We sit on high, watching, waiting, as new beers are born throughout the week. We bear witness. At week’s end, we descend, head to our writing chambers and write our accounts. Having forgotten everything, we check our email. Behold. Some beers to know this week.
Urban South Brewery launches Coastal Harmony initiative to raise money for hurricane relief (and you can too)
New Orleans’ Urban South spearheaded the Coastal Harmony double IPA initiative in an effort to raise awareness and funds for hurricane relief in the Gulf South. Comet, Citra and El Dorado hops lend a burst of sweet tropical fruit and citrus notes to this double IPA. Funds raised from beer sales will be rapidly directed to organizations on the ground performing hurricane relief work and dedicated to long-term work in Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas. Earlier this week, Urban South Brewery donated $3,500 in beer sale proceeds to Youth Empowerment Project in New Orleans as part of the global Black is Beautiful beer collaboration.
Seven breweries across four states are currently participating in the Coastal Harmony relief collaboration, including NOLA Brewing and Second Line Brewing in New Orleans. Urban South invites any brewery interested in supporting hurricane relief efforts to join the initiative and create their own version of the Coastal Harmony IPA. Breweries interested in participating should visit urbansouthbrewery.com/coastal-harmony.
Bootstrap Brewing ventures into non-alcoholic beer with Strapless
Brewed for beer lovers and adventure seekers, Bootstrap Brewing Company’s non-alcoholic (NA) Strapless IPA, to be released November 2020, is a first for the Longmont, Colorado-based brewery and its partner ABV Technology. As the first NA release for Bootstrap Brewing, Strapless IPA is made to drink like a traditional craft beer while providing the ability for longer days on the trail or longer nights with friends.
Coming in at 40 IBUs, 100 calories, and less than 0.5% ABV, this gluten-reduced craft beer is sure to satisfy both hop heads and extreme athletes. The recipe, which includes generous amounts of Galaxy, Mosaic and Citra hops, gives Strapless IPA a strong and delicious, yet smooth tropical and citrus aroma and flavor. Strapless IPA is packed with electrolytes and minerals, including Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium and Chloride, to help replenish lost nutrients during daily activity or a great workout.
Studies suggest that NA beer can promote post-exercise recovery by reducing inflammation, rehydrating the body and improving cardiovascular health and may help reduce the risk of osteoporosis, anxiety and stress and promote better sleep.
The release of Strapless IPA also marks the first Colorado partnership for Minnesota-based ABV Technology, which provided the innovative brewing technology that makes Bootstrap’s NA beers possible. ABV’s brewing technology uses low temperature and low pressure to evaporate, separate and filter the beer, allowing for optimization of quality and flavor.
Heavy Seas has dessert ready
Heavy Seas announced the release of Jimmy Truffle, a dessert stout brewed in collaboration with Rheb’s Candies. Inspired by Rheb’s iconic jimmy truffles, get ready for a luscious, chocolatey treat of a beer that’s perfect for a cool, autumn night. This dessert stout will be available in 4-packs of 16 oz cans during a curbside can release from October 23rd-24th at the Heavy Seas Taproom.
Heavy Seas Brewmaster Christopher Leonard comments, “Chocolate Jimmies are easily my favorite ice cream topping. So, when I was introduced to Rheb’s Jimmy Truffles, I became an instant fan. We tried to bring that same delectable chocolate candy experience to a beer. We used significant amounts of roasted barley, chocolate, vienna, and dark crystal malts, along with cacao powder, chocolate syrup and 35 lbs of jimmies, a touch of earthy English hops, and lactose – to produce one candilicious brew,”
Jarrod Bradley of Rheb’s Candies comments, “We are more than honored to be in collaboration with an outstanding local brewery! Heavy seas and Rheb’s Candy–nothing comes close to Baltimore culture better than this! A big thanks to Heavy Seas for this opportunity! “
The release of Jimmy Truffle will take place at the Heavy Seas brewery Friday, October 23rd- Saturday, October 24th. The Jimmy Truffle label artwork was designed by local Baltimore artist, Chris Gipple, of Nightshift Creative, who also designed Heavy Seas’ 24 Anniversary beer label this past December. All the taproom exclusive beer labels will be designed by Chris in 2020.
Braxton Brewing teams with Graeter’s Ice Cream on seasonal flavor
Braxton Brewing Company has again teamed up with Graeter’s Ice Cream to offer their popular seasonal Graeter’s Pumpkin Pie Ale, bringing beer drinkers an adult-friendly beverage that rings in the fall season with rich, warm notes of pumpkin. Delighting consumers, the drink is reminiscent of Graeter’s classic seasonal Pumpkin ice cream. The beer is brewed with fresh pumpkin, lactose and pumpkin pie spices. Notes of golden brown pie crust are created by brown sugar and a combination of malts, making this beer an ode to a timeless harvest staple and America’s favorite flavors of fall.
The 6.5% ABV ale first debuted in 2018. Graeter’s and the brewery have also released other dessert-inspired beers, including the popular Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout and a Black Cherry Chocolate Chip White Stout.
Oskar Blues Brewery unveils Thick Haze
This wicked hazy IPA was developed in Oskar Blues taprooms in Colorado and North Carolina, and is now ready to be unleashed on shelves nationwide. Thick Haze New England-Style IPA is available on draft and in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans starting today.
Thick Haze New England-Style IPA was born from pumping insane amounts of hops into an unfiltered, hand-crafted IPA. As it pours, a massively thick fog of hops fills the glass and you can see exactly what you’re getting yourself into. A giant hop-ness monster of a beer, Thick Haze IPA rolls onto the palate with intense flavors of pineapple, melon and mango. The big, tropical flavors emanate from Galaxy, Cashmere, Calypso and Eureka hops added during the dry-hopping process at an almost supernatural amplitude. Aftershocks of the hazy, hoppy hit to the face are citrus notes of grapefruit juice, tangerine and lemon peel.