Fat Tuesday approaches on Feb. 21, and Griffin Claw Brewing Co., for the fourth year in a row, is ready with Paczki beer and vodka.
The Paczki stout, aptly named “Sin, Repent Repeat” is brewed with real paczki, a Polish doughnut popular in these midwestern parts, usually enjoyed on Fat Tuesday. The stout will also be released with their Paczki flavored vodka, also named Sin Repent Repeat and an annual favorite sold in limited quantities at their taprooms in Birmingham and Rochester Hills.
“We brewed a bigger batch this year, so it will actually hit a few local stores in limited quantities”, said Brian Arnold, Sales Director for Griffin Claw. “It has been such a hit and sold out so quickly every year, so we wanted to spread the love, or sin, to more people and the accounts that support us”.
The beer should hit shelves early February with a taproom release on Fat Tuesday.
Montclair Brewery raising funds to preserve historic home
As part of its annual Black History Month beer series, the Montclair Brewery in Montclair, N.J., will brew the Howe House Belgian-Style ale to help raise funds to preserve the historic home owned by James Howe, the first African American home owner in Montclair. A portion of all taproom sales will be donated to Friends of the Howe house.
The house was in the process of getting a historical designation when the owner unexpectedly placed the house up for sale targeting investors who most likely would have wanted to redevelop the 7500 square foot lot and get rid of the tiny house known as the “Freed Slave House.”
“When I first heard about the surprise listing of the Howe house and the potential of it being sold to an investor I knew I wanted to do something to help,” explains co-owner and General Manager, Denise Ford Sawadogo. “I just didn’t know what to do at the time and was happy to be the venue for one of their earlier fundraisers.”
A can release party is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 17, at 5:30 p.m. with a small program at 6 p.m. Members from Friends of the Howe house are expected to be in attendance. The evening will end with a live music performance from the West African jazz band, Faso Band from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Meet Lord Hobo’s new brand family
Lord Hobo Brewing introduces a new brand to its year-round lineup, The Vagabond Brand Family. The launch of this brand family will start with Bodacious Vagabond. A DDH Juicy IPA with a double dose of Styrian Dragon, Citra, and Galaxy hops producing tropical fruit aromas with just a hint of pine followed up by a blast of peach, pineapple, and citrus flavors.
“The Vagabond is a daring hop jumping through time to some of the most iconic decades in history,” states Aubree Karls, Lord Hobo Marketing Director. “We encourage you to follow along in their journey while they seamlessly blend into each period they escape to, starting with their first leap into the ’90s. Expect more exciting releases in 2023 as the Vagabond continues their journey.”
Lord Hobo is hosting a weeklong series of ’90s events with the launch of their new beer this week.
Neshaminy Creek Brewing dons its best double IPA for Valentines
Love is in the air and Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co. is launching the perfect beer for sweethearts just in time for Valentine’s Day. Date Jeans, a dank and refreshing Double IPA, whose name evokes the feeling and swagger that comes from putting on a pair of favorite jeans for special occasions and looking oh so good without making a big fuss about it.
Date Jeans is a big, resinous, and crisp Double Dry-Hopped DIPA that’ll have you feeling fly with juicy tropical notes and a soft-as-clouds mouthfeel. Brewed with a bounty of Apollo, Chinook, Citra, Idaho 7, and the experimental hop, HBC630, Date Jeans is dressed to impress with hints of strawberry, banana, and grapefruit. It is now available at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company’s taprooms in Croydon, Dublin and New Hope, PA with distribution to follow throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland.
Pure Project presents batch 7 of Roes Red
Pure Project‘s Flanders-style red ale, Roes Red is named after the Belgian town of Roeselare where the style originally developed. This is the third batch of Roes Red to be aged in Pure Project’s 1000-gallon Barolo cask from Italy, housed in their Carlsbad, Calif. taproom.
“And, for every batch of beer that’s aged in the cask, we place some in bottles and kegs to be enjoyed, and leave a portion leftover in the cask to go into the next batch,” says Brooked Sliger, marketing project coordinator.
Batch #7 contains a 50/50 blend of new fresh Roes Red and a portion of both two- and three-year old previous Roes Red batches. The result is a reddish-mahogany colored ale with notes of oak, dried dark cherry, red currants and toast. The complexity of this beer is further driven by Winslow’s proprietary blend of yeast strains—Belgian in origin—which produce sour lactic and acetic characteristics. A fresh take on a classic style, Roes Red is beautifully intricate and delightfully refreshing.
Maui Brewing has us pining for Da Hawaii Life
Maui Brewing Co.’s first limited release beer of the 2023 year is former best-seller, Da Hawaii Life Lager. The pale gold dry hopped American light Lager is brewed with Citra Cryo hops offering a clean citrus flavor with light malt character and aromas of citrus and hops. Sessionable with its low ABV of 4.6% and 15 IBUs, this is a perfect thirst-quenching beach beverage or backyard barbecue beer.
“Da Hawaii Life is a hop-forward lager with characteristics common in an IPA, but ultimately crisper, cleaner, and more crushable,” says Head Brewer James Newman.
Da Hawaii Life is currently available on draft and in 6-pack cans for to-go purchases at Maui Brewing Company restaurants on Maui and Oahu, and in limited amounts in markets where Maui Brewing craft beer can be found.