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.
Wild Leap Prize Inside Cracker Jack Stout hits shelves, where the beer IS the prize inside.
This new imperial stout is basically the boozy beer equivalent of Cracker Jacks. The stout is brewed with peanuts, caramel, and caramel malt. Think of it like that childhood box of popcorn, but with a potential for a hangover with overindulgence.
The prize inside? It’s the beer for sure. So many of these dessert-inspired imperial stouts go overboard with the flavor semblances to their sugary inspirations. Wild Leap opted for a more subtle flavor, and in our opinion that makes a better beer. After each sip of Prize Inside, you are left with a lingering aroma of the iconic caramel popcorn, leading you ready for another sip. It’s not cloying, heavy, or overwhelming. (And pairs perfectly with real Cracker Jacks, BTW.)
Wild Leap Prize Inside is available in 12-ounce cans and draft for a limited time.
8.5% ABV, 30 IBUs
The “peanut butter jelly sandwich in a glass” beer returns on March 1st, and this year it arrives with new variants.
Catawba Peanut Butter Jelly Time launched in 2012 – a bready brown ale brewed with wheat, raspberry puree, and North Carolina peanuts. Every year the release has grown in popularity prompting special taproom release parties.
This year, look for Catawba Peanut Butter Jelly Time Strawberry Rhubarb cans in extremely limited quantities alongside the seasonal favorite. While we couldn’t get confirmation from the brewery, we assume the base recipe is the same, along with strawberry and rhubarb additions.
Alongside the two canned releases, a third release – Black Currant will be available on tap.
Catawba Peanut Butter Jelly Time Strawberry Rhubarb will be available in limited 16-ounce cans and draft in the brewery’s tap room starting March 1st.
Image: Catawba Brewing
The 45th entry into the Avery’s Barrel-Aged Series isn’t a sour this round, but a huge imperial peanut butter stout.
Avery has actually been working on a peanut butter beer stout for years, but struggled with the peanut flavor. When you add peanuts to beer, the oil kills the bubbles. (Plus peanuts can get a little oily.) In the past, the beers fell a little short on flavor, so they’ve never gone public. That was until Travis Rupp. Avery’s Research and Development Manager joined the process.
Rupp is a professor at the University of Colorado and graces the bottle’s label. He found the same setback while brewing with peanuts as a homebrewer. In order to get it right, Rupp used refined peanut flour for a burst of nutty flavor, then aged in bourbon barrels.
It’s hard to. ignore the 15.2% on the label, or the peanut butter mention. Rupp and his team have really pulled off a great peanut butter based beer. The imperial stout is creamy smooth with hints of chocolate. The peanut flavor really starts to pop as the beer warms. In the end, this is like a boozy Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.
Avery Nuttiest Professor is available in limited quantities nationally in 12 ounce bottles.
PIC: Beer Street Journal
The Veil Brewing Double Chocolate Hornswoggler, the latest variant in the brewery’s highly sought after dessert beer series, debuts on June 20th.
French Vanilla, Coconut, Oreo Cookie, and Peanut Butter Oreos aren’t just tasty desserts. It describes the magically delicious lineup known as The Veil Brewing’s Hornswoggler. This release started as a smooth milk stout with chocolate. Since then, it’s gotten more and more eccentric. A bit like that guy and his chocolate factory.
Double Chocolate Hornswoggler has been aged on hundreds of pounds of milk chocolate, plus a random mix of actual candy bars. (Some bars containing nuts.) Thanks to the extra sugar transferred to the beer, keep this cold, and drink fresh. Don’t waste it by cellaring it.
Creamy, velvety, scrumdiddlyumptious chocolate river of a stout. ?=amirite?!
The Veil Brewing Double Chocolate Hornswoggler will be available in 16 ounce cans when the brewery opens on June 20th.
You’ve heard of comfort food. Meet comfort beer. Back Forty Peanut Butter Porter is easily one of of the best can designs we’ve seen in 2016.
The Gadsden, Alabama based brewery took a porter and aged it on roasted peanuts. They call it comfort food. It really is comfort beer. You see, it’s not easy to brew with anything fatty or oily. Oil destroys the surface tension of bubbles. No bubbles means flat beer. Execution and nuance is key.
It’s creamy, it’s big, it’s just what it sounds like. Brewed with crushed peanuts and a malt bill thick enough to slather on some bread, Peanut Butter Porter belongs on your grocery list right next to the jelly, bananas & bacon.
Back Forty Peanut Butter Porter is a little sweeter than other peanut butter beers out there, which we think is a good thing. It’s a freaking 10.5% alcohol by volume porter with a nutty peanut butter finish. While it’s not just like eating a peanut butter sandwich, it’s definitely not just a beer either. There is truth in the name: Peanut Butter Porter. Plus A-MAZING packaging.
Back Forty Peanut Butter Porter is available now in 12 ounce cans. Don’t worry, there’s no crusts here.
Availability: 12oz Cans
Debut: November, 2016
Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, MD) is working on a new cookie inspired beer series.
The brewery looks to be teaming up with Baltimore based Otterbein’s Bakery to create offerings like Flying Dog Roasted Peanut Brown Ale. The mixed pack, (which looks to contain various cookie themed brews) are all to be paired with the bakery’s cookies.
A Baltimore mainstay since 1881, the Otterbien’s cookie recipes have ben passed down among five generations. Flying Dog is Maryland’s largest craft brewery and has been part of the U.S. craft beer revolution for 25 years. Each of the beers in this package were brewed exclusively Marylanders by Marylanders. Happy Holidays to you and yours.
Flying Dog Roasted Peanut Brown Ale will be a 12oz bottle release, in a mixed pack. A Maryland release only. More details to follow.
Note: This is a “sneak peek.” Details, release date, or release at all, are subject to change at anytime by the brewery.