Catawba Peanut Butter Jelly Time is like drinking a piece of your childhood. If you haven’t tried this beer, another opportunity is rolling around this week.
Brewed with raspberries and aged on peanuts, this beer takes you back to a simpler time. A time before bills, complicated relationships, acne breakouts, and hangovers. As anyone that has made a PB&J sandwich, the ratio of peanut butter to jelly is paramount. Catawba knows this too and it shows in this alcoholic sandwich of a beer.
Does it really taste like the sandwich? Pretty much. Brewing with peanut butter and a jelly sugar blob isn’t the greatest of ideas. To get around serving up a greasy glass of nasty, Catawba created a base roasty brown ale, aged for weeks on fresh raspberries and peanuts. When this beer is colder, it tastes like peanut butter. Warmer, more sticky jelly notes to surface. Because Peanut Butter Jelly Time is a brown ale instead of a stout, it’s more approachable to those that might be turned off by dark beer. It should be served in a lunchbox between math class and recess.
Last year, the brewery canned a variant – Strawberry Rhubarb which returns again this year in cans only to be found in the taproom.
New for 2020, are two new additional brewery only variants – PBJT! Peach and PBJT! Red Currant.
Catawba Peanut Butter Jelly Time! is available in 16-ounce cans in the taproom starting March 6th, available in Catawbas’s five-state distribution area in the following days.
PIC: Beer Street Journal. 2020 can art is seen below.
Let’s drop right into this. Left Hand Peanut Butter Milk Stout has finally hit shelves, and it’s perfect.
Yeah, I’ve bolded that because it bears emphasis. We live in a time in beer history that might be best summarized in one word – adjuncts. Here at this publication, we’ve mentioned a wide range of beers that have everything from candy, cakes, and fruit, to scorpions, crickets, and grasshoppers. Some beer additions should be sprayed for by an exterminator, and not wind up in your mash tun. But hey, you do you.
It’s the wild west of adjuncts out there. Some of these creations are so sweet you actually have a sugar crash later, while others end up being little shelve grenades in aluminum. Trying the next hyped brewery science experiment can wear out your taste buds, your wallet, and even your faith in beer brewing at large.
Still, there are some great pastry/milkshake/candy/cookie/skittles/chicken wing/hamburger/dragonfruit/marshmallow/baklava/cheesecake/jelly/pizza/tomato/herb beers out there, so I do what anybody else would do. Find them all and drink them all.
When it comes to well-established breweries like Left Hand, I hold them to a higher standard when it comes to a beer like this, and with good reason. They know what the hell they are doing, as evidenced by their Milk Stout. As good as that beer is, brewers want to play and fans demand variety. According to Left Hand, a peanut butter variant was the top request. However, it was never going to be as easy as just tossing peanut butter (in any form) into their milk stout and shipping it.
The best evidence of this? Peanut Butter Milk Stout was slated for November. “Despite getting close to how we envisioned this beer, we hadn’t nailed it yet,” says national sales director Jason Ingram, “Our brewing team worked hard until they got it right and it makes a difference,” he adds. Ingram is right because it was love at first sip for us.
Left Hand held themselves to a very high standard for the seasonal, and you the beer drinker, is the winner for their efforts. Peanut Butter Milk Stout is crafted. Meaningful. And worth the money.
Now you can taste the result of their hard work across the brewery’s distribution footprint this month. This beer is adjunct hope in dark beer form, in and increasingly muddy, sludgy world of pastry beers. 2020 is tasting good already.
6% ABV, 25 IBUs
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Terrapin Liquid Bliss, the brewery’s chocolate peanut butter porter is making a return this year.
Some of you might remember this peanut buttery release as Terrapin Side Project #14 from 2014.
The cocoa nibs are the same found in Moo-Hoo from Olive & Sinclair in Nashville, Tennessee. Combine that with peanut butter powder, and dessert is served. A powdered form of peanut butter is used because fats and oils from regular peanut butter would make the beer oily, and flat when you pour it.
The brewery is releasing about 800 barrels across their entire market, making it a fairly limited release.
Terrapin Liquid Bliss is available in 12-ounce cans and draft.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Year Round. Entire Terrapin Distribution.
Latest Return: January 2019
NoDa Captain Peanut Butter’s Chocolate Revenge returns to the brewery’s lineup again on January 25th.
The Charlotte, North Carolina based brewery touts this release as the “The chocolatey-est, most peanut buttery” version of this beer to date. NoDa Captain Peanut Butter’s Chocolate Revenge is an imperial porter brewed with cocoa nibs and peanut butter. You really can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter.
A big, malty and smooth Imperial Porter brewed with a massive load of cocoa nibs to give dark chocolate notes and roasted peanut butter to add a rich twist to this imposing dark beer.
NoDa Captain Peanut Butter’s Chocolate Revenge is a taproom-only release, in 16-ounce cans on January 25th at 2 pm.
Trillium Peanut Butter PM Dawn is now on sale at the brewery in Boston.
This decadent adventure starts as an American stout brewed with cold brewed coffee from Barrington Roasters in Lee, Massachusetts. Celebrating the brewery’s fifth anniversary, Trillium has thrown in peanut butter. The line forms to the left.
The brewery scaled back the cold brew for this edition to make room for a heavy dose of America’s favorite nut butter.
Trillium Peanut Butter PM Dawn presents an opaque black with brown head and lacing. A strong nose of freshly ground peanuts, chocolate peanut butter milkshake and hints of dark plum from the coffee, is followed by a full-bodied palate, rich with complementary flavors of roasty coffee, swirling dark chocolate/cocoa and finishes with delicious peanut butter.
If you find yourself close to the brewery, now is the time to snag this beer. Peanut Butter PM Dawn is available in 16-ounce cans right….now.
Availability: 16oz Cans. Limited Release.
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The Bruery PB & Jelly Thursday will be available to the Reserve Society members in 2018.
The “Weekday” Series is home to Grey Monday, Black Tuesday, and Mocha Wednesday, each of variable rarity. Last year The Bruery’s Reserve Society was home to PB & Thursday, a variant of barrel-aged Black Tuesday brewed with peanut flour. Basically peanut butter Black Tuesday.
Next year, Reserve Society members can claim The Bruery PB & Jelly Thursday. This sandwich inspired spin on Black Tuesday is brewed with peanut flour, boysenberries, and salt. The end result has to be the most alcoholic peanut butter and jelly sandwich every made (in beer form) clocking in at 19.2% alcohol by volume.
It won’t stick to the roof of your mouth, but it will impart layers of peanut character and fruity sweetness to the bourbon notes of our revered, barrel-aged imperial stout.
The Bruery PB & Jelly Thursday will be available in 750-milliliter bottles only to those in the Reserve Society in 2018.
Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Peanut Flour. Boysenberries. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles.
The Veil Brewing’s Hornswoggler, a chocolate milk stout brewed with an ungodly amount of Oreo cookies was ridiculous. When you poured the beer, little icing chunks flowed into your glass. Today, the brewery takes things a step further.
There are folks out there that dip their Oreo cookie in peanut butter. For those indulgent dessert lovers, The Veil Brewing Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter & Oreos is brewed for you.
Using the brewery’s chocolate milk stout, the beer has been conditioned on not only hundreds of pounds of Oreo cookies, but Reginald’s Homemade Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter as well. A win-win for lovers of cookies and peanut butter.
The Oreos edition from January was RIDICULOUS. It was as close to drinking a liquefied cookie as you can get (without actually liquifying a cookie). Dessert Beer is sacred to us at Beer Street Journal, and The Veil ups the ante with this edition. The peanut butter takes the lead, over the Oreos, but they are far from subtle. It’s hard to stop smelling the glass.
Due the fact the beer has been aging this beer on sugary cookies, extra fermentable sugars have been introduced to this beer. If you find yourself lucky enough to possess this mother of all dessert beers, keep the cans cold and drink fresh. Trust us on this one.
A little over 120 cases of The Veil Brewing Bourbon Pecan Peanut Butter & Oreos will be available when the brewery opens at 4 pm.
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