You know what would happen if you consumed every new beer created each week? Ha. What would happen?? Well, geez, let’s see, there are nearly 7,500 craft breweries in the United States right now. About ninety-nine percent of those are super small and focused on taproom sales. Forget just the beers we hear about while caught in this bear trap deep in the woods, think of all the new kegs tapped each week in every microbrewery in the United States. Now think about drinking every single one this week. What would happen? I mean, if you didn’t die halfway through, you’d probably be elected president of the United States.
Sorry to get so dark. Forget drinking all of those beers. Let’s just try and know about these and call it a day.
Jolly Pumpkin is releasing only its 4th non-sour ever
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales is excited to announce the launch of “All The Trees”, its fourth non-sour collective release. All The Trees is a Hazy Style IPA featuring a double dry hop of Chinook, Simcoe, and Vanguard. A piney aroma introduces this IPA, along with a hint of grapefruit, melon, and nutmeg spice. The flavor is a perfect harmony of orange creamsicles, bubblegum, and melon.
“IPAs are great, and one of my favorite styles. Hop and yeast varieties create an infinite palate for delicious drinkable flavor explorations. Darker malts are just too heavy to allow these other beautiful flavors to shine through.” Ron Jeffries, founder, and principal brewer.
All The Trees has 7.2% ABV with 63 IBU and will be available in 16 oz cans for a limited time.
You can purchase All The Trees at craft beer retailers, restaurants and bars throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Califonia. It can also be purchased at Jolly Pumpkin, in Traverse City, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Royal Oak, Dexter, Grand Rapids, and Hyde Park, Chicago, Illinois.
Oskar Blues has not yet killed enough people by Coconut
Oskar Blues Brewery announces the return of a seasonal cult favorite, Death by Coconut Irish Porter, a morbidly malty brew that matches flavors of bittersweet cacao with creamy coconut. The deadly good limited release makes its 2019 arrival with kickoff events in taprooms August 23. Death By Coconut will be nationally distributed in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft beginning in early September.
Oskar Blues didn’t need to travel far to find the perfect cacao partner for Death By Coconut. Boulder-based Cholaca specializes in pure liquid cacao – made from cacao, water and (appropriately enough) coconut sugar. “We are thrilled to be an integral ingredient in DBC again this year,” said Cholaca Founder and CEO, Ira Leibtag. “Cholaca is not only easy to use and consistent from batch to batch but it also allows Oskar Blues to produce large volumes of this amazing porter. We are proud to be a part of it.”
In Death By Coconut, intense, bittersweet Cholaca chocolate vibes with dessicated coconut and a malt bill of dark chocolate and extra-dark caramel malts. The result is a smooth, semi-sweet treat of a beer that pairs well with fall evenings outdoors and desserts of every kind.
*NEW HARD SELTZER SIREN*
*NEW HARD SELTZER SIREN*
Ficks Beverage Co. the craft brewery behind rapidly expanding Ficks Hard Seltzer, announced that its line of real fruit hard seltzers is now distributed throughout its entire home state of California, and into Washington state. Available at leading retailers such as Whole Foods, Target and Safeway, Ficks Hard Seltzer has quickly found its place as the more premium offering in this nascent category, which customers attribute to their use of pure fruit juice for flavoring to drive more authentic taste.
“We looked at the hard seltzer category and loved the aspects of lower calories and less carbs, but couldn’t find anybody that really liked the taste or recognized the ingredients,” says Ron Alvarado, one of the team’s co-founders. “We made the choice to be the only brand to use actual fruit juice to flavor our hard seltzers, rather than just extracts or natural flavors. It may cost us more, but in the end better taste and knowing what you’re drinking were things we wouldn’t compromise on.”
The only hard seltzer made in California, each can of grapefruit, blackberry, cranberry and lime is the simple mix of real fruit juice (not from concentrate), sparkling water, and alcohol the team makes from fermenting sugar and California oranges at their partner facility in Sonoma’s wine country. Ficks Hard Seltzer has zero added sugar, just 100 calories, and is gluten free – while still having 5% ABV.
“We’re somewhat unique as a craft brewery, in that we only specialize in hard seltzer. From inception, this was our focus, not beer in the traditional sense. A lot of people don’t realize that the hard seltzer category is actually made up of the largest breweries in the world masquerading as small companies,” says Mike Williamson, co-founder and former college roommate of Alvarado. “But craft is just a word. What really makes us so is our commitment to supplying the best ingredients solely from California and other states on the west coast. When people taste these, they understand the difference.”
Ficks is now distributed throughout California with Morris, Delta Pacific, Mussetter, Guardian, Local Craft, and Brown Bag Distributing. The products are distributed in Washington state through Kendall’s Pioneer and Dickerson Distributing.
Best art of the week (and best cause): Wild Leap Brewing’s Rockweave Double IPA
Wild Leap Brew Co. released the Rockweave Double IPA, brewed in commemoration of the Rockweave Music & Arts Festival taking place in LaGrange, Ga., Oct. 4 – 5, 2019. Along with two days of incredible music and local food and drink, Rockweave is being produced with a cause. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales goes to support music and arts in local schools.
Rockweave Double IPA is the first Wild Leap beer brewed with Centennial hops for a beautiful flavor profile of grapefruit and pine.
“We chose to brew Rockweave with this classic American hop because of the smooth flavor profile it allows,” explains Chris Elliott, Head Brewer. “We wanted this to be a beer that a variety of people can enjoy and Centennial hops allows an approachable hop balance packed with citrus.”
With the festival taking place just steps from the brewery, Wild Leap is playing an integral role in Rockweave’s inaugural year as the official craft beer sponsor and a host venue. Rockweave Music & Arts Festival is a two-day festival featuring Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Grouplove, Dawes, Moon Taxi and many other well-known bands from across the country. The festival features four stages with 21 artists who represent a wide variety of music genres.
This technically counts: Fat Tire is available in these meats
Throw something new on the grill for your summer cook outs! Try the brand-new Fat Tire BBQ Collection, pairing Niman Ranch’s Certified Humane pork and beef raised by independent U.S. family farmers with New Belgium Brewing’s iconic Fat Tire Amber Ale. The new BBQ Collection is a testament to Niman Ranch farmers and New Belgium brewers, both committed to quality and sustainability. Thank a farmer and raise a glass to a brewer by enjoying the new product line which includes:
- Fat Tire beer brats
- Spicy cheddar Fat Tire beer brats
- Pulled pork with Fat Tire BBQ sauce
- Shredded beef with Fat Tire BBQ sauce
- St. Louis-style pork ribs with Fat Tire BBQ sauce
Best tribute of the week: The Brewer’s Cabinet honors paranormal investigator show they were featured in
Ya’ll know aliens and ghosts are the quickest way into this post. At The Brewer’s Cabinet, they have a better sense of the spirits among them … and that’s not the boozy kind. Featured in the current episode from The Haunted Side, the paranormal investigators stayed close to home as they collected evidence of otherworld activity at the local brewery.
“We’ve always known we had some regulars here that preferred to remain unseen,” said Michael Connolly, owner of The Brewer’s Cabinet. “The folks from The Haunted Side confirmed the activities and made some lasting connections with the paranormal that like it here. And, in true BC fashion, we honor them with a beer deemed the Apparition Double IPA.”
Apparition Double IPA is a well-balanced beer where malt meets hops in a blend both citrusy and piney. Brewed with Simcoe, Amarillo, Citra and Cascade hops, the Apparition Double IPA is 9.2 percent alcohol and can be purchased at The Brewer’s Cabinet.
Jameson aged in craft beer casks? Jameson aged in craft beer casks
One brewery from Logan Square, Chicago. One brewery from the hop fields in Yakima, Wash. One whiskey from Midleton, Ireland. That’s the intercontinental collaboration Jameson unveiled with the launch of Jameson Caskmates Bale Breaker Limited Edition and Jameson Caskmates Revolution Brewing Limited Edition.
The Jameson Caskmates Hyperlocal Limited Editions were conceived when Bale Breaker Brewing and Revolution Brewing travelled to Ireland to brew their signature beers to season Jameson casks. The process resulted in Jameson Caskmates Bale Breaker and Revolution Brewing Limited Edition – tripled-distilled, blended Irish whiskey that has been patiently finished in local craft beer-seasoned barrels.
“Going to Ireland to collaborate with Jameson is a brewer’s dream. Our Topcutter IPA embodies where we’re from, and bringing a taste of our neighborhood to the Jameson distillery to create our very own Caskmates Limited Edition was quite incredible,” said Kevin Smith, the head brewer at Bale Breaker Brewery.
“When we came together, it was about making something new and different. Chicago has a strong Irish history and now we have an Irish Whiskey of our own,” said Jim Cibak, the head brewer at Revolution Brewing.