Urban South Brewery has launched a new benefit in an effort to raise funds for those impacted by Hurricane Ida, one of the most powerful storms in regional history that made landfall on August 29, 2021. One dollar from every Who Dat six-pack purchased at the taproom or in stores, as well as a percentage of Who Dat pint sales at bars and restaurants that carry the beer, will be donated to the Urban South Coastal Harmony Fund.
Funds will be rapidly directed to organizations doing on-the-ground hurricane relief work in the southern region of Louisiana, plus those focused on the long-term work of rebuilding and fighting climate change. The brewery has set a $50,000 goal it hopes to achieve before the end of the year to help those in the community who have been affected by Hurricane Ida. Urban South’s New Orleans distribution partner, Southern Eagle Sales & Service, has generously agreed to match up to $12,000 in donations.
“As neighbors, colleagues and family members, we felt called to contribute to the rebuilding process that we know will be dealt with for many months to come,” said Kyle Huling, Co-Founder of Urban South Brewery. “Instead of doing a taproom release as we have in the past, we wanted to go broader with the hopes of raising more money. We couldn’t think of a better beer for this initiative than Who Dat, which is not only available throughout our distribution footprint, but is a representation of the cultural fabric of the state we love so much.”
Urban South created the Coastal Harmony Fund in 2020 in response to Hurricane Laura, which made landfall on August 27, 2020. The brewery raised more than $3,000 in taproom proceeds through the release of a limited edition Coastal Harmony beer. The brewery hopes to raise more funds for Hurricane Ida relief by choosing a beer available year-round in cans and on draught at bars, restaurants and stores throughout Urban South’s distribution footprint (currently Louisiana and Alabama).
Tröegs’ Trail Day supports Pennsylvania’s Kittatinny Ridge
Tröegs Independent Brewing once again partners with the Pennsylvania chapter of The Nature Conservancy to announce the release of Trail Day, a limited beer benefitting Pennsylvania’s Kittatinny Ridge, an ecologically important 185-mile chain of forested Appalachian mountains that runs through Pennsylvania. This dry-hopped pilsner begins with a backbone of German pilsner malt. Dry-hopping with Saaz hops lends mild citrus and earthy notes. As fermentation slows, we reintroduce fresh lager yeast, conditioning the beer and delivering crisp and clean notes of biscuit, dried spice and a hint of citrus.
A portion of proceeds from the sales of Trail Day will benefit the Tröegs Trail Day Fund to help protect 15,000 acres of the most critical, connected lands on and next to the ridge – from the Mason-Dixon Line into New York state through the Delaware Water Gap.
Indeed Brewing adds a new year-round malty beer
Indeed Brewing Co. is introducing a new core beer to its lineup. Loretta’s Dark Lager is a year-round malty beer that will be available in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin in 6-packs and on tap. Loretta’s will feature artwork by local Minneapolis artist Chuck U, who brought to life the vision of a supper club-inspired setting on the can.
“We asked Chuck to create a sense of place with Loretta’s can art. A place familiar to many, filled with years of good times and conversation. A place you walk into knowing you’re going to have a great time. And a place you might walk out with a fresh perspective or new understanding,” says Creative Director Andy Kiekhafer. “Examining the can you’ll find lots of treasures—little accents and details filled with local lore and legends. But Lorettas isn’t some made-up place; it’s a place where you’ve run into old neighbors, shared a family meal, and met new friends along the way!”
Hi-Wire Brewing blends some autumnal flavors
Fall is always a harbinger of change, and Hi-Wire Brewing is getting in the spirit with three exciting new beers, including a chai-spiced imperial stout, an extra hoppy pilsner collaboration with an Asheville, North Carolina favorite, and a brand new core-seasonal winter IPA.
A marriage of two of fall’s favorite flavors, Chai 10W-40 Imperial Stout blends Hi-Wire Brewing’s illustrious 10W-40 series fashioned after the viscous motor oil of the same name with the perfect concoction of Chai Masala spices from Asheville, NC’s renowned Spicewalla spice company founded by five-time James Beard Award nominee Meherwan Irani. The result? A deliciously rich dark beer made for the crisp autumn evenings approaching. Coming in at 8% ABV, satisfying chai spice notes from ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, clove, and allspice are accentuated by a velvety smooth and creamy backbone created by dark malts, chocolate, vanilla, and lactose.
Hopworks Urban Brewery gets fresh
Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB), the first B Corp brewery in the Pacific Northwest, has released its final two fresh hop beers for the season. Brewed with local malt from Mainstem Malt and local hops from B Corp Roy Farms, Fresh Hop Ace of Spades was given an addition of fresh Strata hops and Fresh Hop Downstream Salmon-Safe IPA with fresh Centennial hops.
“It’s bittersweet to be wrapping up fresh hop season, but this is a super tasty end!” said Matt Speckenbach, Head Brewer at Hopworks. “I love both of these beers, but as a West Coast IPA, Downstream is a beautiful example of sustainability and flavor working hand-in-hand, with 100% Salmon-Safe hops and malt bill brewed on our Salmon-Safe brew site.”
Fresh Hop Ace of Spades IIPA. This fresh hop beast is hopped out with fresh Strata on top of Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe, Mosaic, and Amarillo hops to balance beautiful citrus notes, a dank fresh hop addition, and a clean malt bitterness. 8.6% ABV. 100 IBU.
Fresh Hop Downstream IPA. This West Coast IPA is hit with fresh Centennial hops, giving it a melony aroma and fruity flavor that balances a crackery malt backbone. 7.0 ABV. 70 IBU.
Living the Dream’s experimental collab available at Whole Foods
Littleton, Colo.’s Living The Dream Brewing released an experimental IPA in collaboration with the Highlands Ranch, Colorado Whole Foods branch. Zap! Smash! was crafted with Zappa Hops, named in honor of Frank Zappa, and Colorado-grown Root Shoot Genie Pale Malt. This refreshing 5.4% IPA yields flavors of mango, passionfruit, citrus, and pine.
“Whole Foods reached out to us when their Highlands Ranch Store took on a full liquor license, and we were thrilled to partner with them on beer to celebrate their commitment to supporting local. We decided on a single malt and single hop beer, or S.M.A.S.H, beer featuring Colorado’s own Root Shoot Malting, and highlighting Zappa hops— a native North American hop variety,” explains Living The Dream founder Jason Bell. “The name came about as Zappa and SMASH reminded us of the old superhero shows where the action was accentuated by the large word bubbles like POW, BAM, etc.”