Dogfish Head Piercing Pils, the brewery’s pilsner brewed with pears, returns soon. The seasonal release will feature updated, artist created artwork.
Dogfish Head Piercing Pils uses a mix of grain sugar and sugar from pear juice to ferment to alcohol. The juice is supplemented with an addition of pear tea for added aroma. The brewpub worked on this recipe one summer in order to get it right.
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft
Return: Late November/December, 2015 (Seasonal)
Image: Dogfish Head
Burnside Blueberry Mint Saison kicks of the new Elemental Scale Series of one-off beers from the Portland, Oregon brewery.
Burnside Blueberry Mint Saison is a French-style saison that has been brew kettle soured, and fermented with blueberries and local honey, plus mint tea.
Inspired by a Kombucha drink with a similar profile, Burnside’s brewers set out to create a refreshing but complex beer with an interesting flavor profile. This ale is fermented at slightly higher temperature than normal with Blueberries and local Honey added at conditioning along with a cold side infusion of a “mint tea.” This gives the beer a slightly tart and fruity quality with a subtle hint of mint freshness.
Burnside Blueberry Mint Saison will be available in 22oz bottles and draft, starting May 7th.
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
6.9% Abv 21.55 IBUs
Stone Chai-Spiced Imperial Russian Stout is the newest addition to the brewery’s Odd Beers for Odd Years offering, alongside Extra Hoppy Barleywine.
As you have probably deduced, this edition is inspired by chai tea. To achieve this nuance, Stone has added clove, ginger, black pepper, cardamom, black tea, and cinnamon to the bold imperial stout.
As it stands, the classic version of Stone Imperial Russian Stout is deep, dark, rich, roasty and perhaps even a bit sinful. The ‘Odd Beers for Odd Years’ part of the journey means the coming of each odd-numbered year provides the opportunity to take this traditional beer to new and mysterious places, embarking on an exploratory odyssey enabled by strikingly flavorful elements applied to a lovely onyx canvas. This beer, the latest ‘Odd’ transubstantiation, takes inspiration straight from the spice aisle, incorporating array of ingredients assembled to emulate the flavors of authentic chai tea. Cinnamon, cardamom, clove, ginger, a dash of black pepper and a dose of black tea combine with Stone Imperial Russian Stout’s incumbent flavors to take it deep into exotic, previously unfathomed tenitory. Expect a touch of earthiness in combination with a warm, tantalizing aridness. Asa one-time brew with enduring character, Stone CHAI-SPICED Imperial Russian Stout is crafted to be contemplated fresh or cellared under proper conditions for many years so that it may live on not only in one’s memory, but on his or her taste buds as well.
Stone Chai-Spiced Imperial Russian Stout is available in 22oz bottles, and draft. Typically arriving in March.
Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Clove, Ginger, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Black Tea, Cinnamon)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft
AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA and Puerto Rico
International Distribution: Australia; Alberta and British Columbia (“Odd” release only), Canada; Japan; Singapore; Sweden; and United Kingdom
Release: Late-March, 2015
Red Brick Brewing (Atlanta, GA) has finalized the recipe for a new and interesting brew, Sacred Cow Chai Spiced Milk Stout.
The milk stout is brewed with organic Masala Chai blend from Rishi Tea. (Rishi is the brand.) The tea gives the beer flavors of black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger root, black pepper and cloves. Those flavors, plus the chocolate-y notes from the milk stout will take your tastebuds on a flavor trip.
Sacred Cow is scheduled for November, 2013
Style: Milk Stout (w/ Chai Tea)
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft
Arrival: November, 2013
After six years of running Beer Street Journal, and doing A LOT of beer drinking, sometimes a brewery just stands out. A brewery that makes you love craft beer that much more. For me, that’s Jailhouse Brewing in Hampton, Georgia.
This small, hot, town south of Atlanta could almost be missed if you weren’t looking for it. Main street consists of a single stop sign. Rush hour consists of about 7 cars. It’s quiet and peaceful when compared to neighboring Atlanta.
The brewery is built in a circa 1900 old jail/courthouse that still has bars on most of the windows. It’s almost as if you would see Andy Griffith and Barney sitting at the front desk.
I’m sitting here on the stoop in this small, crowded brewhouse, sipping a Reprieve Saison taking in the brew day. It’s hot for 10 am. Over 90 degrees already. The doors are open but that’s not helping. You sweat. You have no choice. There’s a mix of bluegrass and southern rock booming through the speakers while the smell of soaking grain is in the air. Everyone has a beard here except me. This is southern brewing. This is the south.
Ale Sharpton, Jailhouse founder Glen Golden, and I are brewing a special collaboration today. Something we’ve never really seen brewed in Atlanta. Personally when I think of the south I think about sweet tea. Why can’t that be a beer? No one has tried it before. Why not us?
So that’s what we did. We created an amber ale heavy on caramel malt. While the base was boiling, we made separate whirlpools of orange pekoe tea (that’s sweet tea if you’re wondering), orange peel and coriander. Those flavor additions went in near the end of the boil. Later we will add a little more tea to the brite tank. A team of brewers and reps from various craft breweries are here to help taste test it.
If you are in or around Atlanta, join me for the first ever Beer Street Journal party at Cypress Street. We are going to celebrate southern craft brewing, food, art, music and more. I promise you there’s no better way to spend a Saturday.
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project ( Somerville, MA) has just released their second ever collaboration Our Turn, Your Turn. This new beer is brewed with New Zealand based Yeastie Boys. Sam “The Grandmaster” Possenniskie from Yeastie (smuggled, legally imported, drug muled) a suitcase full of New Zealand grown Southern Cross hops to create a transcontinental take on a wheat beer. .
For a fun twist, the brewers added Linden flower tea, which adds a little honey/jasmine touch to the brew. The name Our Turn, Your Turn symbolizes the transfer of summer from the northern hemisphere to the southern hemisphere. Available now if you are in Pretty Things distribution reach.
Style: Wheat Beer (w/ Linden Flower Tea)
Hops: Southern Cross, Brambling Cross
Availability: 22oz bombers. One time brew
7% ABV, 25 IBUs
Redd’s started off with Apple Ale. A fruit beer (brewed with apples) that went national late in 2012. The confusing brand is expanding their lineup with Strawberry Apple Ale, and now Apple Ale Iced Tea. By the looks of it, Redd’s it banking on the success of flavored variations.
Early numbers show the success of the Apple Ale, even though it has been confused as a cider, and gluten-free. Redd’s is brewed in Albany, Georgia.