Every week we feel like it, we editors of CBB gather the new beer releases that caught our eye and put them into this handy roundup. It’s not a perfect process, but it works — until this week. Apparently, last week’s beers have sued to remain the beers of the week until the end of time. The tactic almost worked until a legal scholar read the definition of week in the dictionary. Whew. We then drank and crushed them because they are just silly beers and not the boss of us. Here are your beers to know this week.
Alibi Ale Works’ Your Dad’s Beer celebrates the revival of Mountain Gazette
Your Dad’s Beer is the result of two small businesses partnering to help each other during the current COVID climate and celebrates the rebirth of the Mountain Gazette. Alibi Ale Works and the Mountain Gazette, old ski buddies with shared philosophies and a common location in North Lake Tahoe, wanted to do something fun at a time when fun is hard to find. A tribute to the good ol’ days of mountain towns, there’s no fancy-pants flavor mumbo jumbo in “Your Dad’s Beer.” It’s a pilsner, and it pairs well with sarcasm and tall tales of mountain lore.
Your Dad’s Beer is made partly in jest, but Alibi Ale Works’ Head Brewer Joe Steinfelds says, “This may be the best beer I’ve ever brewed. We’re really proud of this pilsner.”
Mountain Gazette was founded in 1966 as the original alternative outdoor magazine for outdoorsmen who live in real mountain towns and don’t need fancy clothes or fancy beer. But like many folks of that ilk, it’s lived a life of ups and downs including several stretches of dormancy. The new owner of Mountain Gazette, journalist and award-winning film producer, Mike Rogge brings the Gazette back on Nov. 16 as a large format, bi-annual magazine celebrating the eccentric nature of outdoor culture and mountain towns.
“In bringing back Mountain Gazette, it was important for me to partner with a local brewery. Beer is a natural fit while reading outdoor print magazines,” says Rogge. “I love Alibi, so much so that my wife and I threw our son’s first birthday at their Truckee Public House. Your Dad’s Beer is only the beginning of a long relationship between our two brands. Get your four-pack before the hipsters do.”
Lone Tree Brewing relaunches its IPA after gathering feedback
In spring of 2020, Lone Tree Brewing introduced its first-ever year-round IPA. After a couple of seasons of consumer feedback, Lone Tree announces its relaunch with a refreshed recipe and nomenclature. Lone Tree IPA features a blend of Citra, Cascade, and Simcoe hop additions that create bold citrus aromas, moderate hop bitterness that’s been toned down from the first recipe, and a crisp finish.
“We wanted to create a West Coast-inspired IPA with just as much bold malt character as it boasted with hops,” says Lone Tree Brewing Sales & Marketing Director Dennis Stack. “Since the original release of this beer in spring, we’ve been taking feedback from our customers and tweaking accordingly. We’ve backed off on the use of high alpha hops to reduce bitterness, and we find this refreshed recipe to be just that: much more easy-drinking.”
While the can design won’t change much, the beer name will. “We wanted to show that this new recipe is our flagship IPA, aptly named Lone Tree IPA,” Stack adds.
Allagash Brewing releases its Black is Beautiful stout
One of the best initiatives in craft beer this year is the widespread support of Black is Beautiful, a robust imperial stout that is part of a larger collaboration with the brewing world to fight for racial justice and equality. Allagash Brewing joins over 1,170 other breweries across all 50 states and 22 countries in brewing the beer—originally concepted by Weathered Souls Brewing Co. in San Antonio, TX. Allagash will donate 100% of profits from the beer to local organizations Indigo Arts Alliance and Maine Inside Out.
“We thank Weathered Souls Brewing Co. for providing a platform to show the brewing community is an inclusive place for everyone of any color,” said Rob Tod, founder, Allagash. “The fight for racial justice is part of our overall strategy at Allagash and this beer is a great representation of the many steps needed to foster meaningful change in our own community. Through sales of Black is Beautiful, we look forward to supporting local organizations that help create an inclusive, equitable, and empowering system for all.”
Indigo Arts Alliance is a nonprofit organization committed to the artistic development of Black and Brown artists. Maine Inside Out is a community of artists and visionaries with lived experience of incarceration and structural racism creating change to build a world where everyone matters and belongs.
Four Saints Red Wolf Red IPA Benefits Conservation at North Carolina Zoo
A new beer release from Four Saints Brewing Co. is all about American red wolves. Red Wolf Red IPA is a partnership between the Asheboro brewery and the North Carolina Zoo Society. The beer will be released Nov. 18, and 10 percent of proceeds benefit American red wolf conservation efforts at the North Carolina Zoo.
“Some of the projects going on at the Zoo are making an impact all over the world,” says Joel McClosky, Four Saints co-owner and CEO. “When people see what’s happening at the Zoo, we hope it will have a domino effect, that learning about the Zoo will encourage them to come check out our community and all of the great things going on.”
The North Carolina Zoo is located seven miles south of Four Saints Brewing. It is the largest natural-habitat zoo in the world and plays a major role in animal conservation in the United States and internationally. The American red wolf was once the apex predator in the southeastern U.S. but was declared extinct in the wild 40 years ago. A recovery program reintroduced the American red wolf to the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in eastern North Carolina. Today the entire American red wolf population consists of about 250 wolves under human care and about 15 wolves in the wild.
Red Wolf Red IPA is a medium-bodied hoppy beer with a complex yet clean taste profile. It will be available in the Four Saints taproom, and 34 Lowes Foods stores and other independent craft beer retailers in the Triad, Triangle and Charlotte.
Tis the Season for Jolly Pumpkin’s Noel
Like everyone else, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales is hoping for this holiday season to be…well, a little more jolly. In doing their part, they have released their favorite seasonal special ale in these killer cans. The beautiful mahogany hue of Noel is just a peek into the deep, malty, complex wild ale that lies within this holiday 4-pack.
While Noel remains the same Jolly Pumpkin classic recipe, the name has evolved with the brewery’s packaging move to cans. Formerly known as Noel de Calabaza, the seasonal special ale has been freshly renamed Noel. However the beer remains recognizable as its label still features the beloved snow-covered, Santa hat adorned, jolly jack-o’-lantern.
Inside the newly designed cans you’ll find Jolly Pumpkin’s festive funk, complimented by notes of candied pecans, truffles, sugar plums, and spiced fruitcake. A true holiday flavor mashup. Weighing in at a warming 9% ABV, Noel is perfect for all this winter’s festivities.
Flying Dog presents Victress as part of Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day
Flying Dog Brewery announced the release of Victress, a sweet and tart sour created as part of Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day. Proceeds from the beer will benefit the Pink Boots Society, an organization created to assist, inspire and encourage female professionals in the beer industry to advance their careers through education.
Normally held on International Women’s Day (March 8), Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day brings together breweries and individuals to raise the profile of women’s roles in the beer industry. Participating groups brew the beer of their choice using an exclusive hop blend created by Yakima Chief Hops (YCH).
Victress, a 4.2% ABV fruited kettle sour, was brewed using the YCH blend of Loral, Idaho Gem, Azacca and El Dorado hops. Cranberry juice was added during fermentation while lime was added to the brite tank at the finish. This potent fusion of sweet, tart and juicy hops was conceptualized and coordinated by the brewery’s own craft beer queen, Quality Assurance Manager Emily Bobotas.
“The badass women of Flying Dog have come together once again to raise each other up and brew some delicious beer,” said Emily Bobotas, Quality Assurance Manager, Flying Dog Brewery. “A woman has played a huge role in everything you’ve tasted, touched, worn, seen, read, or attended from Flying Dog Brewery, and I am so proud to lead this smart and talented group of ladies in a part of the process I am so passionate about.”
Victress will be sold in 4-packs of 16oz cans at select retailers in Frederick, MD. Proceeds will benefit the Pink Boots Society; funds raised are applied to educational scholarships and programming for members.
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