Some of the newcomers to the craft beer scene probably don’t remember Life & Limb, the collaboration between Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada. The first release of this collaboration occurred in 2009, followed by Life & Limb 2 in 2011. Now, the third release of this Life & Limb collaboration hits shelves, this time in 16-ounce cans.
This American strong ale is brewed with two different syrups – maple syrup from the Calagione farm in Massachusetts, as well as birch syrup. In the previous collaborations, the birch syrup was delivered to Chico, California fresh from Alaska.
Additionally, the breweries used estate barley from Sierra Nevada’s farm, plus a house yeast blend of both Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada.
We are proud to share our third version of the life and limb with its thousands of other branches who collectively comprise the craft brewing family tree. Sip slowly with friends and loved ones, savor long-because one could do better than be a swigger of birches.
The “canned on” date is dated in May. From the looks of it, neither brewery has really mentioned this release on social media as it seems to have quietly hit shelves nationally. Neither Sierra Nevada nor Dogfish Head responded for comment.
For its third release in 10 years, this unique collaboration – Life & Limb 3 is available in 16-ounce cans (by Sierra), very suitable for future aging in the event of a Life & Limb 4 release.
The race to the strongest beer in the world is a bit like the race to the moon. Scottish brewery Brewdog has held the title previously – with Tactical Nuclear Penguin (32%) and Sink The Bismarck! (41%). Brewdog even outdid the 41% entry with The End Of History, a 55% blonde ale shoved into a dead, stuffed squirrel.
It wasn’t long before they were then overtaken by SchorschbrÃ¤u Schorschbock (57% ABV). The newest to the top? Brewmeister Armageddon, a Scottish brewery that clocks in at 65% AB. Modeled after the eisbock style. Eisbock (ice bock) is a German style created by flash
freezing the beer. The first to freeze is removed leaving the liquid more potent. In this instance, the process is repeated until the desired ABV is reached.
The world’s strongest beer at 65%. Ingredients include crystal malt, wheat, flaked oats and of course 100% Scottish spring water. We then freeze ferment the beer to bring up the ABV. Consume this like a fine whisky. Despite being 65%, the beer has a lot of flavour – malty, hoppy, slightly sweet and lots of yeast still in the beer. Be careful though, smelling it is probably enough to put you over the limit!
These bottles are available online, ERP $64.00 U.S.
Style: Eisbock (STRONG ALE!)
Availability: 300 ml bottles (10 U.S. oz)
De Struise is soon to release Kamikaze, a collaboration with Rio Brewing & Co. This Kamikaze boasts 500 IBUs (can humans even detect that?) and bourbon barrel aging.
… also known in different languages as KAMIKAZE. Second special ale brewed with brew master Ryohei Sugawara San from Rio Brewing Co. A stunning 500 IBU hop bitterness brings this 16% ABV pale ale back in balance. Oak aged for 6 months in Bourbon barrels before dry hopping this monster. This ale is unblended, unfiltered, unpasterized and bottle conditioned.
Style: Strong Ale (Barrel Aged)
Availability: 750 ml bottles
U.S. Release is uncertain.
The rumor of Green Flash Brewing coming to Atlanta has been the rumor most frequently repeated. While the San Diego County, California brewer is still not officially hitting the state, a beer Green Flash collaborated on is arriving. It’s called BiÃ¨re De L’AmitiÃ©. Green Flash collaborated with Brasserie St-Feuillien from Belgium. Here’s the story –
During a recent twelve day Great Belgium Beer Tour, brewer’s from Green Flash Brewing Co. of San Diego County, California and Brasserie St. Feuillien of Le Roeulx, Belgium teamed up to produce the first-ever collaboration ale between American and Belgian family-owned breweries. The beer will be called BiÃ¨re De L’AmitiÃ©, or Friendship Brew, and will be released in the United States in June 2010.
Dominique Friart, Administrator Deputy (C.E.O.) of St. Feuillien, visited Green Flash on a 2009 trip to the United States. Green Flash had collaborated with several U.S. breweries on special ales in recent years with great success, brews many Belgian-inspired ales, and has a great admiration for Belgian tradition. Mike Hinkley, Green Flash CEO, jumped at the chance to suggest the collaboration to Ms. Friart. After several conversations, both parties grew excited about the prospect of this brewing adventure.
A brewing date was scheduled for March 9, 2010. Over the months leading up to the brew, Chuck Silva and Alexis Briol, Green Flash and St Feuillien’s brewmasters, set out to create a brew that would bring together five generations of Friart Family traditional Belgian ale and the cutting edge and innovative brewing techniques used at Green Flash. Chuck Silva said, “Brewing with Alexis at St. Feuillien was a great honor, lots of fun, and I think we created a fantastic brew. This is a convergence of great Belgian tradition and Green Flash innovation.”
BiÃ¨re De L’AmitiÃ© is a Blond Belgian Strong Ale, brewed with St. Feuillien’s traditional yeast and secret spices. For a Green Flash-style modern twist, rye and wheat malts were added to the mash and American Amarillo hops used in a late boiling kettle addition. Then the beer was dry-hopped with more Amarillo for even more hop flavor, aroma and zest.
Style: Described as Belgian blonde strong ale.
Availability: 750 ML Bottles. Corked & Caged. Draft offerings also. 1 time collaboration offering.
Arrival: Friday 8/6
Immort was first brewed at the Dogfish Brewpub in 1995, first bottled in 1997. If you recall Dogfish/Sierra Nevada’s collaboration ale contained maple syrup from brewer Sam Calgione’s family farm in Massachusetts. Immort Ale also has this ingredient, along with peat smoked barley, juniper berries, and vanilla beans. It’s a unique blend of English & Belgian yeasts, aged in oak lined tanks.
Immort shows up each spring, after the maple syrup harvest. Its a heavy hitter at 11% ABV. With all these ingredients, you can imagine there is a complex palette associated with this ale.
Peat smoked barley, Vanilla beans, Maple Syrup, Juniper berries.
Aged on Oak
Yeasts – English, Belgian
Availability – 12oz/ 4pks. Rare draft offerings.
Returning from a 2 year absence – it’s Left Hand’s Double Sawtooth Ale, now dubbed Chainsaw Ale. Chainsaw Ale is a bigger, bolder version of their year round ESB release. Chainsaw isn’t an ESB, but classified as an American Strong Ale.
Here is the write up from Left Hand’s 2010 Schedule –
Back from a 2-year absence, Chainsaw kicks off 2010 with a new logo, but still the same bad-ass beer. It attempts to address an old saying that has plagues mankind since its inception. Many times we’ve heard “more is not always better.” Invariably the person on the other side of such a statement scowls at the ramifications. Here at Left Hand we realize that life cannot be reduced to or understood in absolute terms. Our 2008 version attempts to take exception with such broad statements about the human condition. Chainsaw is a connoisseur version of our award-winning Sawtooth Ale, designed to befuddle silly generalizations about life. It opens with toasted malt, toffee and fruit flavors, yet closes with a swirling effect of garden herbs, cardamom, dry port and black cherry. Full-bodied, 9.0% alcohol by volume.
Availability – 22oz bomber bottles, and draft offerings. Small batch seasonal release. Retail – Little steep, around $12
Hitting Atlanta shelves today is the newest small batch release by Redhook Brewing (Woodlinville, WA.) 8-4-1 is an American Strong Ale with a unique bio that explains it’s name. It was developed by 8 Redhook brewers split up into 4 teams of 2 people. (Be patient, I know it says 8-4-1.) Each team created 1 beer, close the the target style. In the end, each teams brew was blended together to make this strong ale. Many people are starting to refer to it as a bit of an imperial brown ale.
Per Greg Deuhs, Redhook Brewmaster
“8-4-1 Expedition Ale is a great beer. Its combination of brown sugar and honey, paired with a variety of rich specialty and smoked malts before being aged for months with oak chips, give it a depth worth sipping next to the fire. Inspired by eight brewers working in four teams, 8-4-1 offers complex nuances to the traditional American-Style Strong Brown Ale that I am confident beer connoisseurs will appreciate.”
Hops – Unspecified as of yet – Expedition IS dry hopped
Malts – Pale, Smoked Specialty, Black, Caramel
Tasting Notes – There is a lot going on with this brew. Honey. Smoke. Brown sugar is prevalent. Oaky, sweet notes, and malty there is a complexity you will be spending time sorting out. Perhaps some cherry. Subtle sour.
Availability – 22oz bomber bottles, one time limited release. Very limited draft offerings.
55 IBU’s (slight bitter)
More to follow on this one….