March is ON and American craft brewers are addressing the changing season with a variety of ambitious new offerings that are fun and user-friendly…
Road Ready (Bellingham, WA) – Kulshan Brewing has an interesting new release that nods to both Bruce Springsteen and a proud English brewing tradition. Floral yet earthy with just enough bitterness, Kulshan Thunder Road is a massive 12% ABV British-style Barleywine with a warming booziness, followed by lingering notes of graham cracker and toffee.
Charmed (Hershey, PA) – Tröegs Independent Brewing recently introduced its first new year-round release in 4 years …a beer that spent more than six months in development at the brewery’s small-batch Scratch Brewhouse. Dry-hopped with a hefty combination of Citra, Lotus and El Dorado, and deftly fermented with London 3 yeast, Tröegs Haze Charmer is a 5.5% ABV Hazy India Pale Ale with an ultra-soft mouthfeel and HUGE pineapple, fresh grapefruit and candied peach notes.
The Joke Is On You (Portland, OR) – Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB), the first B Corp brewery in the Pacific Northwest, has returned a much-anticipated limited release that generated considerable buzz when it was first introduced last year. Brimming with Cashmere, Chinook, and Kohatu hops yet minimally bitter, HUB Joker Imperial Hazy IPA is a full-bodied 8.1% ABV India Pale Ale that’s nothing to laugh at.
Each year, the Joker, much like a real court jester, will be a wildcard when it comes to its hops and malt bill, so enjoy this year’s batch and look forward to a fresh, new Joker in 2022,” said Matt Speckenbach, Head Brewer at Hopworks. “You might also notice a big 13 on the skull of this year’s label, which signifies our 13th anniversary! Stay tuned for more on that as we plan to celebrate our anniversary at our brewpubs on Earth Day this year.”
Black Rice And Nice (Boonville, CA) – Anderson Valley Brewing has a unique year-round offering that is brewed with a black rice which was once reserved only for Chinese royalty, and is renowned for its powerful antioxidant properties. Brewed with American two-row pale malt and a good helping of the prized black rice, Anderson Valley Black Rice Ale is an approachable 3.8% ABV Nut Brown Ale with dark rye bread undertones and a subtly nutty finish.
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