Roughhouse Brewing, a family-run farmhouse brewery located in the Hill Country outside of San Marcos, Texas, is releasing its long-awaited Texas Cave Ale–Premiere, which was fermented in a natural, underground limestone cave. Roughhouse brewed it back in February 2020, before COVID-19 took hold, in collaboration with Jester King Brewery using their mobile coolship and aged hops.
“We wanted to make a beer that honored the natural space we were given, and a spontaneously fermented beer using all Texas ingredients was the most honest way to do that,” said brewer/founder Davy Pasternak.
This beer marks the first of a series at Roughhouse, titled UNDERGROUND series, whereby beers will be 100% cave-aged and often spontaneously fermented. Believed to be the first beer aged in a natural cave in Texas, Premiere is a complex showcase of natural fermentation guided by the microbes present within the cave and in the air on that winter’s night atop the coolship vessel.
Boulevard Brewing tips its cap to the Negro Leagues
Boulevard Brewing Co. is stepping up to the plate with the launch of Tip Your Cap, a baseball beer created to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Negro Leagues. A portion of the proceeds from the beer will be donated to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to support its mission of preserving and celebrating the rich history of African American baseball and its role in the social advancement of our nation.
“We’re honored to team up with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum on this collaboration,” said Bobby Dykstra, vice president of sales at Boulevard parent company Duvel Moortgat USA. “The Negro Leagues play an important role in our nation’s history and the museum is a treasured attraction for the Kansas City community.”
“The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is proud to partner with Boulevard Brewing Company on this special and fun promotion that honors the Negro Leagues and supports the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum,” said museum president, Bob Kendrick. “We’re excited to see fans around the country raise their cans and ‘tip their caps’ in a fitting salute to America’s unsung baseball heroes who overcame tremendous social adversity to play ball.”
Sierra Nevada’s hoppiest beer out this month
Sierra Nevada‘s Hoptimum Triple IPA is a special, limited release and a member of the brewery’s High Altitude Series. This limited-time offering is touted as Sierra Nevada’s hoppiest beer. Each year the brewers refine the Hoptimum Triple IPA recipe, tinkering with the hop line-up to ensure the beer offers a similar flavor profile, while also featuring the finest, most flavorful hops of the recent hop harvest season.
“Traditionally, we try to maintain that piney, citrusy flavor because it’s what we’re known for,” explains James Conery, Innovation Manager and brewer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. “This beer contains the best lots of the hop pick, and has that piney, citrusy flavor with a little bit of dank and stonefruit in there for a twist.”
For 2021 the beer features Magnum, Idaho 7, El Dorado, and Mosaic hops on the hot side, and finishes by dry hopping with Citra, Mosaic lupulin powder, Loral, and Magnum hops. It comes in at 11% ABV and 75 IBU, up from last year’s version that was 10.6% ABV.
DuClaw Brewing with tributes to three sweet treats
Paying tribute to the beloved classic peach cobbler, orange creamsicle and oatmeal cream pie desserts, DuClaw Brewing Company recently released, ‘Sour Me Peach Cobbler’ sour ale, ‘It Was All A Dreamsicle’ orange vanilla hazy double IPA and ‘The PastryArchy Oatmeal Cream Pie’ imperial honey wheat ale.
“Across the board, these brews gave us great space to experiment with a few complex flavor concepts,” said DuClaw Director of Brewery Operations Chris Wood. “It was going to be important to balance, but not overpower, natural fruit sweetness from peaches and oranges with various spices, and we are excited about where we landed with all three.”
Our favorite, It Was All A Dreamsicle Orange Vanilla Hazy Double IPA (8.5% ABV) is perfect for sweltering summer days. This medium-bodied double IPA made with orange juice, vanilla beans and lactose will let your mind drift to beach days and dreamy orange-vanilla ice creamsicles. The brilliant golden orange hue puts boardwalk sunsets to shame.
Exhibit A Brewing, Faces Brewing team up on Pink Boots honey IPA
The female brewers at Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing in Framingham, Mass., and Faces Brewing Co. in Malden, Mass., are proud to partner with Pink Boots Society to release Uh Huh Honey. Proceeds from the West Coast style honey IPA will benefit Pink Boots Society to support educational scholarships for women in brewing throughout Massachusetts. The malt and honey for this beer were regionally sourced from Valley Malt, Merrimack Valley Apiaries, and a generous lady beekeeper in Arundel, ME whose hives originated in Massachusetts.
“At Exhibit ‘A’ we care a lot about pushing for equity and diversity in the craft brewing industry. Partnering with local growers and providers is something that we do as often as possible,” said Exhibit ‘A’ Production Supervisor Colleen Rankin. “Uh Huh Honey provided us with a perfect opportunity to marry those core values. Our production staff is currently 50% women, so this project and the support of the Pink Boots Society means a lot to us personally. It was a real honor to craft a beer that lets the honey and malt of women run businesses in the region really shine. We loved making this IPA, and we hope that everyone enjoys drinking it!”
Warped Wing Brewing all set for 4/20 with beer and pizza collaboration
On April 20 at 4:20 p.m., Warped Wing Brewing Co. and Pizza Bandit will be releasing their new collaboration beer and pizza, “Panama Red.” Hmmm. Wonder what that’s all about.
“The beer idea really came from eating pizza with James, Brian, and Erin and trying to figure out what flavors we could do with the Pizza Bandit in regard to food and then what that might mean for the beer,” said John Haggerty, Brewmaster and Managing Partner at Warped Wing. “So, the pizza really came first and was inspired by our new Smokery out in Springboro. Of course, I love smoked beer as well, so it was sort of a no brainer for me to do a smoked beer for this project.”
Coming in at 5.3% ABV and 15 IBU, Panama Red Smoked Red Lager has a mild caramel sweetness and is smoky in aroma, with a crisp finish.
Warped Wing’s GM and resident “culinary dude,” Erin O’Neill, worked with Pizza Bandit’s James Burton and Brian Johnson on developing a recipe that not only represented the brewery, but would also pair deliciously with a beer. Thus Panama Red pizza is made with Pizza Bandit red sauce and cheese, with smoked brisket, smoked pulled pork, deep fried smoked pork belly, Peppadew peppers, diced spicy pickles, and topped with Warped Wing’s housemade root beer barbecue sauce.
Copy on the Pizza Bandit exclusive bottle reads: “Hops and cannabis. Cousins. Buds. And Panama Red? Well, that’s an old school cannabis classic. Settle into da couch with a Panama Red Smoked Red Lager. Toke the smoke and pair this burnout of a beer with a fresh slice of ‘za. Say man, you got a Panama Red? It’d be a lot cooler if you did.”