Troegs Releasing Scratch # 278 Amber Lager

23 March 2017

imageFrom Troegs:

Often referred to as “Pre-Prohibition Lager,” the Vienna Lager’s defining characteristic is its toasted malt flavor, which suggests crusty bread and fresh-baked biscuits. Hallertau Mittelfrüh hops add a blend of spice, citrus and wildflowers to this traditional German beer style. Draft and growler fills now available in the Tasting Room.


Dogfish Head - Punkin Ale 2017

This morning you get your very first look at the 2017 packaging for this fall classic.  This is Dogfish Head Punkin 2017 and the beer will remain at 7%-AbV.  This is the 12oz bottle and the beer will be released in kegs as well in Aug.


Troegs Sunshine Pils Now Going Year-Round (Video)

From Troegs:

Sunshine Pils is a deceptively complex harmony of barley, water, hops and yeast. And good news: It’s now year-round.


New Belgium Adding New Single Foeder Oscar No 65 Dark Sour Bottles

This morning you get your very first look at an exciting new bottle coming from New Belgium.  This is Wood Cellar Reserve Single Foeder Oscar No 65 and it is a dark sour ale aged for 12-months in a first-use Missouri white oak foeder.  Believe it or not, New Belgium brewer Ted won this foeder in a bowling bet from Foeder Crafters.  This beer will hit 8.5%-AbV and it will be packaged in 750ml bottles, 375ml bottles and kegs.  Stay tuned here for release details./


Smuttynose Adding Whole Lotta Lupulin Double IPA Cans

imageHere we have an exciting new beer (and can) coming from Smuttynose.  This is Whole Lotta Lupulin Double IPA and it will be packaged in 12oz cans.  The AbV will be printed on the bottom of the can and stay tuned here for release details.


Rogue - Cold Brew IPA Coming To 12oz Cans

imageThis morning we get our very first peek at a new can coming from Rogue.  This is Cold Brew IPA and it remains an IPA brewed with cold brew coffee.  This “revolutionary blend” remains at 7.5%-AbV and 82 IBU and you’re looking at the 12oz can.  Stay tuned for release details.


Oakshire - Hellshire VII (2017)

imageThis morning you get your first look at Oakshire Hellshire VII.  This is the 2017 bottle packaging for this Bourbon barrel-aged Russian imperial stout and you’re looking at the artwork created by Sean Aaberg.  Hellshire VII will hit 14%-AbV and 50 IBU and it will be released in 22oz bottles.image


Flying Dog - Sunflower Pilsner Coming To Brewhouse Rarities Series Bottles

imageHere’s the bottle packaging for yet another new Flying Dog Brewhouse Rarities Series beer.  This is Sunflower Pilsner and it is an ale brewed with sunflower petals.  This beer was created by Zach & Carl of the Flying Dog sales team and the beer will shine in at 5.2%-AbV.  Look for Sunflower Pilsner to be packaged in 12oz bottles and kegs.


BridgePort Adding New Multiball Double IPA Bottles

This is Multiball coming to bottles from BridgePort Brewing in Portland, OR.  This double IPA uses seven types of “delicious” Northwest hops and the beer will hit 8.2%-AbV and 87 IBU and it will be package din 12oz bottles and kegs.  Stay tuned for release details.



Sly Fox Brewing Partners with Barcade on Chestnut Beer: Chest Bockwell 4/6

imageFrom Sly Fox:

Dunkel Bock brewed with chestnut flour will be on draft at all six Barcade
locations, starting with an exclusive Sly Fox multi-tap event in Philadelphia

On Thursday, April 6, at 4 p.m. Sly Fox Brewing Company will debut Chest Bockwell, a German-style lager brewed with real chestnuts, at Barcade (1114 Frankford Avenue) in Philadelphia’s popular Fishtown neighborhood. Chest Bockwell, affectionately named after John C. Reilly’s fictional crime-fighting character in the movie Boogie Nights, is a traditional Dunkel Bock, with chestnut flour added to the mash, drawing on rich Vienna, Munich, caramel and roasted malts from Bavaria for a toasted flavor profile.

Barcade’s management staff visited Sly Fox in Pottstown, PA on February 8 to brew this special collaboration beer weighing in at 7.4% ABV; originally, they wanted to use whole chestnuts in the mash – until Sly Fox head brewer Brian O’Reilly warned of “evil forces” being locked inside the chestnuts. The two sides compromised and used chestnut flour, perfectly balancing the sweet and savory nuisances of the delicate fruit.

“Barcade has been a champion of craft beer for more than a decade, way before craft beer was cool, and brewing a beer for them is an honor,” says O’Reilly. “When we started discussing the brew with the group, the idea of a Chestnut Bock stuck out to me. It was a challenge bringing an unusual ingredient like chestnuts into such a traditional style, and I am proud to say we pulled it off. The chestnut flour really added an interesting depth to this malt-forward beer in a balanced and delicious way.”

In addition to Chest Bockwell, Barcade will be pouring a slew of Sly Fox drafts at the release party, including:360 IPA, Helles Lager, Ichor, Odyssey, O’Reilly Stout, Phoenix Pale Ale, Pikeland Pils, Royal Weisse, Route 113 IPA and Saison VOS. Chest Bockwell will be available at all six Barcade locations throughout the region (Philadelphia, PA; Jersey City, NJ; Chelsea, NY; St. Mark’s, NY; Brooklyn, NY and New Haven, CT).

“We’re very happy to announce this collaborative beer, Chest Bockwell,” says Barcade President & CEO Paul Kermizian. “We have been great fans of Sly Fox for years, and have been talking about working on an exclusive with them for some time. We really enjoy traditional German-style lagers, but also beers with unusual ingredients. Here, we balanced those conflicting interests and developed a truly flavorful beer.”


ly Fox is the latest craft brewery to collaborate with Barcade’s extremely limited one-off series, a project dating back to 2010. Over the years, Barcade has proudly served the following beers as part of their series (click here for complete list): Shmaltz Pastrami Pils, Captain Lawrence Simpsons Did It! IPA, Smuttynose Coily, Greenport Harbor Goth Logger, Climax Barcade Anniversary Abbey, Fisherman’s Pepper II, Captain Lawrence Black and White IPA, Victory Fall Bockwards, Harpoon Sriracha Blonde, Fisherman’s Clam Porter, Climax Bavarian Dark, as well as beers from the Sixpoint-Barcade Beer Project.


Lost Abbey - Devil Went Down To Georgia (Ultimate Box Set Track # 11) Returns

imageHere we have the bottle packaging for Lost Abbey Devil Went Down To Georgia.  This Bourbon barrel-aged ale is brewed with peaches and black tea and you may remember it as Track # 11 in the Ultimate Box Set.  The 2017 version will be a slightly higher 12.5%-AbV (up from 12%) and the beer will be packaged in 12.7oz bottles and kegs.  Stay tuned here for release details.
also have the keg packaging for Ex Cathedra barrel-aged Quad with ginger and orange (13.8%-AbV).image


Ska Announces Kurt Randall As New Head Brewer

imageFrom Ska:

DURANGO, CO  (Mar. 23, 2017) – Ska Brewing today announces that industry veteran Kurt Randall will take on the title and role of Head Brewer. Randall’s new position will include oversight of brewing and cellaring operations, product innovation and the hiring and training of new personnel.

A Colorado brewer at heart, Randall began his career 13 years ago on the bottling line at Flying Dog Brewery in Denver. His uncanny natural understanding of the brewing process quickly led him to the role of Head Brewer in four short years. He brewed for Breckenridge and Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey and eventually took over the reigns in Great Divide’s quality control department before moving to Ska in 2015 to take on the position of Brewhouse Supervisor.

“With the exciting and innovative plans we have for our beers in the coming years, Kurt’s breadth of brewing knowledge will prove invaluable, the bonus being that we already know he fits in well with our cast of characters,” said Ska Co-founder, Dave Thibodeau, referring to the fact that Randall has worked with the brewing team at Ska for 2 years.

Randall is equally thrilled about his new role, and harkens back to his days as head brewer for Stranahan’s. “I’ve been a fan of Ska since crushing cans of Modus at the Rackhouse at Stranahan’s,” said Randall. “I can’t wait to lead our team into Ska’s next chapter.”

Randall will be at Collaboration Beer Fest in Denver on Saturday, Mar. 25 pouring the Coconut Curry Hefeweizen that Ska brewed in collaboration with Boulder Beer. Stop by the Ska Brewing-Boulder Beer booth to toast with Kurt this weekend!


RedHook Longhammer IPA University Of Washington Huskies Edition

imageHere we have an interesting new edition of Longhammer IPA from RedHook.  This is the “Mighty Are The Purple And Gold” packaging and it salutes the University of Washington Huskies.  The beer remains at 6.2%-AbV and this is a 12oz bottle.


Mikkeller - Beer Geek Flat White

imageThis morning we get to see Mikkeller Beer Geek Flat White.  This beer is an oatmeal stout brewed with coffee and lactose and the beer hits 7.5%-AbV.  Look for Flat White to be packaged in 11.2oz bottles at DeProef.


Ecliptic Brewing Rye Barrel-Aged UltraViolet Blackberry Sour

imageThis morning we get to see Ecliptic Brewing Rye Barrel-Aged UltraViolet.  This blackberry sour ale is Batch No 1 and it is brewed with Oregon blackberries before being barrel aged for 10-months in 6-year old Rye Whiskey barrels.  This April 2017 batch will hit 10%-AbV and you’re looking at the 22oz bottle.


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