Council Brewing Releases Les Saisons Barrel Aged Dry-Hopped Rustic Saison

31 March 2016

imageFrom Council:

Beer Description: This the first release of our barrel aged Les Saisons series, where we will be using strains of Brettanomyces and different hop varieties to incorporate the essence of the season. For our Spring 2016 release, we used East Kent Goldings and Hallertau Blanc hops to bring a fresh floral note. The combination of the French oak barrels and yeast provide an earthy wine character and a dry finish. Pour into a tulip glass and allow plenty of space for the foam to grow and release its bouquet.

Brewer’s Notes: “We didn't want this beer quite as tart as Nicene (still a splash to add a crisp note) and wanted it more in line with the profile of rustic European Saisons being brewed today.” Learn how our Barrel Program Director, “The Wild Man” Jeff Crane, and Head Brewer, Liz Chism went about creating this beer in our latest blog post,
Les Saisons Spring 2016 Release.

Release Date: Les Saisons will be released in the Tasting Room today, April 1st(NO JOKE). We will have a keg on tap and bottles available for sale. The price per 750 ml bottle is $18, limit 4 per person.imageHere’s the 2017 version.


Left Coast Releases Red Tide Spring Seasonal

imageFrom Left Coast:

Left Coast Brewing Co. is excited to announce that the Red Tide, their limited edition spring seasonal brew, is available today. As one of Orange County’s first microbreweries, Left Coast is committed to regularly updating their beer program with new recipes and seasonal brews. Red Tide joins their award-winning full-time beers including the Trestles IPA and Del Mar St. Lager, which recently won Silver at the prestigious European Beer Star in Germany.

Left Coast’s Red Tide, an American Belgian-Style Red Ale, blends West Coast hops and caramel roasted malt with a Belgian yeast character. The ruby red brew is hoppy, spicy and slightly roasted with a dry malt finish. Beer aficionados across the country can enjoy Red Tide in 22 oz. bottles and kegs until June 2016 or while supplies last.

“Here at Left Coast we enjoy combining great styles. Red Tide combines a Belgian-style red with a hoppy American-style red. It’s something new for the palate to enjoy,” said Tommy Hadjis, General Manager at Left Coast Brewing Co.


Name: Red Tide

7.1% ABV, 36 IBUs

Availability: Limited 22 oz. bottles and kegs, beginning April 1

Hops Variety: Simcoe, Zythos, Amarillo

National Distribution: California, Hawaii


Read more... Highlights The Samuel Adams Adventures In Lager Variety Pack

We brought you some of these beers (here, here & here) and a peek at this unique variety pack, so I was really excited to get a chance to sample my way through the beers.  This is the Samuel Adams Adventures in Lager Variety Pack, and as you’ll see, it really highlights the flavor profiles and varieties across the “Lager Spectrum.”

This variety pack includes returning favorites, some limited edition brews and the new Samuel Adams Ella Blanc IPL

As you can see from my photo, the Adventures In Lager variety pack includes Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Ella Blanc IPL, Noble Pils, Double Bock, Double Black and Double Pilsner…so without further adieu, here’s your taste-bud tour.

We started with Boston Lager (4.9%-AbV, 30 IBU) because we wanted to start with a familiar baseline lager.  This beer remains full-bodied with a well balanced malty character.  The hops are slightly floral with a lingering citrus finish and the finish is clean.
Next up we simply couldn’t resist the new Ella Blanc IPL (6%-AbV, 65 IBU).  This beer smells, feels and even tastes like a traditional IPA, but with a crisper and cleaner finish.  Australian Ella hops add some fruity but slightly resinous notes and the German Hallertau Blanc hops add floral and subtle spice flavors.  This is a really nice IPL.
From there we sampled the familiar Noble Pils (4.9%-AbV, 34 IBU) and found it to be floral and citrusy with a slightly sweet finish.  Noble Pils uses all 5 Noble hop varieties so the flavor and complexity of the hops really makes this beer shine.
Next up we hit Double Pilsner (8.6%-AbV, 80+ IBU) and in the sequence we chose, this new beer was much hoppier than I thought it would be.  Loads of resinous and tropical fruit flavors thanks to the Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble hops (yes this is a single-hop beer) and a really complex and distinct finish….and shhhh…this beer hits 8.6%-AbV!
We chose Double Bock ( 9.5%-AbV, 25 IBU) next and it was full of malty, boozy and intense caramel sweetness.  You can’t miss the 9.5%-AbV in this award-winning and historic beer (Samuel Adams first seasonal release in 1988) and we found the balance and warming flavors every bit as good as we remembered.
Finally we sampled Double Black (9.5%-AbV, 25 IBU) and this black lager had rich dark fruit flavors with a roasty caramel-sweet finish.  This double schwarzber finishes with a chocolately sweetness and a surprising clean finish.

As you can see, the Samuel Adams Adventures in Lager Variety Pack is a real adventure for your palate.  From hoppy to sweet, you’ll find a wide spectrum of flavors and wide variety of aromas in this pack.  Add in mouthfeel and color and you’ll find something for everyone. 

Be sure to find the Samuel Adams Adventures in Lager Variety Pack pack and taste the beers side by side like we did…and as always, be sure to let us know what YOU think.


Stone Arrogant Bastard Coming To 16oz Cans Six-Packs

imageIt’s not exactly a secret…but Stone Arrogant Bastard will be hitting 16oz canned six-packs.image
Since Arrogant Bastard Ale was first unleashed upon the unsuspecting public in 1997, the brand has been braving bold territory, and upsetting dandies, milquetoasts and fizzy yellow beer drinkers in great numbers. Massively successful, and ever full of vip and vinegar, Arrogant Bastard Ale split off from the restrictive confines of Stone Brewing in 2015. And now, the brethren of Liquid Arrogance are free to explore, cavort and roam how they damn well see fit. For those Worthy few that wish to gaze upon the musings of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Double Bastard Ale, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard or other Bastard beers, follow along via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and


Troegs Scratch # 236 Hibiscus IPA Coming Today

From Troegs:

A lovely pink hue, a vibrant floral aroma and a berry-like tanginess. Tastes as good as it sounds. 7.4% ABV, 45 IBU. Draft and growlers only.


Jester King Ol' Oi Bottles Coming 4/1

From Jester King:

When our tasting room opens tomorrow at 4pm, we'll be releasing blend 4 of Ol' Oi -- Barrel Aged Sour Brown Ale! (5,000 bottles available. $16/750ml. No bottle limit.)
Here's our tasting room menu for what should be a beautiful weekend:


Stone Citrusy Wit Bottles Coming As Specialty Seasonal

I brought you a peek at this beer a few days ago, so I’m excited to be the first to show you the bottle label.  This is Stone Citrusy Wit and it is a “cleverly twisted wit” brewed with tangerine, Kaffir lime leaf, coriander and Mandarina Bavaria hops.  This specilaty seasonal release actually uses a tangerine Kaffir coriander infusion and it will be packaged in 12oz bottles and kegs.  Stone Citrusy Wit will hit 5.6%-AbV and it will follow Pataskala Red X IPA in their 2016 seasonal rotation.  Stay tuned here for release details.imageimage


Lagunitas - The Low Down Ale - 3.9%-AbV

Here’s your first look at a new Unlimited Release beer coming from Lagunitas.  This is The Low Down Ale and it appears to be a session beer aimed at a summer relase.  This “more hoppy & more carbonate” beer will be packaged in 22oz bottles and the beer hits a sessionable 3.9%-AbV.  Stay tuned here for release details.


Harpoon Limited Edition - Harpoon Ale Bottles

Here’s a new beer coming to bottles from Harpoon.  This Limited Edition beer is called Harpoon Ale and it is “the first beer in decades to be brewed and bottled right here in Boston…Carefully made in small batches…”  Harpoon Ale will use Cascade hops and a “rare top-fermenting yeast” and it will be packaged in 12oz bottles.  This beer hits 4.8%-AbV and 25 IBU…stay tuned for release details.


Sun King Brewery Welcomes New President Bob Whitt

imageFrom Sun King:

Indianapolis (March 31, 2016) - Sun King Brewery, Indianapolis' largest beer brewer, the second-largest brewer in Indiana and the largest brewer in Indiana that distributes beer exclusively within the state, announced that Robert Whitt, former executive director of White River State Park (WRSP) for more than 11 years, will become Sun King's president and a co-owner of the brewery. In this role, he will focus on the brewery's growth and business operations, human resources, finance, safety and legislation. Omar Robinson, co-founder and co-owner, will officially retire in April, yet he will remain a member of the brewery's board and continue to provide strategic counsel.

"Omar's entrepreneurial spirit and business experience significantly contributed to driving Sun King's growth from 0 to 30,000 barrels in a little more than six years, and we will miss having him impart his knowledge and passion here every day at the brewery," Clay Robinson, co-founder of Sun King, said. "While leadership transitions can admittedly be challenging, we are fortunate to gain Bob on our team. His extensive operations experience, dedication to giving back to Indiana communities and passion for local food and beverages - especially Sun King - make him the perfect fit for this role."

Whitt and Sun King co-founders Clay Robinson and Dave Colt will continue to foster the company's significant growth across Indiana through expanded statewide distribution in bars, restaurants, and liquor stores; increased production of Sun King's high-qualityhouse, seasonal and specialty beers; and continued improvements in its technology, methods and equipment. Recent improvements include the brewery's new centrifuge, state-of-the-art canning line and expansion of its downtown brewery in order to house new fermentation tanks that will nearly double the brewery's production capacity.

In addition, the brewery plans to expand Sun King's Community Partner Programstatewide. Over the past seven years, the program has worked with more than 300 community-based organizations and has helped execute thousands of community-related events that have had a multi-million dollar impact through donated beer, gift bags and time spent working with organizations like Second Helpings, The Little Red Door, Teachers' Treasures, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, The Indianapolis Zoo, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and many more.

"I've been a fan of Sun King's dedication to consistently brewing quality beer, its uncompromising company values and its commitment to Indiana communities for years," Whitt said. "I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of Sun King's next chapter of growth as we continue the brewery's work of making great beer that is 'uniquely Indiana' in order to enrich the lives of Hoosiers - one beer at a time. I'm excited that we'll be supporting even more great community organizations across this state."

During his tenure at WRSP, Whitt oversaw the development and operations of all the Park's facilities, which host more than 3 million visitors annually at The Indianapolis Zoo, White River Gardens, Victory Field Baseball Park, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, the IMAX Theatre, the Indiana State Museum, the NCAA Hall of Champions, The Lawn music venue and more. Whitt also sits on the National Institute for Fitness and Sport board of trustees and the Visit Indy advisory and marketing advisory boards. He has been active in major events such as "Spirit and Place" and "DigIN" (where he serves as a founding board member). He also served as a Host Committee co-chair for the 2012 Super Bowl and on the Host Committee for the 2015 NCAA Final Four.

Drawing inspiration from the people and community of Indiana, Sun King crafts three house beers and has produced more than 250 different varieties of Fresh•Local•Beer, dozens of which have been awarded national and international medals for their exceptional quality, flavor and consistency.


Deschutes Adding Armory XPA, Down ‘N Dirty IPA, Big Rig, Pinot Suave, Hop Slice & Black Butte XXVIII

imageWe’ve brought you a peek at these beers already, but some additional details from Deschutes:

Armory XPA (March); Down ‘N Dirty IPA (April); Big Rig (April); Pinot Suave (May); Hop Slice Session IPA (May); Black Butte XXVIII (June)

Armory XPA

When:            Year-round starting now

What:  Bond Street Series (now in six-packs…12-ounce bottles and draft)

It’s fitting this experimental pale ale was the first beer brewed at our Portland Pub and now it’s made its way into six-packs. But, in the typical style of our creative brewing team, the experimentation doesn’t stop there: they’ll be changing out the featured hops in this brew every few months. The inaugural 2016 version gets its bitter twist from Nugget, and Northern Brewer hops, then delivers a pronounced citrus kick from Cascade, Centennial and Citra hops. Next round will be brewed using experimental hop number 07270, and then who knows? Consider this your next hop obsession.

Where:                        Everywhere Deschutes is sold

Beer Geek Information:  5.9% ABV  |  55 IBUs


Down ‘N Dirty IPA

When:            Year-round starting in April

What:  Mainline Series (22-ounce bottles only)

Originally developed and named for The Dirty Half marathon, a longtime beloved staple of the Central Oregon trail running community, Down ‘N Dirty IPA is (obviously) the perfect post-run brew. Cascade and Centennial hops deliver bright citrus notes against the earthy bitterness of Bravo hops, balanced by a biscuity malt body.  For non-runners, we recommend drinking it while you watch those marathoners speed by, or perhaps pair it up at dinner with a tasty elk burger.

Where:                        Most everywhere Deschutes is sold

Beer Geek Information:  6.3% ABV | 80 IBUs

imageBig Rig

When:            Year-round starting in April

What:  Mainline Series (22-ounce bottles only)

This classic Pub Ale has been an annual favorite at our pubs for years, and now it’s heading down the road…in bottles. Inspired by a love for outside play (and the big truck driven by one of the beer’s original brewers), Big Rig balances a smooth, silky maltiness with crisp, floral notes and just the right bitterness from Crystal hops. Good time to drink? Anytime and anywhere, preferably with a side of sweet baby back ribs

Where:            Most everywhere Deschutes is sold

Beer Geek Information:  6% ABV | 46 IBUs


Pinot Suave

When:            Early May

What:  Reserve Series (22-ounce, wax-dipped bottles and draft)

Smooth and slightly sexy…Pinot Suave is a Belgian style beauty aged in French oak and Pinot Noir barrels filled with Pinot grape must.  Part of our limited Reserve Series lineup, this new beer is the first of five releases not to be missed in 2016. The result is a unique flavor profile with some delicate notes of acidity and wine tannins. The light malt body makes sure the berry flavors stay at the forefront.

Where:                        Limited quantities available most places Deschutes is sold

Beer Geek Information:  11.2% ABV  |  15 IBUs


Hop Slice Session IPA

When:            May-September

What:  Seasonal  (12-ounce bottles and draft)

We’re celebrating summer in a fresh way this year…by introducing a brand-new seasonal to our lineup: Hop Slice Session IPA. This new beer invites fans to “grab a slice of summer” with floral hop notes and crisp lemon refreshment. Hop Slice is brewed with Meyer Lemon, characterized by a more delicate aroma than the standard lemon, complemented by Azacca, Galaxy and Amarillo hops. This session IPA packs the hop flavor of an IPA in a light bodied beer crafted for a long summer day.

Where:            Everywhere Deschutes is sold

Beer Geek Information:  4.5% ABV |  45 IBUs


Black Butte XXVIII

When: June 27

What:  Reserve Series (22-ounce, wax-dipped bottles and draft)

Every year, we celebrate our anniversary with an imperial, barrel-aged version of our flagship Black Butte Porter. Our brewers love to experiment and they always add some fun new ingredients to this beer to celebrate. In the past, you may have found chilies, cranberries, pomegranate molasses, dates, figs and other such treats. This year, our brewers tell us that they’ve added goodies like peated malt, cocoa, vanilla and sweet orange peel…all aged in bourbon and scotch barrels.

Where:                        Limited quantities available most places Deschutes is sold


Clown Shoes - Third Party Candidate 2016: Phil (Filthy!) Thomas

imageFrom Clown Shoes:

Is anyone else tired of hearing people say they are thinking of moving to Canada or to Costa Rica? Not that we don’t get the reasoning…

Our political system terrifies people who aren’t insane, with real life comic book villains dueling it out to claim the role of The President of The United States of America.

During the last election cycle Clown Shoes released a beer called Third Party Candidate.  Our friend, Geoff Dale from Three Heads Brewing, graced the label, displaying the Three heads hand signal which many people sadly mistook to be “the shocker.”

That beer was a joke, just a bit of fun the first time.  No one expected or wanted Geoff to win, though he earned a few votes.

This time, Third Party Candidate 2016 features our California Clown Shoes representative: Phil (Filthy) Thomas.

Filthy is not a joke.  While indeed a human version of a comic book character, he’s a hero, not a villain.

Ok, I can’t help myself: Phil owns a higher IQ than John Travolta in Phenomenon, has perfected more dance moves than Beyoncé, breaks more concrete slabs with his forehead than Chuck Norris in his prime, surfs ninety foot waves on a longboard, and he can sing with greater sweetness than angelic choir boys pouring their hearts out as they render Ave Maria.


But forget all of that for a moment. The forthcoming blunt fact will sway your vote: Filthy is not an asshole.

America, we need help. Tell your friends. Post on all branches of social media. Take megaphones and homemade posters to the streets.

Phil T. ! Phil T. ! Phil T. !

Yes. Please.

Keep America Clean: Vote Filthy!

Gregg Berman

(P.S Oh yeah, the beer itself!  The 2016 Version of Third Part Candidate is an Imperial Pale Lager, dry hopped heavily with Idaho 7, Sterling, and Columbus.)


Breckennridge Brewery - Stranahan’s Well Built Burton Style Ale

Here’s your first peek at another new bottle coming from Breckenridge Brewery.  This is Stranahan’s Well Built and it is a Burton Style Ale aged in Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey barrels.  This collaboration is barrel-aged for 3 months before being packaged in 750ml bottles.  Stay tuned for AbV and release details.


Bell’s Brewery Named One of the 2016 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For® in West Michigan

imageFrom Bell’s:

COMSTOCK, MIBell’s Brewery is proud to announce that for the second year in a row, it has been named as one of theBest and Brightest Companies To Work For® in West Michigan.

The National Association for Business Resources annually recognizes the most influential, trend setting companies regionally and across the country. Bell’s was also named as one of the Best and Brightest Companies To Work For® in the U.S. by the MBPA this past December.

“It's our employees’ collaboration, dedication and passion that makes our company the amazing place to work that it is,” Carrie Yunker, Director of Human Resources at Bell’s said.

The competition identifies and honors companies who display a commitment to excellence in their Human Resource practices and employee development. 

“We’ve said it before, happy people make great beer. Taking care of our extended Bell’s family is crucial and a very important piece of who we are as a brewery,” she said.

An independent research firm evaluated Bell’s on key measures in various categories including Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives; Strategic Company Performance and the Best of the Best Small Business, Medium Business and Large Business.

“Companies that recognize that their employees are the key to their success achieve staying power. Our 2016 winners create their human resource standards to ensure employee satisfaction and they set standards for every business to aspire toward,” said Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO of the MBPA, in a press release.

An award ceremony, honoring this year’s recipients and awarding this year’s new elite awards, will be held in Grand Rapids in May.


Kelsey Grammer Planning To Open Faith American Brewing In The Catskills

imageThe executive director of the New Yor State Brewers Association, Paul Leone, is reporting that Kelsey Grammer, best known for his role in the TV show “Cheers” is in the initial planning stages of opening a brewery.  The brewery will be called “Faith American Brewing” and it iwll be located in Margaretville, NY in the Catskill mountins of New York state.  The brewery is named for his daughter Faith, and it will be located on a former farm with plans to rehab an existing barn and grow his own barley and hops.  Initial plans call for a 2017 or later opening.


The Bruery - Trade Winds Tripel Coming 4/1

From The Bruery:

The dawn of April signals the coming of summer, so let’s get the season officially underway with the release of Trade Winds, our summer seasonal. Trade Winds is our take on a Belgian-style tripel with a twist: the addition of Thai basil, complementing the fruity and spicy notes we love this time of year. Bottles and draft will be available when we open at noon on Friday. Bottles will also be on sale on

In addition, we’ll be tapping a drier, crisper variation of the tripel recipe from our pilot brewery. Called Trade Windier, this version features double the hops and quadruple the Thai basil. Because you can never have enough of either. Choc-tee’ (“cheers!” in Thai.)


Weyerbacher IPA # 1 Coming 4/1

imageFrom Weyerbacher:

Let's start with our first single IPA for our rotating series! IPA #1, features a blend of classic hops, Centennial and Cascade, along with new varieties, Calypso and Equinox. This 5.5% ABV IPA has citrus and floral notes that meld into citrus and tropical flavors with an herbal undertone that ties it all together.
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Traveler Beer - Count Traveler Blood Orange Shandy

We brought you the keg label last June, and now we get to see the bottles.  This is Count Traveler and it is a blood orange shandy (wheat ale brewed with lemon & blood orange).  This is a 12oz bottle and the shandy hits 4.4%-AbV.  Stay tuned for release details.  As a bonus, we also have the updated packaging for Eurodiesel Traveler Cola Shandy (4.4%-AbV).


Jester King To Begin Selling Beers From The Bruery

From Jester King & The Bruery:

We’re very excited to announce that starting this weekend, beer from The Bruery in Orange County, California will be available at our tasting room! The Bruery is one of the places that helped inspire the creation of Jester King. In particular, our founder Jeffrey Stuffings looked toward The Bruery in 2008-2009 for guidance both in terms of brewing and starting a business. We couldn’t be more excited to sell their beer alongside ours in our tasting room!

On Friday and Saturday,
Jardinier and Gypsy Tart will be available by the glass and at bottles to go. On Sunday at Noon, we’re having a special event at Jester King with The Bruery foudner Patrick Rue! Jardinier, Gypsy Tart, Mischief, White Oak, and Imperial Cabinet will be on draught, and Jardinier, Mischief, Saison Rue, Gypsy Tart, White Oak, Imperial Cabinet, and So Happens It’s Tuesday are available at bottles to go! It’s worth noting that Imperial Cabinet is the first collaboration beer we’ve brewed outside of Texas that we’ve been able to legally sell in our tasting room, which we’re also very excited about. We hope to see you this weekend!


5 Rabbit Cerveceria - 5 Grass Desert Pale Ale

Here’s a new bottle coming from 5 Rabbit Cerveceria in Bedford Park, IL.  This is 5 Grass Desert Pale Ale and it is brewed with spices as well as New Zealand Wakatu and 4 other hops.  This is a 12oz bottle and the beer hits 6.4%-AbV and 60 IBU.


Full Sail Releasing Session Mashup Variety Pack

From Full Sail:

Hood River, OR– Just about everybody who likes beer likes Session, and now everybody will have more to love with the release ofSession Mashup, a new variety 12-pack with a rotating, handpicked selection of the best each season has to offer.

“Imagine you’re at our pub in Hood River on the outdoor deck overlooking the mighty Columbia,” says Jamie Emmerson, Full Sail’s Executive Brewmaster. “We thought it’d be great to share a mix of stubbies, just like ordering an iced bucket of Sessions. The Mashup is a bit of our pub in every box.”

The inaugural Session Mashup, available now, features four of our award-winning Session beers: crisp cleanSession, citrusy golden Session Wheat, easy drinking Session IPA and smooth and sweet Session Cream.

Session Premium Lager, the Session that started it all with its retro-cool red label, is a classic, all-malt lager that’s crisp, smooth and refreshing. Session Wheat Premium Hefeweizen is a medium-bodied, American-style Hefeweizen featuring aromas of malted wheat with a citrusy hop finish. Session IPA Premium Pale Ale is the just-right IPA – not too hoppy, not too bitter, not too malty. And Session Cream Premium Summer Ale is a golden ale with a creamy head and a smooth, sweet disposition.

“The Mashup is a variety of Sessions for your next Session,” says Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter. “An array of flavors to accompany whatever spring has to offer, all from the classic Session stubby. Enjoy!” Full Sail’s new variety pack is a mashup of Sessions to satisfy every beer tooth. After all, why have a beer when you could have a Session?

Have a good Session!


BrewDog Release Shipwreck & Hop Fiction Today

From BrewDog:

The end of the week is fast approaching, so thoughts are likely turning towards a craft beer or two. Well, as if we were mind-readers, rolling along in perfect time we have a couple of beers launching in our online shop today! One is a zesty pale ale perfect for the lengthening evenings, the other is a flavourful aged beer ideal for when the sun fails to hold its end of the bargain.

Ship Wreck

You can buy Ship Wreck here

Collaborating with others breweries is always awesome – everyone learns something new, and you get to hang out with interesting people. Back at the end of 2015, Ballast Point came over to Scotland and we brewed a Mezcal-inspired strong ale that went into two different Scotch whisky casks. Soon afterwards, however, they sold out to an (ironically) Mexican distributor and left the ranks of craft beer forever. So we had a decision to make. What about the beer?

It was quite simple. The hard work and imagination of our brewteam deserves to be heard, irrespective of the misguided decisions of others.

So we have decided to release Ship Wreck as a redacted collaboration beer – and (in a metaphor for craft brewing) it is not for the faint of heart. The depth and complexity of the barrel-ageing result in a kick of peaty smoke to tie together with the smoked malt and agave syrup. Alongside, the woodsy oakiness of the Speyside cask act with the citrus edge of the US hops to lead the beer away from the dark smoky deeps and into more complex direction altogether.

Hop Fiction

You can buy Hop Fiction here

As a sure sign that the year is speeding up, also launching today is our second seasonal of 2016 – Hop Fiction. Our April to June release follows on from Arcade Nation and is an explosively tropical US Pale Ale designed to lift everyone from the long winter slumbers. It does this through the application of brewhouse techniques deployed with only a single intention in mind – hop flavour.

Our latest seasonal revels in early and late hopping – additions in the mash and whirlpool at the start, and then a generous level of dry-hopping at the end leave the beer with two complementary surges of rounded citrus and light stone fruit (so think mango, lychee and apricot), with rising hop-laced bitterness. Hop Fiction is the perfect beer with which to blow away those early-year cobwebs.

Both beers are live in our online shop right now and will be in our UK bars from 6pm tonight, Thursday 31st March. Two very different beers, embracing skill, technique, flavour – and above all, independence. If you get a chance to sample them. leave your tasting notes in the comments below!


Allagash Brewing Co. Celebrates Local Sustainable Agriculture with “Sixteen Counties”

imageFrom Allagash:

As every grade school student in the state of Maine learns through song, there are “sixteen counties in our state.” It is in honor of these counties that Allagash Brewing Company has named its first new year round beer in two years: Sixteen Counties.

“Sixteen Counties is named to honor the rich tradition of farming in the state of Maine,” says founder and brewer Rob Tod. “The quality of Maine-grown malts for brewing has been steadily improving and we’re excited to be able to showcase these farms in a beer.”

Grains and malts in this new beer come from farms around Maine. Maine Malt House and Blue Ox provide malted barley (“base malt”), Aurora Mills Organic provides oats, and Maine Grains Alliance provides unmalted wheat.

Sixteen Counties will be available year-round in 750ml cork & cage finished bottles across Allagash Brewing distribution footprint, and on draft in bbl. kegs at select locations; the beer will be sold for the first time in the Allagash tasting room on Saturday, April 16. (While previous Allagash releases have shared this name, this new release is an entirely different beer.)

“Sixteen Counties has a bright copper hue with aromas of lemon rind, flowers, and candied grapefruit,” says Allagash brewmaster Jason Perkins. “The first sip opens with herbal hop notes, wheat-cracker, and citrus and ends with a balanced, dry finish.”

Allagash Brewing Company has used products from local farms dating back nearly a decade. Currently, they source fruits from Doles Orchards (strawberries, cherries, plums), Goss Berry Farms (raspberries), Applecrest Orchards (peaches), Pineland Farms (pumpkins, strawberries), Tavern Hill (blueberries).

“We’re proud to donate a portion of the proceeds from this beer to help support organizations focused on sustainable agriculture and family farming in Maine,” says Allagash Brewing philanthropy program manager Kate Benthien. In 2016, philanthropic grant recipients will include MOFGA, Maine Grain Alliance and Maine Farmland Trust.

About Sixteen Counties

Availability: Year-round (Coming this spring)
Package Size: 750 ML, 1/6 BBL kegs
ABV: 7.3%
Grains: Maine Malt House 2-row Malted Barley (Buck Farms), Blue Ox Malthouse 2-row Malted Barley, Raw Wheat (Maine Grains), Oats (Aurora Mills & Farm)
Hops: Jarrylo, Chinook, Centennial


Burglar Breaks Into Restaurant To Drink Oskar Blues

imageFrom WBIR:

According to Knoxville Police Department public information officer Darrell DeBusk, an intruder broke into the Tomato Head on Saturday, March 26…

The only other sign the burglar had been there? The person helped himself to a Dale's Pale Ale, from the
Oskar Blues Brewery based in Longmont, Colo., according to police.


Solemn Oath Brewery - Wreckage Master Double IPA & Fun Sponge Cans

Here’s a new bottle coming from Solemn Oath Brewery in Naperville, IL.  This is Wreckage Master and it is a double IPA that will hit 8.5%-AbV and be packaged in 22oz bottles.  We also have a new can for Fun Sponge Belgo-American Blonde Ale (12oz Ball can, 4.8%-AbV).


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