New Year, New Beer Release Round Up

Blake Smith, January 10, 2014

Got a ton of beers to highlight, so enough with the chit chat.

  1. Since I'm visiting Saturday, I thought it would only be fitting that I start with a Firestone Walker release: Easy Jack (Session IPA). Not much has been said about this beer, other than that it will be released in the "summer". I believe there is a huge market for session IPAs, and expect the style to only grow in 2014.
  2. Hopslam (Imperial/Double IPA) started distribution in Michigan this past Monday, it will follow set guidelines for Bell's distribution in the next couple weeks (see the link for specifics). Hopslam is currently #4 overall on the leaderboard (Style: 111, BAR: 14.47), be sure to grab some if you can get your hands on it. 
  3. This past weekend Speakeasy Ales & Lagers released a chocolate milk stout called "Black Hand". They used TCHO chocolate of San Francisco, "the brewery teamed up with Brad Kintzer, Head Chocolatier at San Francisco’s TCHO Chocolate, who recommended a special blend of Ecuadorian cacao nibs, which lend a subtle nutty character." Which might I add, is the same chocolate used in Port Brewing's "Board Meeting" (BAR: 4.95). 
  4. You may remember Stone's Stygian Descent (Self-Righteous Black IPA aged in Templeton Rye Whiskey Barrels), from my tease in last week's chat. It looks to be apart of Stone's Quingenti Millilitre series. So if you were fortunate or unfortunate enough to recieve Crime & Punishment distribution, you should likely see this one.
  5. Speaking of Stone, Mitch Steele was up at Heretic Brewing with Mike McDole of the Brewing Network, working on Evil3, a Triple IPA!
  6. Thanks to Ceetar for the heads up on this one: Troegs Nugget Nectar (Imperial/Double Red) was released on Monday. Again, you will not want to miss out on this MVP (Style: 113, BAR: 11.4) as it currently sits at #19 on the overall leaderboard.
  7. Almanac has released 3! sours as part of SF Beer Week 2014. I hope to try them all, but Sourdough Wild Ale, sounds especially tasty; "Brewed with a mash of raw and malted barley, oats, rye, spelt and lemon, this beer is fermented in used wine barrels with a blend of Brettanomyces wild yeasts and Marla Bakery’s San Francisco Sourdough yeast. The finished beer is dry-hopped with tropical Mosaic hops."
  8. Alaskan Brewing Co. has announced their newest year-round beer, Hopothermia (Double IPA). Looks like it will be sold in 4 packs, with ABV of 8.5% at 70 IBUs. This is not something I would of really ever expected from Alaskan, but there is money to be made in IPAs and DIPAs.
  9. Great Lake's Brewing will be releasing their barrel-aged Blackout Stout (Style: 107, BAR: 5.91) on January 20th, at their production brewery by pre-sale tickets. Ticketholders will get first dibs, any left over offerings will be sold the next day in their gift shop.
  10. Normally I highlight releases and returns, but I thought it was important to mention that Anchor Steam will be releasing their Bock for one last time. "Anchor Brewing Company announces the release and final selling season of Anchor Bock Beer, a seasonal interpretation of the strong German beers that mark the beginning of spring." They will be retiring this Spring seasonal with another unannounced seasonal in the future.

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