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Power to the people via Ninkasi’s Imperial Coffee Stout
Ninkasi Brewing Co. debuted an Imperial Coffee Stout as part of the People Power Beer campaign to benefit The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Ten percent of proceeds from the sale of this beer will be donated to The ACLU. People Power Imperial Coffee Stout is available only on draft and available in 32oz. crowlers exclusively at Ninkasi’s headquarters, The Ninkasi Better Living Room in Eugene, Oregon. Online sales for pickup or delivery are now live on Ninkasi’s online ordering site at BierMi.com, or walk-ups are welcome daily from 11am-7pm.
“Ninkasi was founded on the desire to Perpetuate Better Living and on the belief we can help others do good by using beer to bring people together, said Ninkasi Brewing CEO Nigel Francisco. “We’re excited to participate in the People Power Beer campaign because we strive to put our core values into actions. People Power’s mission to galvanize meaningful policy change resonates with us.”
Additionally, Ninkasi’s People Power Imperial Coffee Stout features Eugene-local Farmers Union Coffee Roasters. “It was important for us to make this a collaborative community effort,” said Chief Experience Officer Sarah Johnson. “Farmers Union Coffee Roasters has been an incredible partner with us this past year. They specially-roasted this coffee for the partner brew and we’re excited to release a truly special beer for our community in support of a great cause.”
Clown Shoes has a new holiday mix pack coming
Clown Shoes Beer is coming out with an awesome holiday mix pack concept for the first time, 12 Beers of Christmas, featuring 12 unique beers ranging from IPAs to stouts with an average ABV of 7.6%. While three of the beers are core to the Clown Shoes beer lineup, the other nine are only available in this new, limited-time offering making each beer a gift of its own.
“Everyone loves a good holiday count down, and in a year that brought so many changes we thought it was the perfect opportunity to release our first ever mix pack as a unique way to celebrate the run up to the holidays,” said Gregg Berman, Clown Shoes founder. “With 12 different beers for 12 different days, we hope that this mix pack can be enjoyed by friends near and far, trying new brews and enjoying old favorites whether in person or virtually.”
The Clown Shoes 12 Beers of Christmas mix-pack introduces us to:
- Reindeer Games Bavarian IPA. Beautiful, malt-forward and red-hued IPA that is crafted with both German and American hops and malts. Saaz, Mandarina, and Mosaic hops; Munich malt
- Advent Party Crasher Imperial Stout. The base recipe from its winter-time favorite American Imperial Stout, Undead Party Crasher, with added mandarin orange flavor along with sweet orange peel to add a little splash of citrus. Special Ingredients: Mandarin Orange, sweet orange peel, lactose
- One Man Holiday Belgian Quadrupel Ale. Rich, malty, and full of dark/ripe fruit sweetness. Unlike most beers in the pack you’ll be hard-pressed to find any hop flavor here.
Anderson Valley’s Hugest Arker yet is illegal in seven states
Anderson Valley Brewing Co. (AVBC) released its new-and-improved Huge Arker Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. Aged for a minimum of 12 months in oak, this new blend is a massive but surprisingly drinkable Imperial Stout, clocking in at 15.5% abv.
“It’s actually illegal in seven states,” remarked President Kevin McGee. “We looked it up.”
After primary fermentation, the Huge Arker Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is aged in bourbon barrels until it fully matures. The increase in abv from the previous 13.2% to 15.5% is due in part to extended barrel aging, a technique that despite adding a few points of abv results in a nuanced, smooth and very drinkable beverage. “The Huge Arker is absolutely an experience,” McGee added. “If you’re into big, complex beers this one shouldn’t be missed. It’s the perfect accompaniment to any fireplace or campfire and just a great beverage as we move towards the holidays.”
Ballast Point, independent again, is about to can a special Victory At Sea
To celebrate the kick off of the “darkest day of the year,” Ballast Point is releasing a limited quantity of it’s specialty version of Victory at Sea — Salted Caramel Victory at Sea in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans. Available while supplies last at all Southern California Ballast Point taprooms.
With Ballast Point officially returning to independent craft brewery status when Kings & Convicts Brewing Co. officially took ownership earlier this year, San Diego’s 2nd largest brewery will once again have the flexibility to get more specialty releases into the hands of a thirsty public — and beyond just draft only. The 5bbl pilot system housed in the Little Italy brewpub serves as a brewers’ playground for the exploration of styles and non-traditional methods and is ground zero for innovation. Kings & Convicts recently shipped their mobile canning line from Highwood, IL to Ballast Point’s Miramar location in early September. This means that some of those 125 recipes that Ballast Point’s brewery team cooks up annually — along with a few fan favorites — will eventually make their way into 4-packs of 16 oz. cans, including this specialty version of Victory at Sea.
Collab with Dunkin Donuts a highlight of Mass. Bay Brewing’s fall lineup
While the seasons may be slipping away faster than we can sip our Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, Mass. Bay Brewing Company is helping to ground everyone in the here-and-now with their fall seasonal beer and cider offerings.
- Flannel Friday: For those that love fall but aren’t the biggest fan of pumpkin flavoring, this one’s for you. Packed with warm spices and subtle notes of caramel, this beer is Harpoon Brewery’s tribute to fall in New England. Coming in at 5.7% ABV, Flannel Friday pairs well with bright, crisp days and fall foliage watching while wearing your favorite flannel.
- Harpoon Dunkin’ Pumpkin: Inspired by everyone’s favorite fall pumpkin latte, Harpoon teamed up with Dunkin’ to create this “Spiced Latte Ale” – brewed with real pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, and a splash of coffee. Light in color, easy-drinking, and coming in at 5.2% ABV, it’s a perfect blend of all the autumn flavors we love, with just a touch of espresso-like roast!
- City Roots Pumpkin: Apple season is a big draw to fall, and when married with pumpkin flavoring – you have a seasonal masterpiece. City Roots Pumpkin Cider combines the best parts of both flavors with some subtle seasonal spice snuck in with cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. Filtered bright and crisp at 5.0% ABV, it’s everything we love about fall in a glass, can, or keg.
- UFO Pumpkin: Real pumpkin, seasonal spices, and fresh-from-the-patch flavor embodies UFO Pumpkin. At 5.9% ABV, this is the beginner’s foray into creative craft beer creations just in time for fall.
CraftHaus goes Psycho
CraftHaus Brewery released a special, limited edition brew this month in collaboration with Psycho Entertainment, the masterminds behind Las Vegas’ three day, multi-stage music fest Psycho Las Vegas. The event was obviously postponed this year in light of the pandemic, but the brewery collaboration was maintained as a cheers to the 2021 planning.
“Our partnership with Psycho Las Vegas is exciting because it allows us to shine a light on how epic our Las Vegas craft beer and music scenes are,” says Crafthaus Brewery owner Wyndee Forrest. “We are proud to be working with Psycho Entertainment again and bring another element to the Psycho Vegas fans.”
Psychosis, Helles Lager is a full-bodied brew, crafted for smooth drinkability and maximum refreshment, with echoes of spicy German Noble hops balanced by a touch of sweetness. Psychosis is available in 16 ounce four packs, as well as on tap at CraftHaus Brewery’s taprooms. Special release cans will also be prime for the taking at 19 Speedee Marts across the Vegas valley, Khoury’s Fine Wine and Spirits, and other independent liquor stores.