Beer Street Journal
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin touched down on the Moon’s Sea of Tranquility. In honor of this achievement, St. Louis, Missouri based Schlafly Brewing is debuting a “spacy” new Lunar Lager 12-pack.
The box set contains 4 different lagers – Lift-Off Lager, Apollo’s Orbit Black Lager, Moon Walk Dunkel, and The Eagle Has Landed American Lager. Lager-style beer was very popular in the 1960’s (thanks to AB, Miller, and Pabst) making the style choice for this commemoration very appropriate.
In the spirit of the ’60s, Schlafly designed the Lunar Lager lineup to reflect the time. The bottle fonts come from popular record albums, including the sans serif font from sci-fi and newspapers. The colors come from 1969 For and General Motors paint chips.
Apollo 11 is one of the most exciting feats for humankind, in our nation and beyond, and its impact clearly lives on to 2019. We thought that the 50th anniversary of such a cultural phenomenon deserved a special beer to celebrate so we are releasing four.” – Stephen Hale, Founding Brewer
Four styles make up the Lunar Lager beers:
Lift-Off Lager – Unfiltered German Lager, 5.5% ABV 20 IBUs
Apollo’s Orbit Black Lager – 5% ABV, 25 IBUs
Moon Walk Dunkel – Dark, malty German-style lager. 4.5% ABV, 20 IBUs
The Eagle Has Landed American Lager – Golden, refreshing American lager. 5% ABV, 25 IBUs
The Schlafly Lunar Lager Variety Pack will be available starting in late-April everywhere the brewery is sold. ERP $13.99.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: Late April 2019
4.5%- 5.5% ABV
Pabst Blue Ribbon made headlines earlier this year with news of PBR whiskey headed to shelves this summer. While you wait for the whiskey, Pabst fans can sip on a boozier version of the 175-year-old lager, Pabst Blue Ribbon Extra.
6.5% alcohol by volume “Extra” will be found in black cans, billed as a “light, crisp, higher ABV alternative to heavy drinking beers”. Regular Pabst Blue Ribbon is 4.74% ABV.
This is the Extra Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer inspired by the original, nature’s choicest provide its full-bodied flavor. Only the finest of hops and grains have been used to create our strongest brew.
Pabst Blue Ribbon Extra will be available in 12-ounce cans and draft in Spring 2019.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: Spring 2019