Things happen fast in the craft brewing world. Click here If you missed last week’s update. Here’s the latest weekly Craft Brewing Update on what’s happening in our region and the craft brewing scuttlebutt and goings on around the country:
Green Room Brewing’s Tequila Barrel Aged Quetzalcoatl
Jacksonville Beach, FL: Green Room brewing is releasing it’s much coveted Tequila Barrel Aged Quetzalcoatl today, Friday the 1st of May, 2015 and tomorrow, Saturday the 2nd of May, 2015. Quetzalcoatl is an Imperial Red ale brewed with cassava root, chiles, vanilla and cocoa nibs. This marks the second year that Green Room has released a tequila barrel aged version of Quetzalcoatl and it’s absolutely the best tequila barrel aged beer this author has ever tried. With a limited bottle release of approximately 200 750ml bottles, expect this beer to go fast. Green Room’s mug club members have the opportunity to purchase their bottles tonight while general sales to the public begin tomorrow (Saturday) at 12:00 pm. Last year’s price was $15.00 a bottle and this year’s price should be in that $15-$20 range. With such a limited bottle amount, you might want to line up early for this one. Click here to get Green Room Brewing’s details/address.
Cigar City, So Hot Right Now…
Tampa, FL: Cigar City Brewing has released another El Catador perk for El Cat 2.0, T-Shirts. There’s a pre-order for the latest designs of El Catador 2.0 t-shirts and work shirts right now through May 12th on the main Cigar City Brewing website. Cigar City’s latest beverage releases include:
- Cigar City Cider & Wine’s Orange Blossom Mead. A semi-sweet 100% orange blossom mead that’s 13% abv.
- Cigar City’s Jolly Ollie IPA, a 7.8% fresh hopped IPA.
- Cigar City’s A Beer Named Sue commemorative prickly pear Florida-weisse (releasing today). Brewed in collaboration with Cycle Brewing, J Wakefield Brewing and 7th Sun Brewing to commemorate the life of Tampa beer icon Sue Muntner.
Veterans United Brewing Hop Banshee hits distro!
Jacksonville, FL: Veteran’s United brewing in Jacksonville, FL has released it’s new IPA, Hop Banshee, to distribution. Hop Banshee is available in 12 ounce cans and in six packs. Hop Banshee is a West Coast Style American IPA made with four C-hops (Cascade, Centennial, Chinook & Columbus). At 6.5% abv and a generous golden malt structure to support the 66 IBU’s, Hop Banshee is a delight for the hops obsessed. Ask for Hop Banshee at a quality store, restaurant or bottle shop near you.
National Brewing News:
Sun King Afternoon Delight, it certainly is…
Indianapolis, IN: Sun King Brewing has released it’s next beer in it’s reserve series: Sun King Afternoon Delight. Sun King Afternoon Delight is a Bourbon Barrel Aged Doppelbock. This beer was a winner at GABF in 2013 in the wood and barrel aged strong beer category and a gold medal winner in 2012 & 2013 for the barrel aged classic style category in the Festival of Barrel Aged Beer. Available in 2 packs @ $22.50 per pack, this beer is definitely one that’s worth acquiring. I’ve had the pleasure of trying some of Sun King’s beers. You want this. The beer was released yesterday.
Highland Park Brewery presents Cherry Spazz.
Los Angeles, CA: Highland Park Brewery in Los Angeles, CA is unveiling it’s latest installment of Cherry Spazz. Cherry Spazz is a dry, tart, funky Berliner fermented with Lacto and Brett. With over 2 lbs. per gallon of sour cherries thrown into the mix, Cherry Spazz is sure to be an over the top cherry delight for the sour beer lover. Quaffable at a sensible 4.3% abv, Cherry Spazz is available via Eventbrite pre-sale only. Order your bottles for $15 a pop (plus eventbrite fee) for a 500 ml. bottle by clicking here. Arrange for pickup at the brewery in person. No word on mules or bottle limits.
Burnt Hickory Brewing takes the cake with Courageous Conductor.
Kennesaw, GA: Burnt Hickory Brewing is poised to unleash their Red Velvet Cake Porter beer called Courageous Conductor. Courageous Conductor is an Imperial Porter (7.8%) flavored with red velvet cake natural flavors. This beer will be available in 22 oz. bottles and will more than likely be a brewery release. Keep a watch on this beer to hit the craft beer world sometime in May. No word yet on prices or bottle limits.
On Our Radar:
- Prairie Artisan Ales: Prairie Artisan Ales new beer Prairie Elizabeth midwest farmhouse ale has hit distribution.
- Funky Buddha: Funky Buddha Blueberry Cobbler is coming to distro in 12 oz. bottles. Yea!
- Toppling Goliath: Toppling Goliath is bottling Xhops in bombers as we speak.
- Two Roads Brewing: Two Roads Brewing Roadsmarys Baby Pumpkin Ale is coming in 12 ounce cans. Up yours InBev.
- Heavy Seas: Heavy Seas is releasing Blackbeards Breakfast BA Imperial Coffee Porter May 13th.