26 October 2016
Today we are going to look forward to the beers we will be releasing next year, but 2016 has seen our world-beating brewhouse team light up the world of craft beer with some amazing releases. Jet Black Heart, Kingpin, the return of Blitz, Restorative Beverage for Invalids and Convalescents, our revamped Abstrakt series, the unique LIVE Beer release of Dead Pony Club and much more.
But 2017 is set to be even better.
As with all our beers, we stand or fall based on the quality of what is in your glass – stand by for our Ellon brewhouse update as to how exactly we are doing that – but in the meantime, here’s how your drinking year is set to shape up…
Dead Pony Club
Jet Black Heart
With the last two beers on that list arriving in 2016, our Headliners are locked and loaded for next year. Covering the bases of different styles they are our go-to beers, delivering amazing levels of flavour whether you are after a session pale ale or an oatmeal milk stout. We are psyched to have dialled in our Headliners to where they currently are – look out for a continuing focus on their quality throughout 2017.
The success of these two beers has been amazing – Nanny State we simply can’t brew fast enough as the idea that alcohol-free equates to taste-free is blown out of the water. The other Tuned release Vagabond is also doing really well – although we are considering giving the beer more body and depth of hop flavour whilst retaining the all-important gluten-free aspect. So we may potentially amp it up to Vagabond Gluten-Free IPA (leave us your thoughts below!).
Fans – and there are many – of our intergalactic imperial stout needn’t be concerned about its absence from our 2017 Amplified range; we have moved Tokyo* to a more fitting stable as part of our High Octane releases. Jack Hammer, Elvis Juice and Cocoa Psycho remain, but Hardcore IPA will be discontinued. Time has overtaken our original Double IPA – it is a beer more suited to 2007 than 2017 when you look at the world of highly hopped big-hitters. So we have decided to retire it. However…
2017 High Octane:
Born to Die
Tactical Nuclear Penguin
For our tenth anniversary, we are brewing up the big guns. Paradox, TNP and Tokyo* are ongoing ordnance, and in 2017 will be joined by Hop Shot (stay tuned for more details on that innovative throwback). And then there’s Born to Die. To fill the Hardcore void we have decided to truly unleash the promise shown by Born to Die and raise the ABV from 8.5% to around 9.5%, making it the juiciest, most resinous Double IPA in the UK. And then get it to your hands as quickly as possible.
Yes, you read that correctly Zeitgeist fans – our black lager is back in the bigtime, becoming our seasonal release for January to March 2017. The winter seasonal at the other end of the year will also be looked at again – but the other adjustment for this range is how we will bring them to you. For 2017 our seasonals will be released on draft and packaged in 330ml cans and 660ml bombers – so you can take them to a park or picnic, or open one to share at home.
2017 Wild Cards and Abstrakt:
Nine to Five Wizard
Kamikaze Knitting Club
No, really. So in 2017 we are looking to standardise how – and when – we release our small-batch beers. Every quarter we will be releasing a wild card from the list above (the actual order may change), in 330ml cans. At the same time we will look to release the latest Abstrakt, on the same day. So in one fell swoop you’ll be able to get your hands on two limited releases showcasing the innovation of our brewery team – one to drink right away and another to age.
We'll bring you fully up to date with the progress on our forthcoming Sour beer facility on Friday as part of our Ellon update (spoiler alert - the plot of land over the road is living on borrowed time); but in terms of the beers that will be emanating from the site, we have a lot of amazing plans. For years we have wanted to do sours justice - but for years we have known that to do so requires a specialised facility, a lot of different types of wooden barrels, and a whole lot of time. Well, in 2017 we will have all of these, so get ready for BrewDog Farmhouse ales, more Berliner Weisse and beers highlighting the majesty of Brettanomyces and wild yeast. More on Friday!
Aside from the specific beers in the list above in 2017 we will continue our quest to spread the good word about great beer. As a result we are looking to brew more bespoke beers for specific craft beer festivals, and will do this by extending our Pilot Kit (more on that on Thursday). Also, following its trial-run in July we are set to relaunch our real ale for modernists LIVE Beer, and elsewhere in our beer planning we have a very, very special release planned for April and our tenth birthday.
As we said earlier, this is a draft plan at the moment so let us know your thoughts, questions and suggestions by leaving a comment below. Rest assured, we will continue to make the best beer possible and focus on flavour, quality and freshness above all else. And we will then give you the recipes so that you can have a go at home (DIY Dog will also return in 2017).