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.
Captain’s Log, Stardate 94410.92: Made bold by the successful endeavor of their German Chocolate Cake inspired stout, our cosmonauts set a new course to further explore the galaxy of cacao nibs and ethereal coconut within the deep space of decadent, bourbon barrel aged stouts.
Please pay very careful attention to all of the listed details and stipulations. There will be no exceptions to the release structure outlined below -- your purchase signifies your thorough understanding of the following...
Ticket Purchase Details
Once you've selected your desired bottle quantity and hit Checkout, Eventbrite treats the registration page as a waiting room with a six minute time limit. Have your Government Issued ID (drivers license, passport, or military ID) and form of payment on hand and ready to go. You'll want to move through that screen as quickly as possible - the tickets are officially yours once you've hit complete and the credit card payment has been processed.
Online ticket sales will begin on Sunday, October 16th at 12:00pm PST and will end on Friday, October 21st at 11:59pm, or when tickets have sold out. Tickets are $21.95 each, limit three per person.
Tickets may be redeemed for 500mL bottles of "Space Trace" at the Bottle Logic Tasting Room beginning at 12:00pm on Saturday, October 22nd until 8:00pm on Sunday, November 6th during regular Tasting Room hours only. Please visit bottlelogic.com for hours and location.
The name entered as the Ticket Buyer must match the name on the credit card used for purchase. Conflicting orders will be deleted. When retrieving your bottles, you must present your valid ID and the information on your ticket must match.
- We are not offering proxy features with this sale. Any orders that attempt to work around the bottle limit will be voided entirely. Arbitrary misuse of Tier Three bonus bottle codes will result in complete revocation of status. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to these standards.
- To exchange your tickets for bottles, you must bring your tickets (printed or mobile) and show your VALID ID that matches the name and ID number on the ticket -- it's a good idea to have your ID ready when the online sale begins! Expired, hole punched or otherwise damaged IDs will not be accepted, even with DMV paperwork – this has been and will continue to be our house policy.
- If tickets do not sell out online, bottles may be available for purchase in the Tasting Room after the sale concludes.
We’re hosting the Space Trace release party on Saturday, October 22nd where you will be able to enjoy draft pours of Space Trace (on draft from open to close), themed specialty beers, and exchange your Eventbrite tickets for bottles. No tickets are necessary to attend, everyone is welcome! This will be the easiest and most festive opportunity to pick up your bottles!
To reiterate, the absolute FINAL day to pick up bottles purchased in this online sale is Sunday, November 6th. If you are not COMPLETELY certain that you’ll be able to pick up during the October 22nd - November 6th window, seriously DO NOT BUY the bottles. Bottles not retrieved from the Tasting Room by 8:00pm on Sunday, November 6th will be surrendered back to the brewery and immediately refunded, relinquishing you of any claim.
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.
This morning we get a peek at two new bottles coming from Arcade Brewery in Chicago, IL. Mega Milk II is an imperial oatmeal stout brewed with cocoa, molasses and Aleppo peppers (10%-AbV) and Concrete Traffic is a Roggenbier-style ale brewed with sweet orange peel, lime & salt. This beer is the 1st release in the Vanguard series and it is brewed in partnership with Concrete Happenings (7%-AbV). These are both 22oz bottles.
We brought you a peek at this beer back in March, and now some more details from Hoppin’ Frog:
We have brewed a really tasty Chocolate Martini Imperial Stout (!) as a collaboration with dark beer experts Lervig Brewery in NORWAY!! This was the 2nd. of 3 great collaboration brews we made in Europe this year, and then came back and brewed it here at Hoppin' Frog. It was a great match-up of skill making this dark specialty brew together, which clocks-in at a whopping 12% abv! Check-out this cool video I shot of us brewing this crazy, inventive beer we named Sippin' Into Darkness, at their big 200 HL brewery in Norway. Beer Release on 10/15 at 11:00 a.m.
TULSA, Oklahoma -
Hanson is in talks with the Tulsa Development Authority to build a brewery and studio in the Brady Arts District.
Paperwork shows the group's record label as overseeing the project that would be housed where the LA King building is currently located on North Boston Avenue downtown.
The TDA would provide $2 million in loans to help develop the brewery and recording studio that would also house retail and office space.
From Goose Island:
Thank you all for making this year's block party one for the record books- together we raised over 75 thousand dollars for the following Chicago charities: Chicago Canine Rescue / Chicago Parks Foundation / Foundations Of Music / Greater Chicago Food Depository / & the Chicago Blackhawks charities. Cheers!
During the summer months, Chicago neighborhoods hold block parties right on the city streets, featuring live music and plenty of food and drink. Over the past several years, we've held our own 312 Urban Block Party outside of the brewery in similar fashion. Only with way more beer. And jorts.
To Wong Brew Thanks For Everything Julie Brewmar
Smoked Milk Brown Sour
ABV: 6.5%| SRM: 24 | IBU: 24
A fabulous smoked brown milk sour for Swayze Day
It’s only a keg label, but we love giving you an early peek at an upcoming beer heading to the Icon Series from Saint Arnold. This beer will be Icon Blue and it is a chocolate weizenbock. Stay tuned for more details and packaging.
Join us tomorrow, October 1st, for our Reforged XXI & Noble Empire Release Party
A recap of our time roamin' around Yakima Valley during Hop Harvest Week 2016, set to the sweet sounds of Jesse Ray and the Carolina Catfish.
For more of a look at the the harvest process, read our Brewmaster's Log: bit.ly/HopHarvestWeek16
From Saint Arnold:
The next beer in our Bishop's Barrel series started as an idea of how to make a beer like a cocktail without adjuncts or spices. The Old Fashioned was the inspiration, as it's a favorite of the brewers. With that, we knew rye whiskey barrels would need to be the vessel this beer would rest in. Lucky for us, we were able to source WhistlePig Rye Whiskey barrels.
The base beer for Bishop's Barrel No. 15 is an English Barleywine. The style focuses on malt complexity, rather than hops like an American Barleywine. Test brews consisted of a dry hop post aging with Amarillo hops to add a citrus-like character. But after several trials, we felt the hops were distracting from an already great barrel aged beer.
The appearance is blood red with a thin, off-white head that lingers. Aroma is rich with deep caramel malt, toffee, and dark fruit notes. The rye whiskey character brings out more spice and oak than a bourbon barrel aged beer, which typically lends more coconut and vanilla. The high alcohol (13.1% ABV, the highest of any beer we've released) does not hide itself, but remains in balance with the thick body of the beer. While the beer coats the glass, it also coats the throat and mouth.
This is to be enjoyed over a long session so as not to rush the blossom of subtle floral characters in the aroma as the beer warms. When swirled, the rich malt and whiskey comes out and reminds you this is a beverage to be patient with and enjoyed slowly. This beer is ready to enjoy now, however it's built to age gracefully with proper cellaring. Enjoy between 55° and 65°.
But Wait! There's More!
Usually, this is where we tell you bottles are available at bars and restaurants only. But the times they are a-changin', friend.
For the first time - due to popular demand - Bishop's Barrel No. 15 will be available in stores. That's right! You'll find a limited amount of bottles in grocery stores and liquor stores. Remember though, this is a limited release beer. It will not be everywhere, and it won't last long.
Here’s a new can coming from Finch Beer Co in Chicago, IL. This is Dock Worker and it is a mild ale that uses English malt and hops. This beer will clock in at 4.2%-AbV and you’re looking at the 12oz can.
It’s only a keg label, but here’s a new brew heading to the Barrel Works Series from Southern Tier. This is Manhattan and it is an ale brewed with cherry juice and aged in Bourbon barrels. This bad boy hits 13.7%-AbV so stay tuned for more details.
Here’s an interesting new can coming from Left Coast Brewing in San Clemente, CA. This is Hop Juice and it is a triple IPA that uses five hop varieties as well as a Mosaic dry-hop. This big boy will hit 100 IBU and 10%-AbV and you’re looking at the 16oz can. Stay tuned for release details. We also have Orange County IPA brewed with fruit (7.1%-AbV & 51.5 IBU) .
From Left Coast:
San Clemente, CA (November 7, 2016) - Left Coast Brewing Co., one of Orange County’s largest and oldest breweries, is proud to announce the release of Hop Juice Triple IPA, an update to their award-winning, full-time Hop Juice Double IPA. Now with Mosaic hops, a completely new look and an increase from 9.7% to 10% ABV, the Hop Juice Triple IPA will replace the Double IPA and be more of a crowd favorite than ever.
The new Hop Juice Triple IPA is available on draft and in 12 oz. and 22 oz. bottles throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, Florida, and Hawaii at more than 500 locations. Left Coast will launch 16 oz. cans in February 2017.
This release also kicks off Left Coast’s plans to completely rebrand their existing beer lineup of award-winning beers.
“We wanted to express our beach vibe through our packaging bringing back the bright colors from each beer,” says Tommy Hadjis, General Manager of Left Coast Brewing. “We also strived for consistency through out our entire brand with some signature stripes on each item.”
About New Hop Juice Triple IPA
The Hop Juice Triple IPA is a hop-centric brew using Premium American 2– Row and a touch of light crystal malt to create a solid malt foundation. A total of five different hop varieties are used in the Hop Juice. It’s dry hopped with Mosaic (new addition), Simcoe and Columbus, which contributes to its great hop aroma. Hop Juice Triple IPA starts out sweet and finishes crisp and refreshing.
- Name: Hop Juice Triple IPA
- Stats: 10% ABV, 100 IBUs
- Availability: Draft, 12 oz. and 22 oz. bottles, 16 oz. cans (available February 2017)
- Hops Variety: Mosaic, Simcoe, Columbus, Cascade, and Mt. Hood
- Distribution: California, Nevada, Arizona, Florida and Hawaii
- URL: www.leftcoastbrewing.com/hop-juice/
From Left Coast:
San Clemente, CA (October 18, 2016) – Left Coast Brewing Co. is pleased to announce a limited release of their popular South County IPA (Collaboration Brew) this Thursday, October 20th. The community is invited to a launch event from 5-9pm at the tasting room that day, which will give them the opportunity to be the first to taste this time’s limited release.
As a collaboration brew with Pizza Port San Clemente and Artifex Brewing, South County IPA is a west coast style IPA with intense hop flavors and aromas. Brewed with premium two row pale malted barley and copious amounts of Mosaic, Nelson, Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial and Cascade hops. It’s a citrus bomb of an IPA with pine, orange, lemon and grapefruit aromas. The Mosaic and Nelson hops give South County IPA tropical fruit and gooseberry flavors and finishes dry and crisp. It has 7% ABV and 73 IBU’s.
In addition to the Left Coast’s tasting room, it’s available throughout Southern California at the locations below.
- Orange County – 30 locations, 22 oz. bottles and draft
- Pizza Port San Clemente, Bad To The Bone SJC, Craftsman Wood fired Pizza Placentia, Hopscotch Fullerton and Simmzy’s HB, HH Cotton and more.
- Los Angeles – 10 locations, draft
- San Diego – 40 locations, draft
only a keg label (so far) but here we have Magic Hat Bob’s 1st Ale. This Irish-style red ale will hit 4.6%-AbV and stay tuned for more info. Below is the 12oz bottle.
It’s a day of keg labels, so why not. This is New Belgium Wet Hop Red Ale and the beer wil hit 5.5%-AbV.
29 September 2016
I wanted to write a note to let everyone know how this year’s Bourbon County Stout is coming along and provide some information related to this year’s batch. This year has been an incredible learning process and one that has made us a better brewery with a better barrel-aging program.
As a result, we have done a number of things that are in the best interests of quality. There are two primary items that have a big impact:
- On the front end we have set very strict limits on where our barrels come from and how long we will allow from the time of whiskey extraction to when they arrive here for filling. By doing this, we are guaranteeing that the barrels used for Bourbon County Stout are freshly emptied and of the highest quality available. Also, we are able to maintain, and even strengthen, our critically important relationship with distillers. We share quality as a pillar of our core values and found them incredibly understanding of our requests. This is the sort of thing that really makes my day.
- On the back end of the process we decided to join the ranks of many of our peers and purchase a flash pasteurizer. Flash pasteurization is a well-known, proven and accepted technology that employs a gentle heating and subsequent cooling of the beer within a short period of time. The key benefit is microbiological stabilization, which is helpful for wood aged beers where the barrels we use can be inconsistent. Most importantly, there is no discernible flavor impact. Thus far, many teams of trained sensory panelists have participated in blind triangle tastings and been unable to determine which beer had been flash pasteurized and which had not. As one extremely experienced taster noted, “it’s the only test you want to fail.” And, due to the natural oxidization process that occurs once the beer is bottled, your bottle of BCS will continue to age and evolve just as it has in years past.
I couldn’t be more pleased with our progress and where we have come to as we approach the 2016 BCS releases. Ok, let’s get on to the fun part of this post and talk a little about this year’s variants!
Bourbon County Stout Original:
Of course, we will once again have our flagship and the standard bearer for the line-up. This year’s edition should take you right back to where you started with BCS. Rich and deep with plenty to ponder, it features toffee and molasses, fresh tobacco and a bit of leather to go with the roast and barrel notes you are used to.
Bourbon County Stout Barleywine:
Barleywine will be more barrel forward this year as we have gone to first use barrels with a similar aging time. This should lend to a rich beer with lots of malt body and depth playing with notes of vanilla and whiskey.
Bourbon County Stout Coffee:
This year’s coffee holds a special place in my heart. We were fortunate enough to take our coffee sourcing relationship to the next level by visiting Santa Maria de Dota in Costa Rica. It is home to an amazing local cooperative, Coopedota, that receives coffee cherries from around 850 farms throughout the valley. It was truly an amazing sight to behold and our host Roberto Mata has been involved with the co-op for decades. We were able travel throughout the valley and see several farms, meeting farmers and coffee harvesters along the way. The terrain is beautiful and rugged, covered in sustainably grown and managed coffee farms.
Learning about the history, culture and community that is woven into the fabric of everyone’s lives in the area had me feeling connected to the process in a new and deeper way. That is putting it lightly. Of all the amazing “micro lot” coffees (very high standard, individual lots) we were able to taste and assess, we chose to source our coffee from the El Cidral lot, a farm way up at 1900 meters of elevation that produced trees heavy with very consistently ripe, deeply colored cherries. In theory the stress of higher elevation yields a coffee with higher sugar content, sweet and balanced once processed. In the end we chose it blindly through tastings and found it to lend a wonderful balance of fruit and cherry, chocolate and nuttiness and a sublime aroma. It will be labeled under Intelligentsia’s mark Flecha Roja, which hearkens back to a tradition of coffee mills at origin creating different marks, or brands for the different coffees produced and groups of farmers they work with.
Bourbon County Stout Proprietor’s:
We have continued a now standard tradition of inviting brewers and others to share their ideas for BCS variant additions, and we once again found our answer among Goose Island’s brewers. Emily Kosmal has been at Goose for close to two years and came to us with a solid background in food science. She paired some ingredients she loves together that she felt would be a home run in BCS – dark chocolate and chipotle peppers. This one, simply put, is awesome! The earthy, smoky notes of the chipotle peppers in both the aroma and flavor are perfectly balanced by the rich chocolate aroma and flavor of the selected cocoa nibs. The BCS base aged in maple barrels adds the balancing sweetness and the expected depth and complexity to complement and fill out the final blend.
So there you have it, what we’ve done as a brewery to continually improve the quality of our beers and barrel-aging program and what we have to share with you this year from the BCS lineup. I’m immensely proud of all of our efforts and, most importantly, the final product. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
From Evil Twin:
It's out! —12oz bottles, 12%-AbV.
This morning you get your very first peek at a new beer coming to bottles from Sierra Nevada. This is Tropical Torpedo and it is an island-inspired IPA that uses the Sierra Nevada Hop-Torpedo. This tropical twist on an American IPA will be packaged in 12oz bottles and the beer will hit 6.7%-AbV. Stay tuned here for release info.
Here’s your very first look at a new beer heading to bottles from Rogue. This is Double Brown Throwdown and it is a Whiskey barrel-aged imperial brown ale. This beer is brewed with chocolate nibs as well as Rogue Farms malts & hops. Look for Double Brown Throwdown to hit 9.4%-AbV and 36 IBU and you’re looking at the 22oz bottle. Stay tuned to mybeerbuzz for release details.
Bend, OR – September 2016 – Deschutes Brewery has brought two of its beers to life with virtual reality films that provide viewers with an immersive experience of Oregon landmarks: Black Butte and Mirror Pond. The Oregon brewery’s two flagship beers, Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale, were named after these beautiful natural places. Now their fans can experience them with two stereoscopic 360 degree virtual reality experiences created by local Central Oregon creative agency, Impossible Engine.
“Most people outside of Oregon don’t even realize that many of our beers are named after actual places right here in our own backyard, so we are excited to bring these brands to life,” said Jason Randles, digital marketing manager for the brewery. “These places, & the beers that were inspired by them, are the heart and soul of Deschutes and speak to our roots in this special place we call home.”
Best viewed with commercially-available, high-end VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, the latest films are available on the Deschutes Brewery’s YouTube channel. The films can be viewed on the screen using the arrows to move the perspective around, or by using a Virtual Reality viewer, such as Google Cardboard. Deschutes’ strong company culture is clearly represented as most of the people on camera and all of the narrators are actual co-owners at the employee-owned brewery.
Each film is about three minutes long, and viewers can immerse themselves completely. For example, while experiencing the Black Butte Porter filmviewers can have a Black Butte Porter in hand, and toast at the summit with the folks who actually make the beer.
Randles continued, “In our brewhouse and at our pubs, we are always innovating, experimenting and leading the way. This film represents that pioneering spirit as we bring our beers to life in a unique way.”
A new film featuring the hop harvest and trip to gather fresh hops for the brewery’s “Hop Trip: A Fresh Hop Pale Ale” is slated for release in mid-October to coincide with the release of the beer.
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