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Stone 16th Anniversary to be Hitting Shelves Soon

This is being released at the Stone 16th Anniversary Party on August 17th and 18th. So look for it on shelves soon!

“Each year we strive to create a uniquely tasty and hoppy beer that allows us to use an assortment of ingredients, and the Stone 16th Anniversary IPA is certainly a testament to our brewing team’s goals,” says Brewmaster Mitch Steele. “We used a variety of malts, hops and botanicals to create an intense, bitter and refreshing IPA perfect for long summer nights.”

Style: Imperial IPA (w/ Lemon Verbena, Lemon Oil)
Hops: Magnum for bittering, Delta and Target in the whirlpool, and Calypso and Amarillo in the dry hop
Malt: Pale, Rye, Vienna, Light Munich and Dark Munich

Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft
Distribution: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA

10% ABV, 85 IBUs

Yazoo Moving to Bigger Bottles

via Yazoo Brewings blog:

We recently began packaging Sue in 750 ml (25.4 oz) bottles, starting with the batch that is hitting the shelves this week.  Why, and why now?

Well, when we first began bottling Sue, we were limited by our old bottling line (the infamous Meheen) to only one size bottle we could run.  So, we came out with Sue in our four-pack Brewmaster’s Reserve.  We also were using that Brewmaster’s Reserve 4-pack for our seasonals, but since in TN high-alc beer is sold in separate stores from regular beer, having two different beers in the same 4-packs was not a problem.  However, as we branched out into Alabama, and recently in Mississippi – states where all beer is sold in the same stores –  we couldn’t keep putting two different beers into the Brewmaster’s Reserve packs.

After seeing the great reception we got from our Fortuitous in the 750’s, I decided to purchase the changeover parts so that our new bottling line could be set up for bigger bottles.  With the bigger bottles, which will be sold individually, we won’t have to come up with a new 4-pack carton every time we want to bring out a new limited release.  The 4-packs are expensive and the minimums runs are large.  Now, we can simply get a label done and run with it.  So our regular seasonal beers, like the Rye Saison, will continue to be in the 4-packs, but our high-alc beers and limited releases will be in the bigger bottles.

So we are excited about the bigger bottles!  We will be able to do a lot more limited releases, without sinking a ton of resources into packaging.  Sue will be a regular in the big bottles, and we plan on releasing some of this year’s Bells Bend Preservation Ale, a fresh hop ale brewed with hops grown right down the road at Sulphur Creek Farm in Bells Bend, in the 750’s later on this fall.

Six Point Brewing Calls Out Pre-Season Pumpkin Beers

Pumpkin beers are showing up early this year. Way too early. July early. Below are some pictures I have taken locally of octoberfest/pumpkin beers that have been released.

(Brooklyn, NY) – Sixpoint Brewery took to Twitter on Wednesday to declare its feelings on July and August pumpkin beers:

“Any pumpkin beer on shelves now is clearly not made with this year’s pumpkin. Pumpkins are not harvested until October or November.”

Along with these, Shipyard Brewing has already released Smashed Pumpkin, Harpoon Pumpkin Cider, Ace Pumpkin Cider, Long Trails Imperial Pumpkin, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale, and many others I am sure I have missed.

Terrapin Pumpkinfest Ships

I have always wanted to brew a traditional Octoberfest for the Fall season, but it seems that these darn pumpkin beers are all the rage right now. So… keeping up with Terrapin’s out of the box brewing tradition, I have decided to brew a beer that combines both of these delicious brewing styles. “Pumpkinfest” is a traditional Octoberfest brewed with over 1 pound of pumpkin per barrel along with pumpkin spices.

All of the malt of a German Fest beer and all the spice of Grandma’s pumpkin pie! Eat it up! Spike

Style: Pumpkin Beer
Hops: Vanguard, Hallertau Hershrucker
Malts: Munich, Vienna, Munich II, Catamunich II, Melanoiden
Spices: Cinnamon, Ginger, All Spice, Cloves PUMPKIN!

6.1% ABV

Stone Moves Some Offerings to 4 Packs

“Stone fans have been requesting to get these beers in four-packs and we finally said, ‘Sounds good to us!’” commented Greg Koch, Stone Brewing Co. CEO and co-founder. 

So now you can grab a four pack of Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale, Oaked Arrogant Bastard, and Ruination IPA.

21st A’s Hop Crisis Returns

 

“A few years ago, when hop prices shot through the roof, making it more difficult to brew bitter beers, we decided there was only one thing to do. Make the biggest, hoppiest beer we could imagine. And we really wanted to celebrate the Imperial IPA style by doing something a little more original. Aside from the higher alcohol and intense hop bitterness, we felt aging the beer on oak would add some additional layers of flavor. Because oak can overwhelm the hops, we chose a light, subtle oak character to accentuate the dry hop bitterness and add a unique character to the beer.” 

Style: Imperial IPA (Oak Aged)
Availability: 12oz cans, Draft. Limited release.
Area:  CA, OR, WA, AK, ID, MN, OH, MA, NY, NJ, DC, MD, DE, PA, VA, GA and NC.

9.7% ABV

 

Samuel Adams Octoberfest Arrives Really Early

“(Boston, MA) – As part of its quarterly earnings call,Boston Beer Co. CEO, Martin Roper, shared that the company ran through Summer Ale “a bit faster” than they anticipated. Samuel Adams Octoberfeststarted making its way to some markets last week as a result. Roper said that the beer is a strong seasonal performer for the company.

As noted earlier, Octoberfest is the first brand to feature the new design framework that will soon be seen on other core beers in the Samuel Adams portfolio like Boston Lager and Cream Stout.”

Boulder Brewing Hoopla Cans Are Here!

 

In 2011 Boulder Brewing released a collaboration with Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist for The String Cheese Incident. It was a short run of 22oz bottles. This year they have decided to can in. Here’s the story of how this collaboration came together:

Magic happened this year in Boulder, CO, when local music and local beer came together. In search of the perfect festival beer, our Boulder Beer brewers and avid homebrewer Kyle Hollingsworth, Keyboardist of the String Cheese Incident, joined creative forces. Imagination and improvisation flowed freely, and Hoopla was born.

Hoopla Pale Ale is dry-hopped with generous amounts of Glacier hops for a fruity, floral hop aroma and flavor that will have your taste buds dancing! Its lively hop character is wonderfully balanced with a crisp, clean finish from the unique blend of US and German grains, making Hoopla the perfect companion to festival season.

“We wanted to make a beer that was hoppy, but still appetizing to non-hop-drinkers and drinkable on hot days at Summer festivals,” Kyle explains about the recipe.

Hops: Nugget, Glacier, Centennial
Grains: Pale Malt, CaraRed Malt, Melanoidin Malt, Chocolate Malt
IBU: 35
ABV: 5.7%

Boston Beer Angry Orchard Sales Surge

Check out this info regarding Boston Beer Co. Angry Orchard Cider line here.

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