Terrapin Reserve Series - Maggie’s Blackberry Cobbler

29 March 2015

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We brought you news of this beer back in Feb, and now I’m excited to give you’re your very first peek at the beer.  This is a Reserve Series 2015 from Terrapin and the beer is called Maggie’s Blackberry Cobbler.  This imperial farmhouse ale is brewed with graham crackers and fresh blackberries, it will be packaged in 22oz bottles and the beer will hit 8.55%-AbV.  This beer will hit the shelves in May and it will be followed by Tiramisu-Hoo in Nov and Cinnamon Roll’d Wake-n-Bake will return (last released in 2013) in Dec.
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Sierra Nevada - Hoptimum 2015 Now

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Here’s a peek at the 2015 version of Sierra Nevada’s classic Hoptimum Whole-Cone Imperial IPA.  This beer will remain at 10.4%-AbV and 100 IBU and this is the 12oz bottle packaging.


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Alaskan Brewing Rough Draft Series - Cran-Spruce

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Here’s your first look at a new brew coming to the Alaskan Brewing Rough Draft Export Series.  This is Cran-Spruce and it is an ale brewed with cranberries and spruce tips.  This beer will be packaged in 12oz bottles and it will come in @ 5.8%-AbV.  Stay tuned for release details.
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3 Floyds - Big Freedia Ale Bottles

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Here’s a new bottle coming from 3 Floyds in Munster, IN.  This is Big Freedia Ale and it pays tribute to the band Big Freedia who will play at Dark Lord Day 2015.  This is a 22oz bottle and no word on style or AbV so stay tuned.
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Schlafly - Holliday Red Lager

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Here’s a new limited edition beer coming to bottles from Schlafly.  This is Holliday Red Lager and this pas tribute to Matt & Leslie Holliday and this beer will support their educational programs in St. Louis.  This beer will be packaged in 750ml bottles (limited run of 1200) and it will come in at 7%-AbV.
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DuClaw - Hop Continuum No 2- Mosaic Red IPA

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Here’s your first look at Hop Continuum No 2 from DuClaw Brewing in Baltimore, MD.  This Red IPA uses 100% Mosaic hops, it will be packaged in 12oz bottles and kegs and the beer will come in @ 6%-AbV.
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East Coast Beer Beach Haus - Parade Day, Hopbahn, High Side, Machine, Toast & Herb’s Rye Bottles

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Here’s your first look at a bunch of new bog bottles coming to East Coast Beer’s Beach Haus Brewery.  Today we have Parade Day Stout, Hopbahn Double IPA, High Side Blonde Ale, Machine Session IPA, Toast Black IPA & Herb’s Rye wheat beer.  These are all 750ml bottles and stay tuned for AbV and release details.
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Anchor Brewing Revises ABV For Summer Wheat To 4.5%

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We brought you the first peek at this beer and now today you get to see the 2015 packaging for Anchor Brewing Summer Wheat Ale.  This beer will have a lower 4.5%-AbV form the original packaging of 5%-AbV…and this is the 12oz can and bottle and 22oz bottle.  Stay tuned for release details.
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Beer Table Table Beer - Omnipollo Edition

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Here’s the latest version of Beer Table Table Beer project.  This series strives to show off the one beer each brewer would brew if they could only have one beer to drink for the rest of their lives.  This edition comes from Henok Fentie at Omnipollo, it is inspired by milk (no milk in the recipe) and it will come in at 5%-AbV.  As always this will be packaged in 22oz bottles at Westbrook.
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Sea Dog - Sunfish Coming To Cans

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Here’s a peek at the can packaging for Sea Dog Brewing Sunfish.  This ale brewed with peach & grapefruit flavors will remain at 4.6%-AbV and the beer will now also be package din 12oz cans.
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Magic Hat - Lucky Kat IPA Returns

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Here’s the latest label coming from Magic Hat for Lucky Kat.  This IPA will carry a more prominent “IPA” on the label.  This beer will remain in 12oz bottles and kegs and at 5.8%-AbV.
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Smuttynose Big Beer Series - Scotch Ale Returns

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Here’s the latest label for Smuttynose Scotch Ale as it returns to the Big Beer Series.  The beer remains the same and it will be packaged in 22oz bottles.
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Tuckahoe Brewing Foster The Funk Batch 1 - Marigolden

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Here we have batch 1 from the Foster The Funk series from Tuckahoe Brewing Co in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ.  This is Marigolden and it is a golden sour ale that goes through primary fermentation with New Jersey Sacchromyces, a secondary fermentation with Brettanomyces and then a fresh dose of apricots in the oak barrels for the final fermentation.  This beer will be packaged in 25oz bottles and the beer will hit 5.8%-AbV.
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Three Taverns Craft Beers Monastic Series - Single Intent

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Here’s your first look at a new beer coming to the new Monastic Series from Three Taverns Craft Beers in Decatur, GA.  This is Single Intent and it is a Belgian-style single that will use Belgian Strisselspalt hops.  This beer is package din 12oz bottles and it will come in at 5%-AbV.
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Oliver Winery & Vineyards - Beanblossom Hard Cider - Original & Peach - A First Sampling

28 March 2015

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A big thank you to everyone at Oliver Winery & Vineyards for giving me a chance to sample not one but two different Beanblossom Hard Ciders….and if that’s not fun enough, they happened to hit on what is possibly my favorite cider flavor of all time….Peach!

Beanblossom Hard Cider was started in 2014 by Oliver Winery & Vineyards in Bloomington, IN.  As it turns out, the state of the art winemaking equipment at Oliver, is perfect for crafting hard cider and with their $1-Million investment in their new filling machine, the time was right to produce hard cider. 

We started with Beanblossom Original and right out of the box I was impressed.  Made with Midwestern apples, this Original flavor is loaded with fresh apple aroma and of course it is loaded with fresh apple flavors.  The taste is bright and flavorful, and the finish is crisp and clean.  I really liked the level of carbonation and if I told you how amazing this cider paired with some Cabot extra-sharp cheddar, you’d be ordering some today.  All kidding aside, this cider is really good, and paired with sharp cheddar it is a home run.

I shared the Original flavor with Mrs. BeerBuzz and some cider-loving family members (who all loved it), but knowing how much I knew I’d love the Peach flavor, I decided to save it just for the two of us.  Beanblossom Peach starts out with some apple aroma, but the flavors quickly meld into a soft and delicious peach medley.  I love peach, but this peach cider is loaded with flavor, and the only thing I can imagine that would make it better, would be drinking it on the beach in mid-August.  Peaches in the aroma, peaches in the flavor, but all that with a crisp clean apple finish…that’s Beanblossom Peach.

Both ciders are packaged in 25.4oz bottles with great artwork from Kevin Pope….and what’s hard to display in pictures is that the labels have an embossed feel to them with a dental edging on the top and bottom.  These labels not only look great, but they feel amazing.  I honestly found myself playing with the labels while we were sampling….they’re gorgeous.
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It goes without saying, but these ciders are both gluten-free and Oliver Winery & Vineyards tells me they retail for less than $10 per bottle.  Both hard ciders come in at 9%-AbV, so they are perfect for sharing with friends and family…and with Easter on the horizon, I think I’ve found the perfect Easter basket gift.

Be sure to try Beanblossom Hard Cider for yourself…and let me know what you think.  I’d recommend the Peach flavor, but the Original flavor is every bit as good.  Thanks again to everyone at Oliver Winery & Vineyards.  For more info on Beanblossom Hard Cider check out www.oliverwinery.com.

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