Another week, another bunch of beers (and seltzers) in the streets. Last week we noticed more noteworthy collaborations, local partnerships, fund-raising releases, rad color combos and a (re)new(able) spin on hard seltzers. Good stuff. Check ’em out below.
Coronado Brewing, Karl Strauss team up on Core Values IPA
Coronado Brewing Company and Karl Strauss Brewing Co. have come together to brew a unique new IPA. Core Values, a name that nods to the two companies’ missions, is a West Coast IPA brewed with Pacific Northwest Apples. It’s hop-forward like your favorite San Diego-Style IPAs and finishes dry with a hint of crisp apple. Imagine the breweries’ two flagship IPA’s, Weekend Vibes and Aurora Hoppyalis, crossed with a splash of fresh-pressed apple cider.
It’s loaded with hops including Mosaic, Citra, and Simcoe giving the beer super juicy, fruit-forward flavors and aromas of citrus and pine. “You get a pleasant tang from the apple juice, but it’s definitely a hop-forward IPA,” says Mark Theisen, Head Brewer Coronado Brewing Company. “It’s an exciting rollercoaster of flavor from the first sip to the last drop.”
Ska Street Brewstillery opened up one year ago — an hour before the lockdown — celebrates survival with 1:11 imperial stout
Ska Street Brewstillery opened on March 16 of 2020 just one hour and 11 minutes before Colorado’s first restaurant lockdown was instated. Accordingly, the brewstillery’s one year anniversary beer is called 1:11. This 18.5% Imperial Stout was barrel aged in Peach Street bourbon barrels. 1:11 will be available beginning on March 17 while supplies last.
“From our hopeful beginning the family here at Ska Street personifies the ethos of both Ska Brewing and Peach Street Distillers; and because of the grit and support of the Boulder Community we are still here and looking forward to not just 2021 but getting back to our original visions of the Brewstillery and probably with a little more character now,” says General Manager of the brewstillery Katie Nierling.
Four Peaks debuts solar power-produced hard seltzer
Four Peaks Brewing Co. launched its like of Sun Day Solar Seltzer that are not only tasty, they are made using clean, renewable energy from the Arizona sun. The Tempe-based brewery installed more than 500 solar panels on the roof of its 56,000-square-foot Wilson production facility, where a majority of its year-round beers are made. Packages featuring four flavors—Lime, Grapefruit, Tropical, and Prickly Pear—will begin hitting stores in Four Peaks’ distribution footprint this week.
“The Arizona sun kicks our ass so hard every summer, we figured it was time we got a little something back,” says Melissa Osborne, head innovation brewer at Four Peaks. “The panels can’t power everything we do at the brewery, but they’re still able to convert a huge chunk of the energy we use to clean, renewable sources. All of the energy we use to produce Sun Day comes from the Arizona sun.”
But solar energy isn’t the only thing that sets Sun Day apart. Unlike most hard seltzers, which are brewed with artificial flavoring, Sun Day’s fruit flavors (Lime, Grapefruit, Tropical, and Prickly Pear) come from real, all-natural fruit juices. The difference can be tasted as well as seen—Sun Day Lime, for instance, has a soft greenish hue, while Sun Day Prickly Pear is bright pink.
Louisiana’s women in beer unite for this Urban South, Pink Boots Brew Day
Just in time for International Women’s Day, Urban South Brewery will release a new brew today: Dragon Boots. This double IPA was brewed as part of the 2021 Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day. A portion of the proceeds from beer sales will go to Pink Boots Society to support educational scholarships and programming for its members.
Approximately 20 women from Louisiana’s Zony Mash Beer Project, NOLA Brewing Company, Gnarly Barley Brewing and Brieux Carré Brewing Company joined forces with the Urban South team at the Tchoupitoulas Street brewery on February 9 to brew Dragon Boots. The fruited double IPA was brewed using dragon fruit and the 4th annual Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day hops blend, featuring Ahtanum, Cashmere, Citra, Loral and Sabro hops. The result is a tropical blend with herbal, citrus and woody aromatic qualities.
Love the look of Lord Hobo’s newest core IPA
Lord Hobo Brewing‘s new Juice Lord IPA is the newest member of its core lineup and looks extra cool in the brand’s 80s/90s inspired rebrand. This beer will be available across Lord Hobo’s entire distribution footprint starting with a package-only release in early March, followed by draft in April 2021.
“We had a lot of fun with this brand, bringing a new splash of color to our lineup. We’ve given this packaging more of a 80’s – 90’s feel to invoke an emotional connection to a wide range of our consumer base,” said Marketing Director, Aubree Karls.
With Juice Lord, Lord Hobo has crafted a juicy, 6% IPA that expresses all of the best qualities of the style. Pillowy oats and pilsner malt provide a smooth canvas upon which they’ve painted a juicy and fruity masterpiece. Citra and Huell Melon hops combine to produce an easy-drinking IPA with the irresistible notes of citrus fruits and ripe melon.
Braxton Brewing, Graeters release a limited edition Caramel Macchiato Milk Stout
Cincinnati’s Braxton Brewing Co., and Graeter’s Ice Cream, family-owned craft ice cream maker since 1870, released a timely and limited edition Caramel Macchiato Milk Stout that coincides with the launch of Graeter’s annual March Mystery Flavor, Caramel Macchiato. Braxton’s Caramel Macchiato Milk Stout highlights the flavors of Graeter’s smooth coffee ice cream mixed with toffee and milk chocolate caramel truffles.
“It’s always a privilege to partner with such a beloved brand. Each collaboration is a testament to the local love surrounding both Braxton and Graeter’s alike,” shares Jake Rouse, Co-Founder and CEO of Braxton Brewing Co. “The launch of our Caramel Macchiato Milk Stout is a limited run that brings the indulgence Graeter’s does so well to the craft beer Braxton fans love.”
“Last summer, our Caramel Macchiato ice cream Bonus Flavor was a clear favorite to become our Mystery Flavor this year,” said Richard Graeter, fourth generation family member and president and CEO of Graeter’s Ice Cream. “Celebrating our launch alongside the launch of Braxton’s Caramel Macchiato Milk Stout is the ultimate way to bring this iconic flavor to consumers looking for more ways to enjoy an indulgent escape.”