Gov. Terry McAuliffe pulled a temporary tap inside a Fredericksburg warehouse Thursday, filled a Strangeways Brewing glass with beer and took a sip.
“Ah, that’s good,” he exclaimed. “It’s good to be governor!”
McAuliffe was at the former Burton’s Menswear warehouse at 350 Lans-downe Road to give Neil Burton, founder of Strangeways Brewing in Henrico County, $150,000 from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Forestry Industries Fund toward opening Strangeways Brewing Fredericksburg.
Fredericksburg’s Economic Development Authority will match the grant in $50,000 installments over three years.
Last year, Two Roads Brewing Company from Stratford, CT and Evil Twin Brewing Company, originally from Denmark, made a trip to Iceland to find brewing inspiration from its landscape and cuisine. The trip resulted in a new collaborative beer called Two Evil Geyser Gose. This beer, which is brewed with Icelandic kelp, birch smoked sea salt and Icelandic skyr, became such a hit that it is still sold today. Two Roads and Evil Twin had such a good time making Geyser Gose that they decided to pursue future trips to celebrate craft beer culture and local cuisine in other countries while having a good time along the way.
In the second of this Two Evil series, the team trekked to South America to find unique ingredients and brew a collaboration pilot batch at Cervecería Barbarian in Lima, Peru. Cervecería Barbarian opened its doors in 2011 and is one of the first breweries in Peru to make craft beers. The host brewers at Barbarian shared their passion for craft beer and Peruvian cuisine, and were incredibly accommodating and hospitable.
"When we picked Peru for this year’s collaboration, it was because we love the country, its food & culture and because we wanted to do something very different from last year’s trip to Iceland,” said Evil Twin Brewmaster Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø. “Peru has become one of the leading countries for gastronomy over the last five years and we wanted to check out the beer scene there that's still young but growing rapidly. Peru didn't disappoint.”
Two Roads and Evil Twin have paid homage to Incan heritage by using three Peruvian staple foods in this brew: Sweet potatoes, purple mais and aji panca chili peppers. Pachamama is a goddess revered by the indigenous people of the Andes; she is known as the earth mother in Incan mythology. Given that the main ingredients of the 6.5% ABV porter come from the rich Peruvian soil, the two breweries thought the name Pachamama fit this product beautifully.
Two Roads Master Brewer Phil Markowski added: "In designing Pachamama Porter, we were looking to incorporate the traditional staples of Incan cooking; purple corn, chili peppers & sweet potatoes in a respectful and measured manner. I feel we achieved all of that. The beer has a leaner body from the use of corn, a distinctive nuance from sweet potatoes and just the right amount of heat from the Peruvian favorite aji panca chili peppers. And importantly, it all remains in balance to produce a unique yet imminently drinkable porter."
The beer will be released in both Evil Twin’s and Two Roads’ markets on draft and in 4-Pack 16 oz. cans. The beer will also be available in the Two Roads' tasting room starting the week of October 4th.
On Saturday, October 1st, Weyerbacher Brewing will be releasing Double IPA #3 from their revolving IPA series.
Weyerbacher’s IPA series brings IPA fans four new IPAs each year. Simply called IPA or Double IPA, this revolving small batch series is a great way to enjoy the freshest Weyerbacher IPA. Each new recipe will feature different hops that have been carefully selected by Weyerbacher’s brewers.
Double IPA #3 is a 9% ABV Black IPA made with the classic “C” hops (Cascade, Centennial and Columbus) with lots of Amarillo in the dry hop. English barley malts and midnight wheat create a velvety smooth base on which these hops shine.
In addition to The Tap Room release on Saturday, October 1st beginning at 12:00 pm, Double IPA #3 will be available in select markets throughout Weyerbacher’s distribution area.
From Bear Republic:
Sonoma County, CA (September 30, 2016)—Every season has a great beer, this season it’s Racer X. Racing back to shelves, this highly anticipated and elusive Double IPA is one of the most desired beers around.
Racer X will make its return in 22oz. bottles and will be on draft at select retailers, bars, and restaurants where Bear Republic beer is sold, beginning in October. It will be available, locally, at the Healdsburg brewpub on Saturday, October 1.
“Racer X is bold with a California-spin,” said Bear Republic Brewmaster/COO, Richard “Ricardo” Norgrove.
With kettle and dry hops of Cascade, Columbus, and Centennial, this full bodied beer will satisfy your need for hops without leaving you hungry for more malty substance.
Norgrove continued, “It really embodies the role of big brother to Racer 5 with flavorful hops and a sleek, strong malt base.”
Along with exceptional praise and admiration from fans over the years, Racer X has earned a rating of 95 fromBeer Advocate and a 100 from Ratebeer. Since it was originally created by the Brewmaster over thirteen years ago, it has been released annually since, with limited availability nationwide.
About the Beer:
Notable Awards: Racer X is a four-time winner at the California State Fair, with three silver medals and one bronze.
Beer Description: Racer X is an uncommon Double India Pale Ale which puts a California twist on English brewing traditions by adding an assertive hop aroma and bitterness that compliments the firm malt backbone. Like its little brother Racer 5, Racer X is balance in a bottle.
Availability: Limited 22oz. bottles and draft
Hops: Cascade, Columbus, Centennial
ABV: 8.3% – IBUs: 100+ – Color: Copper – Double IPA
Pairing Suggestions: Barbecue, Beef, Poultry, Pork Dishes, Bold Cheeses, Aged Cheddar and Hard Cheeses
Overall: Racer X is a very hoppy Double IPA that pairs well with hot, spicy foods and strong flavors.
This morning we get to see a new bottle coming from Widmer Brothers. This is PDX Pils and it is a hoppy pilsner (and an ode to their hometown of Portland, OR). This beer uses toasted malts and Northwest hops and the beer hits a very drinkable 4.8%-AbV. This is the 12oz bottle and stay tuned for release details.
We brought you an early peek at this beer back in Aug, and now it looks like there’s a new label before this brew even hits the streets. This is New Belgium Whizbang and it is a hoppy blonde ale that will remain at 5.7%-AbV. This beer uses Mosaic hops and it will be packaged in 12oz bottles.
From Jester King:
We’re pleased to introduce Jester King 2016 Vernal Dichotomous — our farmhouse ale brewed with grilled lemons and smoked paprika. Like a number of the beers we make, we took inspiration from the culinary world. In our opinion, brewing beer is an extension of cooking. In this case, we loosely mimicked a very simple, but delicious seafood preparation — grilling, a squeeze of lemon, and a dash of smoked paprika.
2016 Vernal Dichotomous was brewed in June of 2016 with Two Row malted barley from Blacklands Malt, Vienna, Spelt, Rye, hops, grilled lemons, and smoked paprika. The grilled lemons and smoked paprika were added at the end of the boil. It was fermented in stainless steel with our mixed culture of brewers yeast, native yeast, and native bacteria. It was then packaged in August, and 100% naturally refermented. At the time of packaging, 2016 Vernal Dichotomous was 5.2% alcohol by volume, 25 IBU, 4.2 pH, and had a gravity of 1.002 (0.5 Plato).
2016 Vernal Dichotomous will be released at Jester King when our tasting room opens at 4pm on Friday, September 30th. We have approximately 6,000 bottles available (750ml/$14), and some of the batch will be distributed in Texas by our friends at Flood Independent Distribution.
Today we get t see several new Beer Geek bottles coming from Mikkeller San Diego. Beer Geek Cocoa is an imperial stout brewed with cocoa beans (12.1%-AbV), Beer Geek Vanilla is an imperial stout brewed with vanilla and coffee (12.1%-AbV) and Beer Geek Desert is an imperial stout brewed with cocoa and vanilla (10.9%-AbV). These are all 22oz bottles.
From Monday Night:
We have big news. We are building a 2nd brewery focusing on barrel-aged and sour beers. We are building this brewery along one of the largest urban renewal projectsin the country: the BeltLine. We are planting an urban orchard to aid in wild fermentation. We are opening a 2nd tasting room as part of this new development. We hope to be open Summer 2017.
Okay, let’s start at the beginning. The past few years our barrel-aged beers have won numerous awards, ranging from Gold at the Great American Beer Festival for Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt, to Silver at the World Beer Cup for Laissez-Faire Cabernet Barrel Wheat Wine. Our barrel program has quickly become an integral part of who we are as a brewery, and it’s also something we’re pretty good at. Unfortunately, we simply don’t have the room at our Westside location to do all the things we want to be able to do.
We started thinking about additional space for barrel-aging, but before we got too far down the road, we realized we needed to approach this potentially large business decision via our stated purpose:
Monday Night Brewing exists to deepen human relationships over some of the best beer in the country.
We can never forget that inviting friends and strangers into the garage to brew on Monday nights is how we got started. The ability to help build and shape community is why we wanted to open a brewery in the first place. With deepening human relationships as the end goal, we realized we needed to add a couple things to our search criteria:
- Space for barrel-aging and souring
- Physical location in an underserved part of Atlanta
- Tasting room as key component of buildout
We ended up finding an amazing spot along the BeltLine’s Southwest corridor, currently under construction and slated to open next summer. We thought long and hard about building in the City again. Frankly, we were courted seriously by other cities in Georgia and other states as well. Ultimately, we love this city and want to help build something great here. We are part of the Lee + White Development (at the corner of Lee St. and White St.), which will be home to other local food producers including Southern Aged Cheese, Doux South Pickles, and Honeysuckle Gelato. As if that wasn’t tantalizing enough, here are some things we have planned for the 22,000 sq ft space (for reference, our current facility is 20,000 sq ft):
- Multiple barrel-aging and souring rooms
- Wild/open fermentation capabilities
- Tasting room with patio along BeltLine
- Orchard (fruits will be used in beer production and will also aid with wild fermentation)
- Dog- and bicycle-friendly outdoor space
- Paintings of dinosaurs
As we now begin the process of planning and buildout, we have started reaching out to the various neighborhoods and organizations operating around us. We obviously want to make sure this new space is economically viable, but we also want to make sure we are building something that enhances and reflects the community that surrounds it. Southwest Atlanta isn’t as developed as the Westside, but it is already home to vibrant communities such as West End and Adair Park. We hope to be a meeting place for these neighbors, to employ these neighbors, and to invest back into the community when possible.
As our plans unfold, we’ll continue to update you on the yet-to-be-named new space. Which leads us to the obvious question – any ideas on what we should call it?
This is Fast Forward IPA from Evil Twin. This beer is actually a double IPA that will hit 9%-AbV. According to the label, this beer is an “unhurried” IPA and it will be packaged in 22oz bottles at Westbrook.
Here’s another new can coming from Coronado Brewing. This is Guava Islander and it is a Tropical IPA brewed with guava puree. This beer uses Centennial, Chinook and Columbus hops and the beer will come in at 7%-AbV. You’re looking at the 12oz can and stay tuned for release details.
Today, Deftones have announced a new beer made in collaboration with San Diego's Belching Beaver Brewery. It’s called the “Phantom Bride IPA,” in reference to “Phantom Bride” from their latest album Gore. The beer is a “West Coast style India Pale Ale,” according to a press release, made from a mixture of hops (“Mosaic, Amarillo, Simcoe, and Citra”) that were handpicked by Chino Moreno. Below you can find an image of the beer. It will be made available at retailers on October 3.
As of 10/1, Chinooker’d IPA will be available in draft and bottles. This award-winning IPA recipe is chock full of Chinook hops and bursting with pine and citrus aromas and flavors. Careful, more than one of these will getcha schnocker’d!
Beginning 10/13, in celebration of our favorite baseball team the Boston Red Sox and the iconic David Ortiz “Big Poppy”, you will find Big Hoppy (draft and bottles), a dark and devious brew that reflects a resinous and sticky fusion of intense bitterness, big roasted barley flavors, and powerful dank aromas. Made with HUGE additions of five hop varieties and seven malts to create a bold flavor profile.
Starting 10/20 you will find draft and bottles of Maple Nipple Ale which is a big and rich maple ale loaded with Vermont’s finest maple syrup from start to finish. Our hearty Vermont maple ale is a unique and tasty brew that is smooth and strong so watch out!
All of the above three special Vermont bottle releases will be available at the Warren Store, Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury and Beverage Warehouse
VT and CT will receive their usual fresh deliveries of Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #2 in cans and draft.
We are voluntarily recalling batches of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale and Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale. You can be reassured that there are no health or safety effects from consuming these beers, but these particular batches did not meet our stringent quality standards for flavor and color.
This voluntary recall affects ONLY Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale & Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale with Born on Dates of July 1, 2016 – Sept. 19, 2016. The Born on Date can be found on the neck of the bottle and will be displayed as 070116 – 091916.
If you have beer that falls within this recall, please return it wherever you purchased it.
Fresh, new Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale should be available this week. Regretfully, Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale will not return until next year.
We apologize for the inconvenience. We appreciate your patience, loyalty and support as we work to return Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale to market as soon as possible.
Your Friends at Alltech’s Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co.