Monthly Archives: May 2012

Terrapin Samurai Krunkles

Taking the Orient  the rest of the world by storm, Krunkles returns! In this edition of the bearded IPA brewer’s saga, “Samurai Krunkles,” as he was once known in the Far East, pulls out  all the hops from his katana’s sheath to make this Asian flared brew. While traveling around the Pacific in a souped up rickshaw pulled by his trusty sidekick Cato, Krunkles unique brewing ingredients like jasmine rice and green tea and the finest ginger the Orient had to offer for this Samurai master’s ale.  Cheers! Spike & John

Style: IPA (w/ ginger, jasmine rice, and green tea)
Availability: 22  oz bombers, Draft
Arrival: Late June, 2012

7.1% ABV

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Jester King becomes Texas’ first USDA certified organic brewery

Late Friday afternoon, we received official notification from the Texas Department of Agriculture that Jester King is now a certified organic producer under the USDA’s National Organic Program. This makes us the first, and as of today, the only brewery in Texas authorized to label our beers as certified organic.

The first of our beers to carry certified organic labeling will be this year’s version of Drink’in the Sunbelt Hoppy Wheat Beer, followed by our next batches of Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale and Boxer’s Revenge Barrel-Aged Wild Ale. Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer, Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale, Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA, Das Wunderkind! Sour Saison, and Bonnie the Rare Berliner Weisse also received full organic certification and will be labeled as such once we run through our current stock of labels. Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout, which is over 70% organic, but uses a small amount of non-organic specialty malt, has been certified “Made with Organic Ingredients” and will carry the Texas Department of Agriculture seal, the next time labels are printed.

We believe that if a brewery is committed to organic production, that commitment ought to extend to all of its products and not just a single beer. For this reason, since we first began brewing over a year and half ago we’ve used organic ingredients in every instance where we felt confident we could do so without detracting from the overall quality of our beer. We’ve done this even when it means paying 2-3 times as much for ingredients as we otherwise would, such as is the case with Weyermann Organic Pilsner Malt, which we use as a base malt for many of our beers. Fortunately, the range of organic ingredients available to us has continued to grow, and for the last several months, we’ve been able to use increasingly larger quantities of organic ingredients in our recipes, to the point that the majority of our beers now use 100% organic malt.

As for hops, the varieties we’re currently using are not certified organic; but that is in the process of changing. Given the critical role that hop flavors and aromas play in our beer, we’re being careful that our transition to organic hops does not compromise the character of our beer in any way. Over the last several months, we have been testing organic varieties from numerous suppliers. We’ve found some that we feel are of exceptional quality and that we will soon start testing on a larger scale. As of the first of next year, the National Organic Program will require all brewers wishing to label their beer as “Organic” to use exclusively organic hops.

In instances where certain ingredients cannot be found organically or where the organic versions that are available aren’t as good as their conventional counterparts, we will continue to hold the quality of our beer above all else. Even if a particular beer doesn’t meet the organic labeling requirements, we’ll continue, as we always have, to use as high of a percentage of organic ingredients as we can without compromising our quality standards. We’re very pleased and honored to be allowed to label our beers as “Certified Organic” but at the end of the day, creating the greatest depth, harmony and complexity of flavor that we can is and always will be what we consider most important.

New Belgium Red Hoptober this Fall

Last season was the last time you will see Hoptober for a while. They have chosen Red Hoptober to replace it.

A pleasing ale for the harvest season, Red Hoptober is pitched with Centennial, Cascade, and Eldorado Red hops.  It’s the perfect sipper for these last, fevered days of summer and the cooling, coming autumn nights. Bold and delicious, Red Hoptober has just enough bitter to delight.  Crack one open, sit back and enjoy the season’s change.  

Style: 
Availability: 12 oz bottles, Draft
Arrival: Late Summer, 2012

6% ABV

Saw Works Brewing: Marble City re-brands after legal battle

(Knoxville, TN) – A legal battle spanning more than a year appears to be behind two breweries but not without at least one left feeling a bit bitter.

marble city brewing logoTennessee-based Marble City Brewing is completely re-branding itself after struggling through a lawsuit by New Mexico-based Marble Brewery. The latter alleged that Marble City had infringed on its trademarks. The battle got ugly to the point that Marble Brewery started distributing beers across the country into then-Marble City’s back yard.

Though the two sides met and shook hands last year in Tennessee, they were never able to reach an agreement in which the two existing brands could co-exist.

marble brewery logoAnd the name isn’t the only thing changing according to MetroPulse…

“The company has replaced its brewmaster with Dave Ohmer, formerly of Downtown Grill and Brewery, and will now focus exclusively on English-style ales. Borsodi says Ohmer has already begun brewing, and the first batch, a pale ale, will be ready to drink in a couple of weeks.”

Saw Works has been very quiet about the change so far. The company created a Facebook page late last month on which it posted the photo above. The company has not yet released any status updates on the new page nor has it sent any fans to it.

Five New Offerings From Stone

Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA (Mon, 6/6) — Can you believe it’s been 10 years since we unleashed Stone Ruination IPA upon the unsuspecting world? It is an amped up version of Stone Ruination IPA (clocking in at 10% abv rather than 7.7%), with an extra dosing of Columbus & Centennial hops added during the brew, and tons of Citra and Centennial thrown in to the dry hop.
Dogfish Head / Victory / Stone Saison du BUFF (Mon, 6/18) — In early May, we rebrewed this famed collaboration beer we’d originally made back in 2010 with Sam Calagione ofDogfish Head Craft Brewery and Bill Covaleski of Victory Brewing Company. Having them back in town for the recent Craft Brewers Conference, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to recreate this peppery farmhouse-style Saison, brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary, and lemon thyme, organically grown and harvested from Stone Farms. It will be available in limited release, on draft and in 12oz bottles.
Stone Smoked Porter w/ Vanilla Bean AND Stone Smoked Porter w/ Chipotle Peppers (Mon, 6/18) — These beers are different spins on Stone Smoked Porter that have long been available as special growler fills or occasional finds on tap lists around the country, but never before have they been available in bottles. They will be available in limited release, in 12oz bottles. It’s a one-time only bottled release, unless we decide to change our minds later.
Ken Schmidt / Iron Fist / Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout (early July) — Ken Schmidt is a local homebrewing wizard. (You might remember his Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee, Macadamia, Coconut Porter?) He took top honors at our recent Stone March Madness Homebrew Competition & AHA Rally, earning him the right to brew his winning beer at our brewery along with another brewer of his choosing. He ultimately called on Brandon Sieminski, Brewmaster at Iron Fist Brewing in Vista, who was honored to join the team. This robust, hearty stout is brewed with a blend of organically-grown mint from Stone Farms, and organically-grown, stone-ground cacao liquor from SoCal chocolatier, Chocovivo.

Calfkiller and Budweiser Resolve Keg Issue

From Calfkiller:

We are very pleased to announce the keg issue with Budweiser has been resolved, and we are losing NO KEGS! Thank you fans for your support, and THANK YOU BUDWEISER!!

Green Flash Rayon Vert to be Bottled in 22oz

If Green Flash were founded in historical Belgium, Rayon Vert would have been our flagship brew. A bold layering of hops finds balance from traditional malts. Bottle conditioning with fresh ale yeast and Brettanomyces finishes the beer, adding a delightful effervescence, dryness and continuously evolving character. Rayon Vert is Green Flash.

Style: Belgian Pale Ale
Availability: 12 oz bottles, Draft. New 22 oz bottles.
Arrival: Late May, 2012

7% ABV, 32 IBUs

Chimay Celebrates 150 Years with New Beer

To celebrate teh 150 years spent at the Abbey Of Scourmont, the Chimay Trappist brewery has developed this exceptional anniversary beer brewed specially for the occasion. 

Style: 
Availability: 750 ml bottles, Corked & Caged
Arrival: TBA

10% ABV

Georgia- Boulevard Brewing Distrobution

The Kansas City, Missouri based brewery will start shipping to Georgia through United Distributors in August, 2012.

Lagunitas Sucks To Be Year Round!

Lagunitas is making plans to bump “Lagunitas Sucks” to year round status.   The holiday release that brewed in lieu of Brown Shugga’ was an instant hit.  The IPA’s fan base grew exponentially overnight.

Sucks will return again at the end of 2012.  The brewery will start brewing it year round after the 2012 release.  The package size is yet to be determined, although I have heard rumors of bombers.

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