Martin House Brewing Co. is releasing a new seasonal that they have dubbed the “most ambitious and confounding beer” they’ve ever produced. This is Martin House Kafkaesque.
To make sense of the beer, you need to understand Franz Kafka. Most well known for works like Metamorphosis, and The Trial, a lot of his works carry themes of alienation, and psychological brutality. The existential writer’s stories are chaotic, and sometimes takes a few readings to really understand his approach. Makes a bit of sense when you under Martin House’s new beer.
Kafkaesque is Imperial, Smoked, Black, Rye, Oaked, Raspberry IPA. Surreal, detached, confusing. Franz wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Martin House Kafkaesque will be available on January 15th, at The Pour House in Fort Worth, Texas. First tasters get the unique glass below.
Stone Brewing Company (Escondido, CA) is bringing back their most requested winter seasonal, Smoked Porter with Vanilla Beans.
Warm up your palate with this delicious vanilla-laced creation. Whole Madagascar vanilla beans impart a vanilla quality that melds perfectly with the malty, chocolaty, coffee-like characteristics of our venerable Stone Smoked Porter. Enjoy this exquisite brew on its own or paired with a variety of food.
Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Beans returns in 22oz bombers (previously 12oz bottles) and draft.
5.9% ABV, 53 IBUs
The idea for this new offering started with an episode of “BBQ with Franklin” that focused on exploring the use of smoke in beer. Jester King took the idea a bit further by adding figs to the brew to impart the flavors of Franklin’s BBQ pits.
Texas figs were heat and cold smoked at Franklin Barbecue. Some were partially charred to impart a burnt flavor to the beer.
Jester King Figlet was brewed in July, 2014, then fermented for four months. Near the end of the stainless steel portion of fermentation, smoked figs were added to Figlet and allowed to re-ferment. As the sugars were broken down, the smoky aromas brought the finished flavor to a new level.
Figlet will available by the glass at the brewery, and in 750ml bottles.
Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA) is releasing a new edition of Smoked Porter this month – Smoked Porter with Chocolate and Orange Peel.
In a sea of successful Smoked Porter variants like Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean, and Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers, the brewery eyed fall edition – Stone Smoked Porter – Autumn Addition Edition.
Herbs, spices, and gourds from Stone Farms were going to be added to the porter, but eventually, they landed on chocolate and orange.
Stone Smoked Porter with Chocolate and Orange Peel features the peat smoke flavor of the smoked porter, with orange peel and cacao nibs. Available for a limited time in 22oz bottles and draft.
Availability: 22oz Bombers, Draft.
Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, and Puerto Rico
5.9% ABV, 53 IBUs
If you are a member of The Rare Beer Club, you have a special treat in store. The Bruery has created a one-off for the club -Smokey and The Bois.
A smokey edition of The Bruery’s fifth anniversary offering Bois.
Smokey & The Bois is a bourbon barrel aged, with cacao nibs and vanilla beans and a whopping 15.5% ABV.
Check the club for future details. This offering will obviously a bit rare.
Hitting shelves now is a new Lips of Faith release from New Belgium. For this offering, the brewery teamed up with Three Floyds to make hard to come by , smokey Polish style offering. The beer is gratzer, featured oak-smoked wheat.
It’s not dead, but Gratzer is definitely a long-buried style from Poland. And together with 3Floyds we have unearthed the best of beer zombies. Full of bold flavors from oak-smoked wheat, and along with Midnight Wheat, this beer presents a pure black pour. A subtle, spicy note from the Polish Lublin hops hides in the aroma, just below the dark and smoky surface. Despite all appearances, the Gratzer is very drinkable at 4.5% ABV, and walks itself with a nice, light body. Cheers to drinking smoky, undead beers. Prost!
Hops: Target, Polish Lublin
Malts: Pale, Midnight Wheat, Oak-Smoked Wheat
Availability: 22oz Bombers, Draft. June, 2014