Everyone’s favorite hip-hop duo Run The Jewels announced a series of collaborative beers slated for Fall, all in partnership with Black-owned craft breweries and events. The new line of beers includes the just-released “Never Look Back,” a premium rice lager brewed in collaboration with nonprofit Beer Kulture at Green Bench Brewing Co. in Florida, “All Due Respect,” a molasses and corn grits strong ale brewed in collaboration with Proximity Brewing and Spaceway Brewing that will be released at Black Brew Culture’s Blacktoberfest on October 8th in Durham, NC, and “Blockbuster Night, Pt. 1,” a danky IPA with terpenes brewed in collaboration with Brew Gentleman Brewery of Braddock, PA that is set to debut at Barrel and Flow Fest on September 10.
Putting money back into the communities where these beers were made is an important component for the duo: a portion of all proceeds from “Never Look Back” will benefit Beer Kulture, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting equitable hiring practices in the brewing industry, while a portion of proceeds from the sale of “All Due Respect” will support Blacktoberfest, and 50% of proceeds from “Blockbuster Night, Part 1” will benefit local Pittsburgh charities serving the children and the arts, including Steel City Arts Initiative.
Huss Brewing busts out the cherries in new Papago
Huss Brewing Co. co-founder, Leah Huss helped launch Papago Orange Blossom back in 2005, nearly a decade before she launched Huss Brewing with her husband and Head Brewer, Jeff Huss. Then the Managing Partner at Papago Brewing Company in Scottsdale, Leah Huss and Papago’s ownership decided to brew up its own proprietary recipe after the brewery behind Papago’s top-selling craft beer (a Mandarin Hefeweizen) went out of business. Taking the matter into their own hands, Papago created Orange Blossom Ale, and launched an Arizona landmark. Huss has been brewing Papago Orange Blossom Ale since 2013, and have owned the brand outright since 2016.
This year, the Papago beer family is expanding with an all-new Cherry Blossom Beer, available on tap and in select stores starting this Labor Day weekend. Handcrafted in Tempe by Huss Brewing Co., Papago Cherry Blossom is brewed with 100% real cherries, creating a wildly-refreshing beer with a light body, and a slightly tart flavor with a touch of sweetness.
“Like any new addition to the family, we wanted to make sure Papago Cherry Blossom stood out from its older siblings,” says Brewmaster and co-owner, Jeff Huss. “So aside from the refreshingly, tartly sweet finish, we’re most excited for people to experience Papago Cherry Blossom’s delicious aroma and natural rose-colored hue.”
Harpoon and Dunkin’ release three new beers this Fall
For the fourth year in a row, Harpoon Brewery and Dunkin’ are celebrating fall together Joining fan-favorite Harpoon Dunkin’ Pumpkin Spiced Latte Ale, three new beers are hitting stores this September all made with coffee, donuts or matcha tea from Dunkin’: Harpoon Dunkin’ Blueberry Matcha IPA, Harpoon Dunkin’ Maple Crème Blonde Ale and Harpoon Dunkin’ Midnight American Porter.
To mark the occasion, the brands aren’t just stocking shelves with the new beers, but in Boston they’re creating the first-ever Dunkin’ Walk-Thru at Harpoon Brewery. Open for one day only – on September 2, 2021 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET – the local pop-up experience will give fans a first taste of the new beers by ordering a pack to go.
As an added treat, at the Boston event, anyone who orders the new beers at the walk-thru will also receive a free Dunkin’ Harpoon IPA Donut filled with a Harpoon IPA jelly and topped with a candied malt crumble — made just for the occasion and the first Dunkin’ donut to be made with beer as an ingredient. Attendees can also enjoy a cup of Dunkin’ coffee while waiting for their orders.
Indeed Brewing takes beyond beer innovation to cans
Indeed Brewing Company is now distributing its Boon Hard Kombucha in 16-ounce cans. Boon: Blueberry Basil was released on draft in the Minneapolis and Milwaukee taprooms in January, where it has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from patrons. Cans will be appearing in Twin Cities-area liquor stores as early as August 30, with cans appearing in Wisconsin later.
Boon is Indeed’s latest innovation in the beyond beer category and the first hard kombucha made in Minnesota. It is also the brewery’s first gluten-free alcoholic offering. In July, Boon: Blueberry Basil was awarded Gold in the Hard Kombucha category of the 2021 Can Can Awards.
Founding Brewer Josh Bischoff started experimenting with hard kombucha over a year ago to nail down a process and ingredients. “For Boon, we use a blend of Green Mao Jin and Yerba Mate teas. Oftentimes, black tea is used in kombucha, but we have found that makes for a more acidic final product and preferred the profile that using a blend provides,” says Bischoff. Boon starts in an oak barrel to begin its natural fermentation process and is finished off in a bright tank, where the flavors are added. In addition to the traditional kombucha process, Boon goes through a secondary fermentation process that produces the alcohol to make it a hard kombucha.
Living the Dream proves it Can Can brew awesome beer
Living The Dream Brewing was honored at this year’s Can Can Awards with not one, but three medals for its 7 Speed IPA, Ice Climber Double IPA, and Powder Run Cream Ale. The Can Can Awards is the premiere beer competition focused solely on canned beers. The 2021 awards had 173 Brewery Participants who submitted 788 cans for review in 82 categories. Fifty seven judges, 49 of whom are BJCP and or Cicerone Certified, and 23 stewards determined the winners.
Living The Dream’s 7 Speed IPA took Gold in the American IPA category. With 7 different aroma hops and 4 different malts, 7-Speed is a classic, floral and citrus-forward Pale Ale that emphasizes the flavors of Citra, Simcoe, Meridian and Mosaic and creates a perfectly balanced flavor profile. Ice Climber Double IPA was awarded silver in the Double IPA category. This bold but balanced West Coast-style IPA has a refreshing tropical fruit aroma with a sturdy malt backbone and a repeatable dry finish. Powder Run Cream Ale, Living The Dream’s flagship and most decorated beer, took silver in the Fruit, Herb, and Spice category. Powder Run is crafted with premium malted barley, flaked corn, Noble hops, and a touch of lactose that creates creamy mouthfeel. Its yeast is highly attenuative to balance out the sweetness of the corn and added vanilla.
Urban South release Kobe Bryant tribute beers
In honor of Kobe Bryant Day on August 24, Urban South – HTX released two new brews to celebrate the basketball legend. Brewed in collaboration with California’s Local Motion Beer Club, both beers are part of Urban South’s “Spilled” series. The line of heavily fruited sour beers uses hundreds of pounds of fresh, seasonal fruit to sweeten the tartness from the underlying sour base. The result is a refreshing, smoothie-like sip with a juicy finish.
- #8 features mango, pineapple, orange, marshmallow and ice cream.
- #24 features blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, black currant and strawberry marshmallow puff candy.
Thanks to the partnership with Local Motion Beer Club, #8 and #24 will be available at a small selection of local beer shops and grocery stores in the Los Angeles area, including West Covina Liquor, Smart Time Liquor and Handiest Food Mart. A portion of the proceeds from beer sales in California and Texas will be donated to Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in memory of Kobe and Gianna Bryant that works to create opportunity for underserved athletes and young women in sports.