Monthly Archives: October 2012

Shipyard Barrel Aged Smashed Pumpkin

Should be interesting being this is their first barrel aged offering.

Style: Pumpkin Beer (Barrel Aged)
Hops: Willamette, Saphir
Malts: Pale, Whole Wheat, Munich
Yeast: English

Availability: 750 ml bottles, Corked & Caged.
Arrival: October, 2012

11.4% ABV 


Terrapin So Fresh and So Green, Green

Terrapin So Fresh & So Green, Green Fresh Hop Beer will be hitting again this year mid October.

Terrapin Oaked Big Hoppy Monster Hits Shelves

The Monster Beer leads with a tantalizing hop aroma that is complemented by an enormous, malty backbone and finishes with a multitude of hoppy goodness.  

Style: Red Ale (Oak Aged)
Availability: 12 oz bottles, Draft
Arrival: September, 2012

8.75% ABV 

DFH and Sierra Nevada Create Rhizing Bines

On the hot side, Rhizing Bines will go through Dogfish’s signature continual-hopping process with floral and citrusy Bravo hops. On the cold side, it will be dry-hopped with an experimental varietal so new it doesn’t yet have a name, just a number: Hop 644. A component of Sierra Nevada’s aroma-boosting Torpedo system will make a pit-stop in Delaware for dry-hopping duty before it heads to Sierra’s new North Carolina brewery.

In honor of Sierra Nevada headed to Ashville, Dogfish Head added Carolina heirloom red winter wheat grown at Anson Mills. Rhizing Bines is brewed at Dogfish Head in Milton, DE.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Bravo, #644

Availability: 750 ml bottles. Dogfish Head’s 27 State Network
Arrival: February, 2013

8% ABV

New Belgium and Brewery Vivant Create New Lips Of Faith

Famous in Michigan for farmhouse ales, our friends at Brewery Viviant introduced us to their biere de garde ale yeast strain. From there, we imagined a slightly tart,intentionally dry beer with hints of bergamot citrus that pairs perfectly with French cheeses. 

Style: Biere De Garde (w/ Orange Peel)
Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft. Distribution through NB’s channels.
Arrival: TBA

9% ABV

Highlands Thunderstruck Returns

Highland Brewing Company  will release Thunderstruck Coffee Porter again this year. The beer returns on October 5th, 2012. Named for the Southern Appalachian landscape, Thunderstruck features fair trade/organic coffee from Dynamite Roasting Company.

Style: Porter
Hops: Chinook, Hallertau, German Select
Malts: Briess Pale Malt, Briess Caramel 60, Briess Chocolate, Briess Midnight Wheat.
1.5 lbs of coffee per barrel

Availability: 12 oz bottles, Draft. Fall Seasonal.

5.8% ABV, 26 IBUs

SweetWater Festive Ale to Return Mid October


SweetWater Festive 2012, the brewery’s winter warmer, is just weeks away. The beer will arrive shortly after Danktoberfest (hitting shelves now). Festive Ale is brewed with lots of dark malt, plus a bit of cinnamon and mace.

Availabilty: Draft, 12oz bottles, Liter Bottles


SweetWater Danktoberfest Hits Shelves

SweetWater’s first true lager, a high gravity Oktoberfest-style brew, promises to straighten your schnitzel 

ATLANTA (September 28, 2012) – SweetWater’s devilishly talented brewers are at it again. Just in time for a fall release, the boys have banded together to brew the first true lager style beer to come from the South’s second largest craft brewer. Danktoberfest, a high gravity Oktoberfest-style brew, is the latest creative brain-child to come from the brewery’s infamous Dank Tank series.

This full-bodied lager delivers a malty taste and bready aroma, packed with zesty hops and huge amounts of heat.  Weighing in at a whopping 8.5% ABV, Danktoberfest is brewed with German malts and hops to include: Pilsner, Munich, Cara Munich, Aromatic, Dark Munich malts; and German Perle and Hallertau Mittelfruh hops.

Danktoberfest will be packaged in 22-ounce bottles and hit shelves in select locations starting the first week of October. Samples will also be available on draft at SweetWater’s Tasting Room on select tour dates. Fans should act fast and save some for the cellar. Mr. Dankenshnitzel won’t last long.

“We are excited to be able to break through our ‘ale wall’ and get our hands dirty with some serious lagering,” said SweetWater Head Brewer Nick Nock.  “Carrying on the Oktoberfest tradition, we used fine German malts and hops, while adding in our own dankness to give it a classic SweetWater spin.”

SweetWater’s Dank Tank lineup is a series of rarely released beers from the hombres of headiness. These occasional treats from the dark side of SweetWater’s soul emerge from the brewery’s experimental one-hitter…the Dank Tank. Brewed only when the itch gets so bad, they just have to scratch it.

For more on the Dank Tank series, Mr. Dankenschnitzel’s story and SweetWater Brewing Company, visit

Southern Tier to Distribute to Nashville


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Southern Tier Expands Distribution To Nashville

6 days ago

Southern Tier Brewing Company  (Lakewood, New York)  announced today that they will be distributing to Nashville, Tennessee. Ajax Turner has been selected as the distributor.

Nashville beer lovers can expect the entire Southern Tier catalog of beers to hit the Music City. Fear not, you won’t miss Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale. It’s on shelves now, and will soon be in Nashville. Expect the beer in this order: Oat followed by Choklat, available in November. The SuperPack will be available in early 2013. Featuring Unearthly Imperial IPA, 2xIPA, and Iniquity Imperial Black Ale, the SuperPack is a high gravity 12 packof 12 ounce bottles with an average ABV of nearly 9.0%.

“There was a large Tennessee shaped hole in our map. We’ve begun filling that in with the addition of Ajax Turner Company,” said Phin DeMink, brewery president. “They’ll usher us in to another growing craft market in the greater Nashville area. We look forward to providing Southern Tier Brewing Company beers to another southern state.” DeMink added that the rest of the state will be online by January 2013.

423Beer Geek Back in Business!

It’s good to be back and able to blog again. My injury didn’t allow me to type very well. But that is all behind me. So to start off, I’ve got some exciting news. Here goes!

Green Man Brewery (Asheville, N.C.)  is hitting Tennessee. BountyBev (Nashville, TN) has picked them and will be announcing later this week, they will announce the three locations in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Nashville that Green Man IPA will be available for growler fills! Hint: Chattanooga will have it this Friday the 5th at Riverside Beverage. Don’t show up expecting it before 4:20 p.m. though. I’ll be there and if you have not had their IPA, you should be there as well. Read more about Green Man Brewing by clicking the image below.

Next thing I am super stoked about: Lagunitas coming to Tennessee. I had posted a few blogs about this subject in the past months, but got a phone call one day asking me to stop leaking the information and that “nothing was confirmed as of yet”. However, it’s here. Carter distribution has its liquor license so we will see low and high ABV offerings from them.

Finch’s Beer Co out of Chicago will be hitting the shelves of Chattanooga in the next week or two. Tomorrow there is a tasting at Brewhause on Frazier. It’s free so stop on by!

Other Breweries that have arrived in Chattanooga as of lately:(click picture to visit website)

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