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.
Creature Comforts Athena Paradiso returns to cans again to kick off the new year.
Athena Paradiso is a spin on the brewery’s year-round Athena Berliner Weisse. This release features tart cherry, raspberry, and cranberry, which complements a Guava & Passionfruit edition the brewery also releases seasonally.
David Stein, Co-Founder, says “We love how fruit plays with the acidity in Athena. Also, depending on the fruit used the beer will often take on its color – this version in particular will be a dark pink.” The “Paradiso” is meant to instill a vision of paradise and prepare consumers that they are on the verge of going on a beautiful fruit journey.
Creature Comforts Athena Paradiso will be available in both 12-ounce cans and draft again starting in mid-January.
Hi-Wire Pink Drink, a fan favorite, will be available in cans for the 4th time this month.
Previously a draft only favorite, Hi-Wire Pink Drink is a kettle-soured wheat ale brewed with lemongrass and raspberries. The end result is a pink beer, thanks to big additon of the berries (the brewery compares it to beer’s version of pink lemonade). Hi-Wire finally packaged this release for the first time in fall 2016 and the brewery’s fans very literally drank every last drop they had.
…an ultra crushable tart wheat ale with lemongrass & raspberries; simple, refreshing, & pink.
Hi-Wire Pink Drink is back in 16-ounce cans across the brewery’s southern distribution footprint in September.
Gate City Tarty McFly debuts today, a new kettle sour ale.
The Roswell, Georgia based brewery used fresh raspberry puree to really make this beer a “tart summer crusher” as the brewery calls it.
This Kettle Sour is tart, fruity and refreshingly delicious. With approximately 1.21 gigawatts of raspberries, this tart summer crusher will have you traveling back through time to find your hover-board and red puffy vest.
Gate City Tarty McFly is available in 12-ounce cans and draft as a summer seasonal release.
Creature Comforts River Ridge Red debuts June 15th.
Combine Independence, Virginia’s River Ridge Organics raspberries, and Athens’s, Georgia based Creature Comfort’s oak barrels and talent, and you have this new wild ale.
Creature chose some of their best barrels to blend onto the fresh raspberries, punching down the fruit into the barrels for a full two weeks. After that, the raspberries soaked in the ale for another six months in oak, until the brewery achieved a balanced acid profile.
Creature Comforts River Ridge Red will be available in 500-milliliter bottles at the brewery on June 15th, $17.99 each. Limited 6 per person/mule.
Image: Creature Comforts
Bell’s Sparkleberry Ale returns to 16-ounce cans for summer 2019.
This fruit-forward release first debuted in 2013 in honor of the Kalamazoo, Michigan Pride Festival. Bell’s Brewery was a presenting sponsor. Since then, the beer has been made more widely available on draft, plus a few 750-milliliter bottles at Bell’s General Store.
This summer, Bell’s Sparkleberry Ale returns in 16-ounce cans. The brewery continues to maintain their partnership with Kalamazoo Pride, a fundraiser for OutFront Kalamazoo. The Kalamazoo Gay-Lesbian Resource Center, OutFront Kalamazoo, continues to serve the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community of greater Kalamazoo, its friends, and allies.
“Our celebration of diversity is no secret, but this can says it front and center. No matter who you are or who you love, all are welcome at Bell’s.”- Laura Bell, Bell’s Brewery
Bell’s Sparkleberry Ale is now available in 16-ounce cans and draft seasonally.
Debut: June 2013 (Draft)
Can Debut: June 2018
Latest Return: June 2019
Image: Beer Street Journal
Wild Leap Bomb Pop Double IPA is the second release in the brewery’s Truck Chaser Series as May winds down.
This ice cream themed series started earlier this year with Creamsicle Double IPA, brewed with orange, vanilla, and lactose. This second release is inspired by another popular ice cream of summer, the Bomb Pop. The tri-flavored popsicle was invented in Kansas City, Missouri in 1955. National Bomb Pop Day is celebrated on the last Thursday in June.
Wild Leap Bomb Pop Double IPA features the iconic “bomb” flavors of lime, cherry, and raspberry, brewed with lactose. Did they do it? They damn well did. Every sip tastes like a mind-bendingly weird blend of hops and ice cream. Seriously, your tastebuds and your brain fight each other on what this beer is until the alcohol hits your brain and stops caring and just wants more.
Available in 12-ounce cans and draft for a limited time starting the last week of May 2019.
8.1%, 49 IBUs
PIC: Beer Street Journal