2019 looks to be the year craft breweries focus on few calories, few carbohydrates, and lower alcohol by volume. Harpoon Rec League is another example of this growing field of healthier options.
This new health-conscious beer is brewed with buckwheat kasha for B vitamins, fiber, antioxidants, and Omega 3 heavy chia seeds and sea salt for electrolytes. It already sounds like a sports drink instead of a beer.
Rec League is just 120 calories per 12-ounce serving and 3.8% alcohol by volume is designed for folks with active lifestyles.
“Fans of Harpoon do more than drink beer – they’re running road races, working out with friends, and hitting the slopes. We wanted to make a beer that celebrates and complements this active lifestyle.” Tom Graham, Innovation Brewer
Harpoon Rec League is available nationally in both 16-ounce cans and 15-pack 12-ounce cans starting in February 2019.
Image: Harpoon Brewery
Coronado Leisure Lagoon Hazy Pale Ale hits the brewery’s distribution network this week.
This hazy new pale ale is a blend of the best aspects of East Coast and West Coast pale ales and brewed with West coast hops. Using London III yeast, Coronado touts Leisure Lagoon pale ale as a brighter and juicier than a typical west coast pale ale.
“We spent a lot of time experimenting with different hop profiles and alcohol percentages,” says Steele. “At the end of the day, this is the beer that we all want to drink. It’s got the classic piney, dank, citrus hop character, with more fruitiness and softer mouthfeel from the yeast. We’re stoked with how it turned out and we think our fans will love it, too. It’s perfectly crushable.”
16-ounce cans of Coronado Leisure Lagoon debuted February 15th all brewery locations, hitting full distribution this week.
Style: Hazy Pale Ale
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Monday Night Offshore Account Nitro cans are now officially on hold indefinitely. The release was originally slated for January 5th. There is no release date set.
Monday Night Offshore Account Nitro is a pale ale, brewed with pineapple and mango puree. Soon to be available in 16-ounce cans and nitro taps.
Monday Night All Yall Pale Ale makes a new seasonal debut on January 5th.
The Atlanta brewery touts this new release as a “low ABV pale ale”, brewed with Citra and Simcoe hops. A “welcome to the New Year have 3 or 4 and forget resolutions” beer if you ask us.
“…this is a citrusy, tropical, easy drinking, low ABV pale ale that’s just hoppy enough.”
Monday Night All Y’all Pale Ale will be available at the brewery’s West Midtown Atlanta location when the brewery opens on January 5th.
Style: Pale Ale
Hops: Citra, Simcoe
Malts: Pilsner, Spelt, Carapils
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft
This upcoming NFL season, Mercedes Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons is set to sell $5 dollar craft beers. Rumors swirled as to what brewery was selected for the honor. Hailing from nearby Avondale Estates, Wild Heaven ATL Pale Ale is ready to fly.
This fresh new pale ale is described by co-founder Eric Johnson as “light, crisp beer that is easy to enjoy for drinkers new to craft beer with enough body and flavor for the craft beer lover.” The 5% alcohol by volume beer will debut in the stadium for the first home game against the Carolina Panthers.
“We are honored to make this beer for fans in Atlanta. Beer is the drink of the people and we’re excited that this collaboration can bring craft beer to tens of thousands of new fans in a thrilling environment,” – Wild Heaven Beer co-founder Nick Purdy.
Atlanta designer Bart Sasso of Sasson & Co. created the artwork for Wild Heaven ATL Pale Ale and reimagines Sasso’s famous “ATL Hold It Down” imagery.
At the moment, 16-ounce cans of ATL Pale Ale will only be found at Mercedes Benz Stadium. The brewery plans to bring it to distribution in the near future.
Springfield, Missouri’s Mother’s Brewing Hands Down Pale Ale hits shelves this week; a new year-round release.
“A supremely drinkable pale ale that doesn’t skimp on hop flavor” is how Mother’s describes this new beer. This hazy, New England Style pale ale is heavily dry-hopped for a burst of hop flavor, while maintaining a low finishing bitterness.
Intensive dry-hopping provides juicy citrus and berry hop flavor with restrained bitterness. Light, bright, and crisp, this is Hands Down your Mother’s favorite pale ale.
Mother’s suggests drinking Hands Down with smoked ribs with potato salad, spicy pad thai, salmon and mango salsa, and key lime pie. Or if you’re like us a Beer Street Journal – anything you have in the pantry.
Mother’s Brewing Hand’s Down Pale Ale is available year-round in 12-ounce bottles and draft.
Style: Pale Ale
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: Late August 2018
Image: Mothers Brewing
Creature Comforts Automatic Pale Ale returns to cans again this August.
‘Automatic’ is a hop-forward pale ale, brewed with Mosaic and Crystal hops. If you love that “dank” hop smell and flavor, you will love this beer. Automatic is pale ale on steroids.
“Automatic is meant to be light, refreshing and quite drinkable without falling into the common pitfall of ending up too thin, watery or insipid. No color malts were used, however, the relatively full mouthfeel is enough to support this heavily hopped beer,” said Co-Founder and Brewmaster Adam Beauchamp.”
Local Athens artist Michelle Fontaine created the label for Creature Comforts Automatic Pale Ale. Fontaine took inspiration from 1950’s pop culture as well as the 1940’s Chevy dealership that once occupied the brewery’s building.
You might recognize the phrase “Automatic for the People” emblazoned on the can, especially if you are a REM fan. The album named was derived from legendary Athens, Georgia eatery, Weaver D’s. The southern, soul food eatery is a city staple.
Creature Comforts Automatic Pale Ale is already available on draft at the brewery in Athens. Cans will return to distribution the week of August 20th.
Style: Pale Ale
Hops: Mosaic, Crystal
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Seasonal.
Latest Return: Week of August 20th, 2018
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