Just got this message via our Contact Us form (which is always interesting) from someone billed as Father Kramer:
I certainly wish that you would market this product here in Illinois OR at least in BELOIT,WI which just across the border from Illinois. Everything you mention is Milwaukee, near Milwaukee or at Belgium….and those are places which are at least 2 hours from me. Madison is 3 hours etc etc etc. THANKS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.
Why did we get this message? Our guess is Father Kramer here thinks we represent all decision-making for all things craft beer, like some sort of Borg-style unified consciousness. And, if that’s the case, congrats Father Kramer. You finally figured out our true nature – the Craft Brewing Borg. Yes! Mooahahaha. What did the rest of you think? That just these four dummies would really use their spare time to run an entire independent website dedicated to the craft brewing industry, every day for weeks on end for over seven years? That would be illogical.
Father Kramer, for uncovering our long-held secrets, we’ve collected some non-Milwaukee, non-Belgium, Wisc., craft beers to know this week. Enjoy. Because after this, you will be promptly assimilated. Resistance is futile. Never question the CBBorg.
Abita Brewing debuts its low-cal ‘light IPA’ Hop 99
Louisiana’s first and largest craft brewery, Abita Brewing Co., is throwing its hat into the low-calorie beer ring with Hop 99. This Light IPA, which contains only 99 calories and 2.7 carbohydrates, will be available for purchase year-round beginning late September in all markets Abita beer is sold. Mosaic and Citra hops are loaded into Hop 99 to give it a big hop flavor, while pale malts give it a light body and crisp finish.
“Hop 99 is the result of our brewing team and our patrons evolving together,” says David Blossman, President & CEO of Abita Brewing Co. “This beergave us the challenge to create a flavor-forward, drinkable IPA, while it gives beer drinkers a craft-forward, sessionable option that significantly cuts the amount of carbohydrates and calories normallyfound in an IPA, or any category for that matter.
God bless the yeast that survived a fire so this Flanders Red from Pure Project Brewing could live
The complexity of San Diego-based Pure Project Brewing Co.’s Roes Red, a Flanders Red, is driven by its yeast — Head Brewer Winslow Sawyer’s proprietary blend. Following almost a decade of selection, and surviving a fire in a cellar (at the brewery where Sawyer used to work), this yeast has become its own unique blend of multiple sachro, brett, pedio, lacto, and acetic strains (with Belgian origins). It is designed specifically to work well in light-bodied, fruity red wine barrels.
Back to Roes Red. Aged in oak Barrels, this 2016 GABF Bronze medalist packs a burst of well-balanced sourness. It is named after the Belgian town of Roeselare where the style originally developed. The barrels used to age this beer are French Oak and were previously used to hold Pinot Noir in Napa Valley. Expect a strong cherry aroma, backed by a deep, rich malt background of dark of dates and figs.
Utepils Brewing teams with local radio station for KFAN Unfiltered Blonde Ale
Utepils Brewing and iHeartMedia Minneapolis’s FM 100.3 KFAN, The Twin Cities Sports Leader, have teamed up to launch KFAN Unfiltered Blonde Ale, a European-style beer made in honor of Minnesota sports fans. In conjunction with the beer launch, Utepils Brewing invites patrons to visit the brewery on September 13 to try KFAN Unfiltered Blonde Ale.
The new beer provides listeners and fans with a careful balance of soft malt and light bitterness as well as a rich unfiltered flavor for friends to sip and enjoy as they discuss sports stats and predict which teams will make the playoffs.
Best named beer of the week: DuClaw’s 2 Stars Not My Style collab
In playful response to online beer review culture, Baltimore’s DuClaw Brewing Co., Key Brewing Co., Charm City Meadeworks & World of Beer Baltimore have come together to collaborate on “2 Stars Not My Style,” a hazy sour IPA with peaches, pretzels, paw paws, honey & lactose. Specifically, the label is calling out those who rate styles they don’t like in the first place.
The beer is a limited release, and should hit shelves and taps in Maryland only by the end of the month. A release party will also take place at World of Beer in Baltimore from 4-6 p.m. on Oct. 4, featuring bad beer reviews public readings from the three breweries.
Wake Brewing’s Rocktoberfest will raise money for a no kill pet shelter
The Quad Cities — a region of five cities in the U.S. states of Iowa and Illinois — sent us an email promoting 10 different wacky Oktoberfest concepts from the Oktoberfest cruise down the Mississippi to Dogtoberfest and Hogtoberfest to just regular old Oktoberfests. But we were most interested in Rock Island, Ill.-based Wake Brewing‘s Roktoberfest on Sept. 28. They will release their traditional Oktoberfest beer served in take-home beer steins alongside live rock music. But better yet, a portion of money made from beer sales that day will go to Kings Harvest Pet Rescue No Kill Shelter.
Redhook works with Sub Pop Records Creative Director on Atomic Robot hazy IPA
Redhook Brewery announced the arrival of Atomic Robot, a sessionable, hazy IPA available in six-packs of 12-ounce cans throughout the Pacific Northwest beginning in September. Developed by Redhook Head Brewer Nick Crandall at Brewlab on Capitol Hill, the beer delivers full, juicy flavor with notes of lemon and mango while only clocking in at 4.2% ABV.
Redhook tapped Sub Pop Records Creative Director Jeff Kleinsmith to bring the Atomic Robot cans to life. During his 25-year tenure, Kleinsmith has had the honor of working with such bands as Sleater-Kinney, Nirvana, Beach House and hundreds more. Atomic Robot is perfectly balanced with notes of lemon and mango, and a crisp, clean finish. Ella, Galaxy and experimental hops give the beer its aroma, juicy flavor and hint of bitterness, while the malt bill—featuring flaked oats and Carahell, in addition to 2-Row—gives the beer some heft.
A cider to seek out this fall: 2 Towns Ciderhouse’s imperial pumpkin cider
Released just in time to keep the ghouls away, 2 Towns Ciderhouse’s Hollow Jack’D is making a glorious comeback this fall season — an imperial cider made using locally sourced ingredients.
“We are proud to be using locally grown pumpkins, sourced 10 miles from our Tap Room in Hollow Jack’D.” quoted Dave Takush, head cider maker. “After caramelizing the pumpkin juice, the rich character really shines through and blends well with the apples and spices.”
Extra mischievous, Hollow Jack’D takes our fall classic to a whole new level with its 8.4% ABV and boo-tastic ingredients. Fresh-pressed apples, caramelized pumpkins, cloves, nutmeg and sweet potatoes give our cider a sweet baked spiced character. Available now through October 31st, our limited release imperial cider will be available in 500ml bottles, 1/2 bbl & 1/6 bbl kegs to distributors throughout Oregon, Washington, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Chicago and parts of Minnesota and Montana.