Left Hand Brewing Co., renowned for their stouts and leaders in Nitro technology, is going “All Out for Stout” this season with three new releases. The independent craft brewery is releasing two stout seasonals for a limited time, S’mores Milk Stout and Black Forest Nitro Cherry Chocolate Stout. After a wildly successful debut in 2020, Left Hand is also bringing back The Milk Box variety pack with a brand-new lineup of four different milk stouts. To celebrate these new brands, Left Hand is giving away custom-designed Meier snowboards to four lucky sweepstakes winners.
“We went through a lot of trials for S’mores Milk Stout,” said Jeff Joslin, Director of Brewing Operations at Left Hand. “Our brewers decided on a unique grain bill to exhibit graham cracker. We used Cholaca liquid cacao because it lent the best chocolate flavor, richness of mouthfeel, and authenticity of ingredient. These ingredients all come together with toasted marshmallow to create the perfect liquid s’more.”
Black Forest Nitro is inspired by the famous German chocolate and cherry layer cake. “This beer is a true indulgence and weighs in at 7.7% ABV,” said Jill Preston, Director of Marketing and Hospitality at Left Hand. “In one of my favorite can designs ever, you get a glimpse of the tart black cherries and aromas of rich chocolate cake that exude from this stout. To top it off, it’s on Nitro. All those flavors cascade on a canvas of millions of tiny bubbles. Each sip finishes with decadence and our signature super smooth mouthfeel.”
In addition to these seasonal packages, Left Hand is releasing the second version of their fall-winter variety pack: The Milk Box. The pure milk chocolate bliss of their classic Milk Stout is richly reimagined four different ways. In addition to the inclusion of S’mores Milk Stout, fans of their famous stout can now savor the spice blend of Mole Milk Stout, cool down with refreshing Mint Chocolate Milk Stout, and luxuriate in decadence with Double Milk Stout.
“Our fans keep telling us they want more Milk Stout,” said Jason Ingram, National Sales Director at Left Hand. “We’re listening to you out there and bringing this variety pack back. Whereas last year we featured a few throwback styles, this year, we are proud to release The Milk Box with an entire new line of four completely new beers.”
“We’ve had countless ideas for Milk Stout riffs over the years, and now we get to play with them,” said Joslin. “These four are the ones that the whole brewery is most enthusiastic about, and they complement each other so well!”
In addition to the new lineup, Left Hand has also moved this package to bottles for 2021.
“As we continue to navigate through the nationwide aluminum can shortage, we are making strategic decisions on packaging,” said Ingram. The Milk Box was one of our most successful releases of last year, and we had to double production to meet demand. With the reliability of glass, we knew it was the right call to make the switch to bottles for 2021.”
In conjunction with their releases, Left Hand is encouraging fans to participate in a sweepstakes to win a custom-designed Meier snowboard. “What better way to go ‘All Out for Stout’ than to go all out with one of our Artist Series snowboards?” said Preston. “The snowboard is designed by Left Hand’s Graphic Designer, Carly Igoe, and they have this edgy, whimsical feel in a comic book inspired layout. They really match the energy and vibe of the sport, and four lucky winners will be taking them home!”
Kinsmen Brewing partners with University of Connecticut to debut Husky Hops
On Saturday October 16, Rentschler Field will be more than just the venue for the UConn Huskies vs. the Yale Bulldogs, it will be the location for the debut of Husky Hops, a delicious new hazy IPA which is the result of a partnership between the University of Connecticut Division of Athletics and Kinsmen Brewing Co. of Milldale, CT.
“Husky Hops is a great tribute to our Husky spirit,” said David Benedict, UConn Director of Athletics. “We are particularly proud of being able to partner with a growing local company and participating in an industry which is growing throughout Connecticut and the region.”
The new IPA is described as “medium bodied yet refreshing” with a base made from clean American pilsner malt and fluffy malted wheat with intense notes of pineapple, white peach and tangerine. “We had been discussing the idea of a special Husky craft beer with the University for quite a while,” said Kinsmen co-owner, Bruce Staebler, “and we are so proud of the product developed by our team.”
The Husky Hops label features a close-up of the full front face of Jonathan, the University’s vaunted canine icon, with his penetrating, piercing eyes in muted shades of dark blues offset by the product’s name in bold white letters outlined in red.
“We’ve used our experience and experimentation to create a definitive Kinsmen hazy IPA that is perfect for enjoying while watching a UConn game,” said Bob Bartholomew, Kinsmen’s Operations Manager, “We use a blend of our favorite American hops to create the punchy, clean, juicy flavor profile of Husky Hops.”
Sustainability is also a large part of the Kinsmen brewing process. “Our spent grain is donated to a local farmer who uses it to supplement some of the feed for his livestock while our solid fermentation waste is given to Blue Earth Compost, where it’s recycled into compost for local gardens.”
Lone Tree Brewing preps for fall with Vanilla Caramel Amber
Lone Tree Brewing is releasing their seasonal Vanilla Caramel Amber on October 1, just in time for the transition into fall colors. This sweet sounding beer actually gets its sweeter notes not from added sugar, but from a large amount of Crystal 60 malt in the grain bill and Madagascar vanilla beans. It’s a caramel-colored, traditional American Amber with a good helping of hops to balance out the vanilla.
A full-bodied but drinkable amber, Vanilla Caramel Amber is just 6% ABV with a subtle bitterness and a melting sweetness on the finish. It’s smooth flavor is perfect for scarf wrapped nights under chilly skies. It will be available in kegs and canned 6-packs in Kansas and across Colorado’s Front Range, I-70 corridor, and Southwest region.
Ellis Island Hotel, Casino & Brewery’s Rauchbier still tastes like gold
Ellis Island Hotel, Casino & Brewery is still celebrating its gold medal from the 2021 The Great American Beer Festival in September. Its Rauchbier took the prize for best Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer, aged to perfection in a Basil Hayden barrel for a year. Visitors of Ellis Island can enjoy the award-winning Rauchbier at the property’s beer garden, The Front Yard, as part of their barrel-aged beer program.
“Winning gold was an amazing accomplishment for our brewery,” said Director of Marketing, Christina Ellis. “The Great American Beer Festival is the world’s largest commercial beer competition, and the competition was fierce this year! Our team is so proud of our brewers and this delicious beer.”
Squatters Craft Beers releases a Hazy Hop Rising
Squatters Craft Beers announces the release of Hazy Hop Rising Double IPA, a juicy twist on a Squatters classic. Hazy Hop Rising is now available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at Squatters Pubs and at beer sellers across Squatter’s distribution footprint of 19 states. Squatters’ brewers perfected the art of the incredibly smooth, high-octane IPA with the original Hop Rising Double IPA, which has become a mainstay among hop lovers. Now, Hop Rising is hazy for the first time, with big aromas and flavors of apricot, pineapple and citrus, sporting a creamy mouthfeel and slightly sweet finish.
“At a hearty 9% ABV, Hazy Hop Rising is the perfect beer to pair with tacos and apres ski,” said Marketing Manager Kristin Martino. “It’s a tasty, easy-drinking hazy beer with the ABV to back it up.”