A shot of Fernet and a pint of beer have long lived in double-fisting harmony. But now, with the release of Odell Brewing Co.'s Fernet Aged Porter, they meet in the rich, glorious chocolate-minty middle.
Raspberry jam in a glass isn't a thing I knew I was looking for in beer, but with the first whiff of Founders Brewing's latest specialty release, I realized what I was missing all this time.
Brooklyn Brewery introduced their lager in 1988, and this past weekend, they debuted their a special doppelbock version to celebrate the brewery's 25th anniversary. This bottle-conditioned beer clocks in around 9% ABV, and will be available with labels from four different Brooklyn artists from now until May.
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.
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.
While I was traveling this month I missed the release of Almanac Beer Company's new series of California Table Beers, but that doesn't mean you should miss the beers, which are now selling in four-packs at Whole Foods, Bev Mo, and specialty beer shops around the Bay Area.
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.
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.
In their tap room on August 25th, Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, CO will release their fourth Single Serve release this year, Deconstruction Golden Ale. Named for Derrida's theory of deconstruction, the beer was created by blending the final recipe brew with smaller pilot batches of the beer that were brewed with different yeasts and aged in various barrels.
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.
I eagerly anticipate the release of Cascade Brewing's apricot beer each year. It's fun to drink, tart and tangy, with a mouthwatering lactic acidity and a hint of tannin from the oak barrels it's aged in.
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.
This single-hop pale ale from Russian River Brewing Company is named for the location in the experimental hop yard where Simcoe hops were developed.
The words on the lower half of this limited-edition bottle from Stone Brewing Co. read "Ruining Palates for Ten Years." And this one is definitely a palate-wrecker.
This beer would be right at home with salty meats—try grilled bratwurst or pastrami sandwiches. Have you ever tried an Imperial Pilsner? Is this a style you'd seek out?
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.
We drink more than our fair share of oatmeal stout—there's something about the creaminess that always calls to us. But we haven't seen a ton of oatmeal porters, so Widmer Brothers' new release in the Series 924 collection drew our attention.
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.
We are way into this beer. Usually, when we crack a beer in the office, everyone raises one eyebrow and takes a sip or two, but often a half-full bottle languishes on the counter for awhile. This one was gone, and fast.
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.