From one of the most popular purveyors of hops comes something a little different this month – a lager. Stone Tropic of Thunder Lager ships nationally this week.
Citra and Mosaic and rising star Cashmere are the hop stars of this craft lager, which boasts flavors of pineapple, citrus and coconut. In their descriptions, Stone wants you to think of this lager as a desert island beer.
Mainstays Citra & Mosaic along with newcomer Cashmere hops are joined by their juicy tropical aromas of citrus, pineapple and coconut (try stringing all that together in a catchy tune). The rescue ship will find you all soon enough. For now, set aside the non-working cell phone and lack of social media (again, work with us here), kick back and revel in your moment of tropical island lagoon serenity.
Stone Tropic of Thunder Lager is available in 12-ounce cans and draft nationally starting in January 2019.
Hops: Citra, Mosaic, Cashmere
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut (Nationally): January 2019
Image: Stone Brewing
Arches Brewing Triboulet, an India pale lager debuts on Friday.
Just seconds south of Atlanta, near the world’s busiest airport, lies Georgia’s only lager brewery. Their approach has turned some of their biggest skeptics into fans. Coming up this weekend is their latest creation, a lager/India pale ale hybrid known as Triboulet.
Arches Brewing Triboulet is the brewery’s first hop-forward lager, a blend of lager yeast and modern (IPA) hopping techniques. Per the brewery, the end result is “a balanced hoppy lager with juicy bitterness and a crisp finish. Flaked high-protein grains add a slight haze and smooth mouthfeel.”
Arches Brewing Triboulet will available in 12-ounce cans and draft at the brewery on Friday, October 12th.
Style: India Pale Lager
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Brewery-Only.
5.8% ABV, 60 IBUs
Creature Comforts Classic City Lager is coming in October. Named for the brewery’s hometown of Athens, Georgia.
As expected of the style, Classic City Lager described as a “clean, crisp, and easy-drinking lager” by the brewery. The 4.2% alcohol by volume, easy-drinking beer should be pretty approachable by all beer drinkers. “There are so many options to choose from and we wanted to make a beer that is perfect for those who enjoy drinking a lower ABV pale lager. Classic City Lager is simply good cold beer,” says co-founder and head brewery David Stein.
The can’s typography was created by Athens artist Chris Collins.
Creature Comforts Classic City Lager will be available in 12-ounce can and draft at the brewery starting in October, entering distribution in November. Year-round.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round.
Atlanta Brewing Kentucky Beer Dad is the next can release coming to the newly re-named brewery’s lineup this weekend.
A few months ago, nearby Max Lager’s collaborated with Atlanta Brewing on ‘Dad Bod‘, a barleywine fermented with lager yeast. Kentucky Beer Dad has taken that collaboration a step further by aging it in Buffalo Trace barrels. Barleywine meets lager meets bourbon barrels.
Presales of 16-ounce 4-pack cans of Atlanta Brewing Kentucky Beer Dad start today and release at the brewery on September 21st.
Founders Solid Gold Lager debuted nationally on March 1st of this year. Soon, this “Solid” addition to the brewery’s lineup is going to get bigger. 19.2 ounces bigger. The big cans are coming soon. The release date for these larger cans hasn’t been announced. We assume before the end of the year.
Original release info below.
Over the past few months now, we’ve said 2018 will be a big year for lagers and Pilsners. Let’s offer this new release from Founders as more evidence. Solid Gold Lager got its start in the Founders taproom in Grand Rapids, Michigan years ago. Their brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki has completely overhauled the recipe ahead of this forthcoming national launch.
Founders Solid Gold is a beautifully crisp, clean lager. There’s a touch of lemony citrus aroma that fills the glass and lingers in the smooth, grainy finish. Has Founders challenged the concept of a lager? If nothing else, they have succeeded in making it stand out a bit. The use of Lemondrop hops definitely puts a subtle lemon zesty elegance what some might call a “simple beer”. Solid Gold is beautiful – from pour to finish. If you aren’t convinced yet, hopefully, the pricing will. 6-packs should retail around $7.99, while 15-packs will run $14.99. That’s about a dollar per can, making it one of the most competitively priced lagers on shelves.
Founders Solid Gold Lager is the first year-round beer by the brewery to launch exclusively in cans. Look for it nationally starting March 1st.
Availability: 12oz Cans. 19.2oz Cans (COMING SOON). Year-Round
4.4% ABV, 20 IBUs
Arches Brewing Mexican Empire will debut this week in cans for the first time.
The Mexican lager, known formally as the Vienna lager, saw a big surge in craft brewing last summer. Arches Brewing Mexican Empire was a draft only seasonal for the brewery in the past, but the brewery has found that demand has completely out-paced production.
Mexican Empire is the fourth can release by the Hapeville, Georgia based brewery.
“This has been one of those beers that snuck up on us. As a team, it’s been one of our favorites and we always felt like it would be a really drinkable Spring seasonal. As more people tasted it, we kept getting asked to brew it more often and package it.” – Arches co-founder Ryan Fogelgren
Mexican Empire joins Unseasonable Lager, Southern Bel’, and Queen’s Weisse in the brewery’s 12-ounce can offerings, debuting on June 28th.
Style: Vienna Lager
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round
Debut (Cans): 6/28/18
A namesake for their home state, Odell Colorado Lager debuts in cans in April.
The Fort Collins, Colorado-based brewery has been working on this recipe for a year now. In May the recipe will be found statewide. The 5% alcohol by volume lager features American hops, Colorado water, and barley – no adjuncts (like corn).
“Colorado Lager has been in the works for well over a year now. After countless test batches on our pilot system, we’re thrilled to share our interpretation of the style with the fans in our home state. It’s a style we love to drink, and we think there’s a place for a lager in the craft beer lover’s fridge.” – Brendan McGivney, COO.
Odell Colorado Lager is available in 16-ounce cans and draft starting in April. Look for 15-pack, 12-ounce cans starting in May.
Availability: 12oz Cans, ado Lager16oz Cans. Draft. Year-Round.
Debut: May 2018