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Flying Dog Wildeman IPA

25 Jan


Announced with one of the most bizarre release videos for a beer (below), Wildeman IPA by Flying Dog is just one of the twenty (yes twenty) new beers to be released by Flying Dog Brewery in 2012.  Part of the Brewhouse Rarities Series (which will introduce a new experimental beer on the 1st of every month of 2012), the unfiltered IPA begins with notes of citrus and spice on the nose, followed by potent citrus hop flavor. The bitterness is balanced by light malt highlights and finishes dry, crisp, and with a slight hint of acidity.  The latest year-round release was unleashed on January 18 and will be available in the mid-Atlantic by early February.  Wildeman is the first year-round beer by Flying Dog since Raging Bitch in 2009.  The other new brews will include a German, Scottish, and Irish Ale as well as the Imperial Hefeweizen which was released in early January.


New Belgium Lips of Faith Series

25 Jan

new belgium lips of faith

New Belgium Brewing is continuing its Lips of Faith Series into 2012 with the release of Biere de Mars and Cocoa Mole Ale to kick off the new year.  “This first round of Lips of Faith offers spice, heat and a touch of sweet,” said New Belgium brewer Grady Hull. “It’s a bold one-two punch to start the 2012 Lips of Faith series off right.”

Biere de Mars showcases earthy tones of ripe mango and lemon verbena, this bottle-conditioned ale reflects the hearty character of the southern Belgian and northern French countrysides. Brewed with barley, oats and wheat malt, Biere de Mars’ celestial orange hue inspired the planetary play on words.  Brettanomyces, a wild yeast strain, added for bottle-conditioning creates a refreshingly sour flash across the palate. Lemon peel coupled with the lemon verbena imparts fruitlike character and a citrusy finish.

Cocoa Mole is a spiced ale brewed with cocoa and ancho, guajillo, chipotle peppers and caramel and chocolate malt to counter the heat.  Finally topped off with a touch of cinnamon.

Both brews will be available on draft and in 22-oz bombers through April or while supplies last.  To find any New Belgium beer, try out there nifty Libation Locator tool.

Sierra Nevada to Open Brewery in North Carolina

25 Jan

sierra nevada logo

After several years in search of an ideal site for their second brewery, Sierra Nevada has chosen Mills River, NC as the future site of its expansion.  Founder and owner Ken Grossman had this to say about the new location:

“Much like Chico, with its close proximity to many creeks, rivers and the Sierras, the location for our new brewery in North Carolina will be situated on property that borders the French Broad River, with the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop. Of course, building a new brewery from the ground up is no small task, and we anticipate the construction to take between 18 and 24 months. Our East Coast brewery will be built with a sustainable and mindful approach and maintain the integrity of the property and beauty of the natural landscape.”


Karl Strauss 23rd Anniversary Old Ale

24 Jan

Karl Strauss Anniversary

February 2, 2012 marks the 23rd anniversary of Karl Strauss Brewing Co., one of the longer standing craft breweries in the United States, and with that comes the coveted tasting of their 23rd Anniversary Old Ale, barrel aged for 12 months in oak and loaded with complex layers of toffee, molasses, dried figs, and toasted oak with a hint of bourbon, which is to be expected from a beer with 12.2% ABV.  23rd Anniversary Old Ale will be available on tap at all six Karl Strauss restaurants and select beer bars across Southern California. In addition, 22oz. bottles will be available throughout California in February.

The Changing of the Barrels Anniversary Party will be held on Thursday, February 2 from 6-9pm at the main brewery in Pacific Beach. Tickets are $50 per person and include beer for the night, a MIHO Gastrotruck food ticket, live music, a 23rd Anniversary snifter, a 33 Beers tasting book, as well as an exclusive chance to try the 24th Anniversary Flanders Red Ale before it goes into barrels until next year.

Governor Signs New Hampshire Craft Beer Week into Existence

24 Jan

nh craft beer week

On January 11, 2012 Governor John Lynch designated June 24-30, 2012 as New Hampshire Craft Beer Week, featuring tastings and tours at breweries across the state, beer pairing dinners, brewing workshops and many other special events.  The week will conclude with one of the states biggest beer festivals, the New England Brewfest, on Saturday June 30.  Check out www.nhbeerweek.com for more info.

Samuel Adams Crowd Craft Project

23 Jan

sam adams crowd craft project

Samuel Adams is looking to its fans to help create their next brew, giving Facebook users an opportunity to create their own beer with a fancy app that allows you to choose everything from the color and clarity to the flavor of the malt and hops.  Sam Adams simply says it will “take customers’ collective feedback and create a really great beer” so head on over the the Crowd Craft Project and create your ideal brew.  IPA anyone?

Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half Ale

19 Jan


The third release in Founders Brewing Co.’s Backstage Series, Curmudgeon’s Better Half is a remake of Founders Kaiser’s Curmudgeon which was only available at Founders taproom in extremely limited quantities.  The changes to Better Half result in a sweeter version of the original by aging the brew in oak barrels that were previously used for maple syrup.  The result should prove to be a deliciously sweet beer that is scheduled for release on February 13, just in time for you to pick one up for your better half.  Look for 750ml bottles being distributed where other Founders brews are sold.

“The goal of the Backstage Series is to allow those beer enthusiasts who don’t have the ability to make it to our taproom an opportunity to experience some of the beers that, historically, have been limited to our taproom and a handful of high exposure events.  Although these beers are not brewed in large volume, it is our intention to distribute them to all of our markets.” –Founders Brewing Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing, Dave Engbers

500 Beers

9 Jan

500 beers book

You know those books that list some dude’s 500 favorite beers that you should try but would never be able to track down, ultimately leaving you with a sense of failure and disappointment?  This isn’t one of those books.  500 Beers ($15) is simply a great way to keep track of the beers you’ve tried, want to try, or will never drink again.  With space to keep track of labels, locations, pictures, and notes as well as a progress tracker, this is the best way to document your journey through the wonderful world of craft beer.

Founders All Day IPA Session Ale

8 Jan


“It’s tough to brew and gave us more than one problem throughout its development. But then we realized that this is the beer we’d all been waiting for.” -Mike Stevens CEO


Though it’s technically a Session Ale, the All Day IPA from Founders Brewing retains all the traditional qualities of an India Pale Ale but with only 4.7% ABV.  The result is a full-flavored, high IBU beer that is still very drinkable.  In development for nearly 3 years, All Day IPA won the silver at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival and is now being bottled and distributed to Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, and the greater Chicago area.  But don’t stress if you aren’t planning a trip to Michigan soon, All Day isn’t a seasonal, it will be available year-round.

The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.

6 Jan

The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.: Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unabashed Arrogance written by Stone founders Greg Koch and Steve Wagner with Randy Clemens offers the beer lover an in depth, behind the scenes, look at how Stone Brewing got their start and the attitude it takes to become a powerhouse in the craft beer world.  This image heavy tome is beautifully laid out and includes the history of the brewery, the beers, Stone’s famous World Bistro and Gardens, and the craft beer scene in America and Europe. Recipes from the bistro and scaled homebrew recipes of some of Stone’s most famous beers make this book more than a one time read.

Learn more about Stone and their book here: http://www.stonebrew.com/book/

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