Asheville Brewing Ninjabread Man returns for a second year on October 31st. This beer is a seasonal spin on the fan favorite Ninja Porter.
Asheville Brewing Ninjabread Man is created using a concoction of vanilla beans, toasted cinnamon sticks, raisins, and caramelized ginger. The result is a liquid gingerbread cookie.
“People have been asking when it’s coming back for months. We feel it’s a perfect beer for cooler holiday weather. And your bread man makes delicious dessert beer or complements of a savory meal, whether it’s turkey or tofu.” Co-head Brewer Pete Langheinrich
Asheville Brewing Ninjabread Man will be available in 22 ounce bottles to-go from the brewery in Asheville, with limited distribution to follow.
Below, a few recipes to make with Ninjabread Man. Get drinking, get cooking.
Stone 24 Carrot Golden Ale is coming to the brewery’s Collaboration Series. This release features Monkey Paw Pub and Brewery, and American Homebrewers Association winner, Juli Goldenberg.
Hot on the heels of Points Unknown IPA, Stone 24 Carrot Golden Ale is inspired by carrot cake. The liquid ode to cake is based as Belgian golden ale, with two key ingredients – 20 pounds of golden raisins and grated carrots.
Beet juice was also added to help with the carrot cake color. If you’ve had carrot cake before, the icing is a just as important as the cake itself. Goldenberg added lactose during the boil, and vanilla beans post fermentation.
Stone 24 Carrot Golden Ale is a 22oz bottles and draft in September/October, 2015.
Coastal Empire Dawn Patrol Imperial Breakfast Stout is slated for bottles. The 2014 Great American Beer Festival bronze medal winner is aged for 4 weeks on coffee, raisins, ancho peppers, serano peppers, cumin, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. The final result is a beer that resembles a Mexican mole sauce. In total, it takes the brewery more than two months to produce.
Coastal Empire Dawn Patrol Imperial Breakfast Stout will be available in 22oz bottles. The brewery has not yet announced this bottle release.
Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Cumin, Allspice, Cinnamon, Peppers, Coffee, Raisins)
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Lost Abbey’s Cuvee de Tomme will be draft-only this year. Some packaging restraints have prevented the beer from being released in bottles.
“We had a few packaging constraints near the end of this year so we just didn’t have the means to get Cuvee into bottles” said Tomme Arthur, Co-founder and Chief Operating Owner of The Lost Abbey. “But the good news is we’ll have more kegs and be able to spread the wealth to some territories that have never had it in years past.”
Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme is a blend of Judgement Day (quad with raisins) aged in bourbon, brandy, and red wine barrels with Brettanomyces yeast. Tart cherries also give the beer that little extra complexity. Tommy Arthur came up with the recipe in 1999.
A plus side to this packaging change – there will be more kegs for the brewery’s entire distribution network.
It’s been seven years since Dogfish Head last brewed Raison D’ Extra. The strong ale is based on the brewery’s Raison D’Etre, a Belgian-style brown ale with brown sugar, and raisins.
Dogfish Head Raison D’Extra takes things a bit further, to nearly double the ABV.
D’Extra takes this concept to the next level. What 120 Minute IPA is to 60 Minute IPA, D’Extra is the D’Etre. We’re pushing the limits of what a Belgian yeast can do (and we’ve discovered that’s somewhere in the ballpark of 15% to 18% ABV!)
Dogfish Head Raison D’Extra will be available again in 12oz bottles. Due to ABV, there will be state limitations.
Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, MD) is working on a new cookie inspired beer series with Baltimore based Otterbein’s Bakery to create offerings like Flying Dog Oatmeal Raisin Stout. 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.
Style: Oatmeal Stout (w/ Raisins.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles
Note: This is a “sneak peek.” Details, release date, or release at all, are subject to change at anytime by the brewery.
The Lost Abbey has released Saison Blanc has been released – a saison with golden raisins and white pepper.
Lost Abbey doing a saison? Shocking right? Sarcasm aside, the above is Saison Blanc, an homage to farmers. We are getting close to harvest season, a physically rough time for those who work the fields, making the grain in your brew. Brewed with golden raisins and white pepper.