With Christmas now in the rearview mirror and the New Year just days away, breweries are cranking out festive offerings some traditional and other wonderfully unexpected…And we’ve several heady craft beer directions that you might need in hand as we head into 2019.
Athens to Athens (Athens, GA) – After a year of resting in different wine barrels, Creature Comforts Beer will be releasing a special collaboration they did with Athens, Ohio-based Jackie O’s Brewery in January. Crafted with spelt sourced from Jackie O’s Ohio community and wheat locally sourced from DaySpring Farms in Georgia, Athens to Athens Grist to Grist is a 6% ABV Saison that blended Creature Comforts’ house-mixed culture and Jackie O’s unique culture to create something tart and new.
Ibex Time! (St Louis, MO) – The largest locally owned craft brewery in St. Louis, Schlafly Beer just released something new From the Ibex Cellar series, but fasten your seatbelt because this thing’s hefty. A new twist on one of the brewery’s most-lauded brews, Schlafly Barrel-Aged Barleywine is a 10.2% ABV English-style Ale with a sturdy malt backbone and prominent vanilla, oak and whiskey tones.
Drink Your Heart Out (Loveland, CO) – Grimm Brothers Brewhouse has just announced the return of a highly anticipated annual release which is always a little different every time around. Brewed with copious amounts of black cherries and tart cherries, Grimm Brothers The Bleeding Heart 2019 is a 7% ABV Baltic Porter with a medley of malts and dark fruit notes and a crisp roasted finish.
Taking It To The Max (Ft Collins, CO) – With Christmas now a memory and New Year’s nearing, Maxline Brewing has something barrel-aged that’s perfect for this time of year. The debut beer from the brewery’s ambitious barrel-aging program, Maxline Rum Barrel-Aged Winter Warmer, is a 7.3% ABV Amber Ale that’s been deftly spiced with cinnamon, clove, allspice and ginger and aged to perfection rum barrels from Coppermuse Distillery.
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