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New Beer: Dogfish Head Sixty-One

The folks at Dogfish Head are constantly experimenting, but they haven't released a new year-round beer since 2007. This month, Sam Calagione and his team are offering up a new core beer that brings together beer and wine in one 12-ounce bottle. Sixty-One is the brewery's classic 60 Minute IPA with one addition: syrah grape must from California. We gave this wine-beer hybrid a try. More

New Beer: Shiner FM966 Farmhouse Ale

The beers from Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas, have a devoted following—mostly the flagship Bock, best enjoyed in copious amounts alongside copious amounts of barbecue. We're always curious about a popular brand's new releases, so we eagerly cracked open a sample of Shiner's new spring beer, a farmhouse ale that will be available through March. More

New Beer: Ska Autumnal Mole Stout

Ska Brewing Company of Durango, Colorado, is on a campaign to encourage year-round stout drinking: they're releasing a new stout for each of the four seasons. Will that mean citrusy stouts for summer and peppermint stouts for winter? We'll see, but I like the idea of adapting the style for every type of weather. The first release is this Saturday, 9/22, and it's a milk stout brewed with ancho, guajillo, and Anaheim chiles, plus cocoa nibs, cumin, cloves, and cinnamon. Ska's Autumnal Mole Stout will be available everywhere Ska is distributed. More

New Beer: De Proef / Hair of the Dog Flanders Fred

This beer is the sixth edition of the De Proef Brewmaster's Collaboration Series. The Belgian brewer collaborated with Hair of the Dog's Alan Sprints at De Proef to create a blend of Flanders-sourced lambic with a collaboratively-brewed version of Hair of the Dog Fred (a Golden Strong ale.) If you're in Portland this week, you can taste Flanders Fred alongside its base beers at Belmont Station on Tuesday, August 28th. More

New Beer: Firestone Walker Double DBA

This double-strength version of Firestone Walker's Double Barrel Ale pours maple-syrup brown, and smells a bit mapley as well—deeply rich and sweet with hints of caramel corn and bourbon. With twice as much malt and hops as the original DBA recipe, this Imperial Special Bitter was partially fermented in oak barrels and then aged for a year in those barrels as well as some retired bourbon barrels. More

New Beer: Smuttynose Short Batch Rye IPA

Smuttynose used their Finest Kind IPA as a starting point for this limited edition beer released in a 750 mL bottle. It's a beer that evolves during each sip from the sweet scent to the round malty core, to full orangey hop fruit flavors, and then a super dry finish. Bring this one along to a barbecue. More

New Beers: Samuel Adams Verloren and Norse Legend

Since Sam Adams launched its Single Batch Series last year, it's been a bit of a mad scientist's lab for craft beer crossbreeds, producing one-off creations like blonde barleywine, Baltic IPA, and rauch bock. They grabbed our attention with their latest releases in the series by dusting off a couple of seriously old and almost-forgotten styles: Gose and Sahti. Sam Adams isn't the only brewery to produce modern versions of these obscure ales, but they're certainly the largest. More

New Beer: Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale

Spoetzl Brewery of Shiner, Texas, has never offered a pale ale before, but recently released the first in their 103-year history. In fact, Wild Hare is the first brew they've released that's made with ale yeast and the ale process. It's a grainy beer full of slightly sweet malt flavors—this isn't a super-crisp, biting brew. More

One Big Bottle: Ithaca Brute

Though wild yeasts are gaining a good deal of traction in the U.S., straight-ahead sour ales from American breweries are still few. Sure, there's Brettanomyces this and wild that, but often they're a lefthand tweak on a brewery's existing beer or style. Ithaca Beer Co.'s Brute is one of the few, and a fine one at that. It's definitely in the top tier of American sour ales. More

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