Foothills Announces 2015 Sexual Chocolate Release Details

27 January 2015

imageFrom Foothills:

Time once again to don your parka, pack up your sleeping bag and head to Foothills for our Annual Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout Release on January 30 and 31. If you've been with us before for this most special of days, then the details below will be familiar to you. Read them anyway. If this is your first time, then congrats on scratching this particular shindig off your Craft Beer Bucket List. You too must read on carefully.

- Foothills will host its traditional Bottle Share Pre-Release Party on Friday night January 30th beginning at 7:00 pm, in the brewery portion of our brewpub at 638 West 4th Street in Winston-Salem. Here's how it works: we open up the back of our brewpub to anyone and everyone who brings a bottle or two (or three or four) of their favorite rare, unique or coveted craft beer. Interpretation of that description is up to you, but show up with a 6-pack of Blue Moon and we're not responsible for the incessant mocking which will certainly ensue. We'll have Sexual Chocolate on tap at the bar, and appetizers to snack on if you're famished.

- The line to buy Sexual Chocolate bombers (22-oz. bottles) will begin on the sidewalk outside the front door of the pub. You're welcome to queue up any time after we close at 2:00 am the previous evening. So for once you don't have to actually go home at closing time. NOTE: please do not, repeat, DO NOT, start lining up before we close. Violators will be sent to the back of the line and force-fed Lime-A-Ritas.

- City police officers will be on hand overnight. No doubt this will prove to be for cosmetic purposes only, since we all know what a well-behaved lot craft beer enthusiasts are. There’s a rumor that those nice officers will let you enjoy your own, um, refreshments until daylight. We can neither confirm nor deny . . . we will, however, refer you to the aforementioned good behavior. Wink wink nudge nudge.

- There'll be portable restroom facilities in the back parking lot. We're thoughtful like that.

- Around 6:30 am we'll all run a lap around the block. Only finishers get their beer. Just kidding. We’ll have our bleary-eyed but cheerful staff on hand at that time to distribute numberedwristbands to denote your place in line. (Captain Obvious says make sure you have your ID with you.)

- The pub will open at 8:00 am, Sexual Chocolate will be tapped and waiting (as will 14 other beers - viva le variété). We'll also have breakfast available for purchase. You know, solid food. If that's your thing.

- Bottle sales will commence at 9:00 am. You’ll be summoned by your wristband number in groups of 50, whereafter you'll pay for your bottles in the pub then proceed in somewhat orderly fashion to the brewery in back, where you'll receive your beer.

- Bottles are $15 each, limit of 6 to a person. Any questions about that? Then the answer is 15 and 6. (btw that is an increase from the 4 bottle max of the past. You're welcome.) We take all forms of payment -- cash, credit cards, your firstborn . . .

- Bottles tend to get snapped up quickly. This is the part where we politely suggest that, if you want to partake in this beer, please please please plan accordingly. If you show up at 3 in the afternoon and complain bitterly that there's none left, you will only create bad karma for yourself. That and the staff will be doing impressions of you until next year’s release.

- Another way to create bad karma? Trying to take the easy way out and asking us on Facebook/Twitter the best time to get in line. Please believe us when we say WE DON'T KNOW. Every year is different. So suck it up and come stand in line. Hang out. Make friends. Be one with us. Or, if you REALLY don't want to camp out, you can buy a spot at the front of the line with proceeds going to charity. Details and link below.

- We don't provide boxes or bags - that would expand our carbon footprint exponentially. Please bring something to safely cart away your newly purchased liquid treasures. How big you ask? About 6 bottles big.

- No growler fills of Sexual Chocolate. And no growling about no growler fills.

teku glass

- We will have plenty of Sexual Chocolate Rastal Teku glasses for sale ($15). They're very cool. Somehow the beer tastes better in them.

Want to stay up to date on all the latest leading up to this event? Then follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Also check back to this blog, we'll update it frequently with new info. In fact I just now added this sentence.

Headed here from out of town? The Winston-Salem Marriott (walking distance from the pub) has a special $89 rate just for Sexual Chocolate attendees.

Curious about the history of Sexual Chocolate? Read all about it here. Or watch an incredibly hip video about it here.

Last but not least: it's our 10th Anniversary. Expect surprises. Also be prepared to grab our limited edition anniversary t-shirt ($10) and pint glass ($5).


Founders To Appear On BrewDogs TV Show w/Eisbock

Here’s a photo from Founders Brewing showing off the filming of an episode of the BrewDogs TV show.  Our pals James Watt and Martin Dickie were on hand to brew an Eisbock style beer with a special rig that was submerged in Higgins Lake for the brewing.  The beer itself will be released at a party at Founders on 1/28 at 6PM.  This from Founders:

We're happy to welcome the Brew Dogs crew to Grand Rapids--they shot some footage in our brewery today. Join us in our taproom tomorrow evening around 6pm to taste the beer that will be featured on the show.


New Belgium and Terrapin Collaboration: Black is the New Wit (Video)

From Terrapin & New Belgium:

Terrapin Beer Co. welcomed New Belgium brewmaster Peter Bouckaert into their facility for a collaborative brew on December 11, 2014. Black is the New Wit Imperial Black Rye Wit is a traditional Belgian wit brewed with Terrapin brewmaster Spike’s signature rye malt. The addition of black wheat and dehusked roasted barley in the mash gives the beer its unusually dark color.


New Belgium - Whiskey Barrel-Aged Salted Belgian Chocolate

This is only a keg label, but here we have New Belgium Brewing Whiskey Barrel-Aged Salted Belgian Chocolate.  This looks like a barrel-aged version of the Lips Of Faith Salted Belgian Chocolate stout, however this one has a higher ABV of 11.2%.  Stay tuned for more.


Clown Shoes - Hoppy Feet 2.0 Black IPA

Here’s your first look at Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet 2.0.  This Black IPA will use “twice the hops and al of the knowledge gained during 5 years of brewing Black IPA’s.”  Hoppy Feet 2.0 will be package din 22oz bottles and the beer will come in at 10% ABV.


DuClaw - X9 865cc Coffee Stout

Here’s the 9th experimental release in the X series of beers from DuClaw….and X9 is called 865cc Coffee Stout.  This beer uses locally roasted Café Racer XXX 865cc Coffee, it will be packaged in 12oz bottles and the beer come sin at 6.2% ABV.


Pizza Boy - The Hardest Part IPA

This is only a keg release so far, but today we get to see Pizza By Brewing The Hardest Part.  This IPA will come in at 7% ABV.


Stillwater Artisanal / MillStone Cellars Debauched Cider With Hops

Here’s an interesting co-brew coming from Stillwater Artisanal and MillStone Cellars.  This is Debauched Cider and it is a cider with hops smoked with Juniper and Applewood.  This is “a collaborative reimaging of Stillwater Artisanal Ale’s Debauched, a Scandinavian Farmhouse Ale, Infusing smoked juniper and applewood apples into a blend of our funk forward barrel aged and dry-hopped cider.”  This cider will be packaged in 750ml bottles and it will come in at 7% ABV.


Wasatch Brewery & Squatters Craft Beers Post Increase in 2014

imageFrom Wasatch & Squatters:

Salt Lake City – (January 27, 2015) – Utah’s pioneer craft brewers Wasatch Brewery and Squatters Craft

Beers annual production rose 18 percent in 2014 to 52,000 barrels, right in line with the craft beer

industry growth rate of 18 percent. “We focused on deepening sales in our existing markets in 2014

rather than expanding our distribution footprint resulting in a tremendous out-of-state growth rate of

73 percent,” acclaims Greg Schirf, founder of Wasatch Brewery, “and in what is considered a non-drinking state to the outside world, Utah backyard sales were up 11 percent.”

The brewery’s top-sellers are IPA’s - Squatters Hop Rising Double IPA (9%ABV) and Ghostrider White IPA

(8% ABV) by Wasatch, followed by award winning session brews Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale and

Wasatch Apricot Hefeweizen. "We owe a lot of our growth to the continuing IPA craze,” Schirf said

“which has allowed our brewers to develop our portfolio, releasing unique seasonals, and staying

connected with craft beer drinkers on a more innovative level.”

A busy brew house did not slow down other initiatives, Squatters and Wasatch unveiled new packaging

and released 6 new beers including an award winning seasonal line-up by Squatters including Bumper

Crop Honey Ale and Black Forest Schwarzbier and the much sought after Black O'Lantern Pumpkin

Imperial Stout and Apple-A-Day Apple Ale under Wasatch. They toasted to Squatters 25th Anniversary,

“brewing fabulous craft beer in Salt Lake City these past twenty-five years is worthy of raising ones glass,

being in the craft beer forefront monumental,” smiled Squatters founder, Peter Cole. Simultaneously

they opened a second 5,200 sq. ft. Wasatch pub location in the revitalized neighborhood of Sugar House


Acknowledgment poured in 2014 adding 6 medals to the brewery wall - 2 Great American Beer Festival

medals and 4 North American Brewers Association medals, bringing their award totals to date 30 and 64

respectfully. Other highlights included Squatters Fifth Element Farmhouse Ale recognized as the highest

rated beer in Utah, 100 on ratebeer (, and the Wasatch Polygamy Porter name,

established in 2001, called out three times as one of the most unique craft beer names in the US.


Schirf expects the brewery to top this growth milestone by brewing in excess of 70,000 barrels in 2015.

"We're poised for growth. In 2014 we improved efficiencies, added fermentation tanks and focused on

people, doubling our crew," Schirf said, "there's a confidence we can reach our goals with existing

capacities, and to continue to release new beers in 2015."


• Squatters Wee Peat Scottish Ale – Year Round

• Wasatch Apple-A-Day Apple Ale – Year Round

• Squatters Bumper Crop Honey Ale – Summer Seasonal

• Squatters Black Forest Schwarzbier – Fall Seasonal

• Squatters Vienna Märzen – Fall Session Seasonal

• Wasatch Black O’Lantern Pumpkin Imperial Stout – Fall Seasonal


• Wasatch Apricot Hefeweizen, 2014 Bronze Great American Beer Festival, Fruit Wheat Beer Category

• Squatters Hell's Keep Belgian Golden Strong Ale, 2014 Gold Great American Beer Festival, Belgian Style Strong Ale Category

• Squatters Bumper Crop Honey Ale, North American Brewers Association, Herbed, Spiced Category

• Squatters Hell's Keep Belgian Golden Strong Ale, 2014 North American Brewers Association, Belgian Golden Strong Ale Category

• Squatters Wee Peat Scottish Ale, North American Brewers Association, Scottish Style Export Category

• Wasatch Last One In Summerbrau, 2014 Silver North American Brewers Association, Dortmunder, Export Category


Ninkasi Dawn of the Red Goes Year Round in Flagship Series

imageFrom Ninkasi:

EUGENE, Ore.—Ninkasi Brewing Company announces the addition of Dawn of the Red, an India Red Ale, to its year-round Flagship Series lineup starting February 15 across the brewery’s distribution footprint.

Originally released as a Rare & Delicious (R&D) Series beer, an experimental small-batch series, Dawn of the Red was first brewed out of a want to offer an IPA using new hop varieties, including El Dorado and Mosaic hops. The beer immediately became a favorite, advancing itself to the Ninkasi Special Release Series in 2014. Once again, the fanfare for this beer was undeniable, making it an easy decision to add it to the 2015 Ninkasi Flagship Series.

“The idea for this beer was to make a super drinkable, hoppy beer with a touch of caramel malt to bring some dryness and malt-flavor into the finish,” explains Ninkasi founding brewer and co-founder, Jamie Floyd, who had been wanting to brew an IRA for some time.

Ninkasi’s Flagship Series lineup offers a full spectrum of beer styles, including the brewery’s first Flagship beer – Total Domination IPA – alongside Tricerahops Double IPA, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and a year-round German-Style Helles Lager, Lux.

Find all Ninkasi Flagship Series beers, here:

Join a Dawn of the Red Zombie Pub Crawl, February 13 & 14!
Ninkasi will be hosting zombie pub crawls in 18 cities across the west, February 13 and 14. Participants will get the first taste of this beer before its official release on February 15. Locations and details can be found online at Costumes are encouraged.

Dawn of the Red Stats
An IRA bursting with tropical notes, this beer finishes juicy with a subtle malty backbone. After one taste, it’ll leave you wanting more. It doesn’t take brains to know this IRA is a delicious choice any time of year!

Style: India Red Ale
Series: Flagship Series
Available: February 15-December 31, 2015
ABV: 7.0%
IBU: 75
Starting Gravity: 1072
Malt: 2-Row Pale, CaraRed, Crystal, Flaked Barley, Black
Hops: Galena, Millennium, Ahtanum, El Dorado, Mosaic
Packaging: 12oz. 6-pack, 12oz. Variety 12-Pack, 22oz. Bottles, 22oz. Variety 4-Pack, Draft
Distribution: Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Nevada; Oregon; Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Tasting Notes: Mango, papaya, pineapple and stone fruit notes burst out with bitterness up front. Sustained by a subtle malt flavor, this beer finishes smooth, leaving one ready for the next sip of this flavortastic beer!

Food Pairings Chicken, Seafood, Burgers, Spicy Cuisine like Thai or Mexican, Fish Tacos, Savory French Toast


Harpoon Suspends Brewing Due To East Coast Blizzard

From the Boston Globe:

For the first time since its founding in 1986, Boston’s Harpoon Brewery is suspending production of its beer, citing the imminent blizzard.

“We based this decision on concerns for the safety of our colleagues, and consideration for emergency personnel and snow removal crews working on the roads,” said Al Marzi, the company’s chief of brewing operations, in a statement. “We are timing this shutdown in such a manner that we can control the process of brewing and packaging to assure the highest quality.”


Modern Times Releasing City Of The Dead Bottles

From Modern Times:

Our next 22oz release was bottled today & hot damn is it ever a devastator. City of the Dead is a 7.5% ABV export stout spiked with 140lbs of our house-roasted bourbon barrel-aged coffee! 

Rich, full-bodied, & bursting with barrel-aged coffee aroma & flavor, this coffee stout is truly a unique & delicious animal. We were the first brewery to ever make beer with barrel-aged coffee, and now we're the first to do a large-scale bottle release. And, of course, we roasted it all ourselves. Cool stuff!

But you may be asking yourself, "
WTF is a bourbon barrel-aged coffee bean?" Totally reasonable question! That blog post from back in January of 2014 explains the process & how we use it to make super awesome beer. 

Bottles of City of the Dead go on-sale at both tasting rooms tomorrow & start hitting shelves around SoCal later this week. You should be able to find it at most places you saw City of the Sun. 
Side note: City of the Sun bottles will be back at both tasting rooms tomorrow, too.

In other news, we finalized the can designs for our upcoming seasonals  and they are looking mad sexxxy. First in line is Booming Rollers, a 6.8% ABV IPA that is loaded with Citra, Motueka, and Centennial hops. 

If you liked City of the Sun, Booming Rollers will definitely be your jam. It's a blastwave of Citra radness & a super tasty, firmly bitter beer. Expect to see cans & draft all around SoCal starting the first week of March.

THIS WEEK we've got three great events planned in L.A. & you should definitely come party with us, if for no other reason than to drink the cask of City of the Dead w/ vanilla beans & the keg of Nitro Cold Press Coffee. It'll also be a rad opportunity meet some of the folks behind Modern Times while drinking a spectacular array of beers that don't normally leave our tasting rooms.


Monday Night Brewing - Master Splinter

This is only a keg label, but today we have Monday Night Brewing Master Splinter.  This ale is aged on maple wood chips and it will come in big at 9% ABV.


No-Li Rise & Grind, Born & Raised & Mosh Pit Hit 4-Packs

image From No-Li Brewhouse:

No-Li Brewhouse is creating Spokane-Style beers with no boundaries.  That is, taking local, fresh and distinct ingredients from the Pacific Northwest and creating innovative recipes that serve as a remedy for the redundancy that has flooded the craft beer industry.  Their 4-pack line up is no exception.

Mosh Pit Tart Cherry Ale
This tart ale allows drinkers to experience a 100% all natural fruit beer without artificial flavorings, preservatives or adjuncts. The balanced sweet and tart flavors are courtesy of cherries and cranberries grown in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
7.5% ABV, 15 IBUs
Malt: 2-Row
Hops: Cluster, Cascade
Other: Cranberry & Cherry Purees

Rise & Grind
Truly unique milk stout that features Gemelli coffee freshly roasted less than 2 miles from the brewery. Rise & Grind – it’s a wake-up call, a brewer’s breakfast. This smooth and luscious ale imparts flavors of coffee, chocolate and toasted grain.
6.1% ABV, 22 IBUs
Malt: 2-Row, Extra Special Roast, Dark Chocolate Malt, Black Malt, Flaked Oats
Hops: Liberty
Other: Lactose, Coffee Grounds

Born & Raised IPA
This big, bold copper-colored ale showcases Munich & Crystal malts to create a big supportive body on which we layer our favorite Washington hops. Chinook & Cascade provide citrus and piney flavors, while Northern Brewer adds a hint of mint. Dry-hopping with Cascade and Columbus increases the beer’s hoppy aromas. Malt, hops and yeast-derived fruitiness combine to create our most complex offering.
7% ABV, 85 IBUs
Malt: 2-row, Crystal, Munich
Hops: Cascade, Columbus, Chinook, Northern Brewer, Cluster
Dry-Hopping: Columbus, Cascade

With No-Li’s 4-packs serving as a canvas to showcase the diversity, uniqueness and exceptional quality of Northwest ingredients, it makes perfect sense that the landscape of the Inland Empire will serve as home to No-Li’s new brewery.

“No-Li was Born & Raised in Spokane and it’s humbling to be a part of the evolving craft beer culture here,” says John Bryant.  “No-Li is a platform for exploration in beer creation and we need to make more to explore!  With each success we have, we see it as an opportunity to highlight what our hometown has to offer.  Building Spokane’s first independent, regional brewery since Prohibition would be our way of paying homage to our roots while looking ahead to the future.”

As No-Li realizes their dream of a new brewery, one 4-pack at a time, one thing remains certain: Spokane-Style beer will continue to feature the best of the Northwest to break down the boundaries of redundancy and reinvigorate beer!


Mispillion River Releasing Seven Swords Golden Stout

imageFrom Mispillion River:

Milford, DE – Mispillion River Brewing is releasing Seven Swords, a golden stout, exclusively to their tasting room.

Part of the “100 Bottles of Beer” series, Seven Swords sparkles golden as the sun, but hides the strong chocolate notes and mouthfeel of a night black stout. This 8.5% ABV beer completely betrays the senses. The moniker Seven Swords was inspired by the tarot card “deception”.Head Brewer Ryan Maloney, stated, “We wanted to make a beer for all of the people who ‘don’t drink dark beers’ to challenge their perception of color and flavor. Seven Swords will definitely have you questioning everything you thought you knew.” 

This beer is only available at the brewery while supplies last.


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