Beer Alert – New Dark Lagers, GABF Winners And Surprising Fall Sours

Fall beer season is here and it’s a great time for changing things up…And we’ve five new craft beer directions (some of them Great American Beer Festival winners) that you might want to chase down…

Strong Stuff (Asheville, NC) – Hi-Wire Brewing is returning a popular fall seasonal on October 23rd and with this being Oktoberfest season, it’s right on time. Brewed with a Mexican and Honduran blend of coffee from Dynamite Roasting Co, Hi-Wire Twice As Nice Doppelbock is an uber-robust 10% ABV Dark Lager that’s big, yet easy drinking.

Son of Sam (Boston, MA) – Sam Adams chose last week’s GABF to debut their newest creation, a unique brew that was crafted using a blend of both lager and ale yeast strains. With the fruitiness of an ale and the smoothness of a lager, Samuel Adam’s Sam ’76 is a 4.7% ABV refresher that according to Boston Beer sports a bright, juicy citrus hop flavor but not the hop bitterness.

Gold Medal Pumpkin Beer Winner! (Houston, TX) – We’re not at all surprised that Saint Arnold Brewing’s beloved fall seasonal took a gold at this year’s GABF competition. Already a World Beer Cup Silver Medal winner, Saint Arnold Pumpkinator is an ENORMOUS 11% ABV Imperial Stout that was brewed using 1,500 pounds of roasted fresh pumpkin, and tons of swagger.

Gold Medal Coffee Beer Winner! (Anchorage, AK) – Alaskan Brewing’s newest fall seasonal also took a gold medal at last week’s Great American Beer Festival, so you may want to track this one down. Brewed using a selection of Brazilian Paixao beans from Heritage Coffee Roasting, Alaskan Heritage Coffee Brown Ale is a 7% ABV cold-brewed and richly malted, GABF anointed masterpiece.

City of Roses (Portland, Oregon) – Cascade Brewing has just released a special sour with a name that pays homage to Portland’s official nickname “City of Roses.” A blend of Wheat and Blond Ales aged with rose petals, rose hips and hibiscus tea aged in oak wine barrels for almost 14 months, Cascade’s Rose City Sour is a 7% ABV blend with an unexpected hint of pepper.

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