Monthly Archives: March 2012

Samuel Adams Porch Rocker to Debut in May

Sam Adam’s take on shandy. 50/50 blend of beer and lemonade.

Perfect for any summer day, Samuel Adams® Porch Rocker was inspired by traditional Bavarian Radlers that mix beer with German-style lemonade.  For our bright and citrusy Radler, we blended a Helles beer with lemon for a fresh-squeezed lemon taste, effervescent sweetness, and slightly tart, refreshing finish.  A light malt character and hint of hops balance out this summer brew.

Style: Radler
Hops: Tettnang
Malts: 2 Row Harrington, Metcalfe, Copeland Pale
Yeast: Samuel Adams Lager

Availability: 12oz bottles
Arrival: May 2012. (Through July, 2012)

4.4% ABV  


Southern Tier Matador and nine other changes to the brewery’s 2012 portfolio |

Southern Tier Matador and nine other changes to the brewery’s 2012 portfolio |

New Rogue MoM with Rose Petals

Dedicated to the Mom in each of us. Mom Hefeweizen is a refreshing, Belgian style blonde ale, infused with Roses from Eugene, Oregon.

Style: Hefeweizen (w/ Rose Petals)
Hops: Sterling
Malts:  Wheat, 2 Row Pale

Availability: 22oz
Arrival: TBA

 4.8% ABV

Stone Imperial Russian Stout 2012 to hit shelves April 16th

Brewed in the authentic historical style of an Imperial Russian Stout, this beer is massive. Intensely aromatic (notes of anise, black currants, coffee, roastiness and alcohol) and heavy on the palate, this brew goes where few can – and fewer dare even try. The style originated from Czarist Russia’s demand for ever thicker English stouts. Expect our version of this mysterious brew to pour like Siberian crude and taste even heavier!

Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Availability: 220z bombers, Draft.
Cellar: Yes!

10.5% ABV, 55 IBUs

New Belgium hopes to announce second location in the next couple of weeks

(Fort Collins, CO) – In response to a report that New Belgium spokesman, Bryan Simpson, simply referred to as “cryptic,” he stated, “As far as I know, Philly and Asheville are both still in the mix and we hope to announce in the next couple weeks.”

An anonymous source informed Jack Curtin today that the city of Philadelphia “had dumped” the New Belgium project over to the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation. The wording implies that New Belgium is on the city’s backburner though the agency’s primary role is to help the city handle incoming business development deals. A request for clarification is out to the PIDC (though it is currently after-hours for the agency).

As for Asheville, a representative with the Planning and Zoning Commission confirmed that the Craven Street property, rumored to have been purchased by New Belgium, was rezoned for industrial use at a meeting last month. The rep didn’t confirm any association between New Belgium and the property.

Brooklyn Brewery Kicks off New Series

Brooklyn Brewery has officially kicked off a new series called The Worshipful Company of Brewers.

Ladies, gentlemen and ale lovers hark! The Worshipful Company of Brewers is upon us. The charter of this sanctified league dictates that each member of the Brooklyn Brewery brewing team will design and create a batch of his/her own draft-only beer, to be served exclusively at the Brewery Tasting Room until the last drop has been squeezed from the taps, and each with the possibility of blooming into a fully distributed Brewmaster’s Reserve.

The inaugural beer was created by Tom Villa (pictured above) a New York native.   His Belgian “session” beer Oishi is an approachable 3.9% ABV

BEER #1: Oishi

Style: Single-hop Belgian-inspired session ale
ABV: 3.9%
Notes: Envisioned as a table version of the popular Sorachi Ace, Oishi means “delicious” in Japanese
Pairing: Oishi will pair excellently with sushi and curries
Available: Fri, March 23 until it’s gone!

BREWER #1: Tom Villa, Lead Brewer
Born: Hyde Park, NY
Started at Brooklyn Brewery: 1998
Favorite place to drink: The Diamond

Flying Dog & BrewDog collaborate on summer release

An IPA with no hops by two breweries separated by sea? Dodge the draft, hide your wives, and guard your children. The International Arms Race is on!

Our combative collaboration with BrewDog – International Arms Race Zero IBU IPA – pits brewer against brewer in a battle of the brewing arts. Unlike your standard collaboration, each brewery will craft its own version of the beer, guided only by common ingredients.

These “terms of agreement” highlight the human element of the brewing process. Even with agreed-upon ingredients, the hands that craft it are hugely influential.

Another challenge in this collab? Hops, a brewer’s best weapon on the IPA front, are banned from there battlefield.

To create a Zero IBU IPA, we all agreed on a list of ingredients – spearmint, bay leaves, rosemary, juniper berries, and elderflower – to replace the bitterness typically imparted by hops.

This project will also be a battle of illustrators, pitting Gonzo artist Ralph Steadman work for yours truly against the designs of Johanna Basford, a long-time friend of BrewDog.

The Alchemist to Bottle Gluten Free Saison

The Alchemist (Waterbury, VT) will be bottling their gluten-free saison – Celia Saison. 

…we are proud to announce that we are bottling our first batch of Celia Saison tomorrow at Mercury Brewing. Our award-winning gluten-free Belgian-style Saison was just begging to be produced, and we just don’t have the resources to do it justice. For now, we are brewing 70 barrels a month of this, and it will be available in Massachusetts and Vermont in the next few weeks. With time and increased production, it will spread throughout New England.


…we have decided to brew a collaboration for the Vermont Brewers Festival in July. Initial conversations have some sort of ridiculously hoppy, devastatingly delicious stout of some sorts… Should be fun and delicious no matter what we decide upon.

Style: Saison (Gluten Free)
Availability: 750ml bottles


Dogfish Head Urkontinent to ship mid April

Urkontinent is a very interesting collaboration between Dogfish Head and some of the biggest technology geeks in the world. They were asked what ingredients they thought would be interesting to see in a beer. DFH received 100’s of suggestions and it all came down to these:

  • Wattleseed from Australia imparts chocolate, coffee and hazelnut notes to the beer. Toasted amaranth from South America gives it an earthy, grainy flavor and a little additional roast flavor.
  • Green rooibos from Africa contributes a floral aroma and slight astringency.
  • Myrica gale from Europe supplements the bitterness from minimal hopping.
  • Hiveplex Honey from California adds a subtle sweetness while maintaining the dry finish.
 The name of this beer is German and comes from the theory that all of the continents, at one time, were connected. It’s a toast to boot strapping, creative entrepreneurs in different industries all over the world. Will be available in 750 ml bottles and limited draft. Arriving in mid April.

Sierra Nevada Brewing new site pictures coming!

Keep an eye out today for first peek of pics of Sierra Nevada’s new site in Asheville!

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