Well, it’s not over, but many states are lifting restrictions and people have begun to crawling out of their homes like on Groundhog Day.
And we’ve more new releases that pair smartly with COVID-19 drinking games.
An Artful Oktoberfest (Grand Rapids, MI) – In August Founders Brewing will be debuting as special lager that was brewed to celebrate ArtPrize, an international art competition that takes place every year in the brewery’s hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The seventh release Founders has brewed to raise awareness for ArtPrize that was crafted using imported German malts and hops, Founders Oktoberfest is a 6% ABV Märzen Style Lager with a striking copper hue with a rich, malty backbone.
“Brewing traditional German-style beers, especially malt-forward lagers, isn’t something we’re especially accustomed to,”said Founders Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki. “I’ve really begun to enjoy drinking Märzens over the past few years and decided to get serious about a recipe.”
Two Lemons Leaping (LaGrange, GA) – Wild Leap Brewing has a new addition to its popular Truck Chaser Series that’s worth chasing down (sorry). Brewed using fresh puréed lemon and real vanilla bean with added milk sugar to give the beer a creamy sweetness, Wild Leap Truck Chaser Lemon Ice is an 8.1% ABV India Pale Ale that combines the flavors of a frozen lemon treat with a big, juicy IPA.
Wild Leap’s Truck Chaser Series was created as a salute to the brewery’s Chief Brewing Officer, Chris Elliott’s past career in the ice cream industry.
“Because it is such a special series, I’m very particular with the design process,” explains Elliott. “After the crew has gathered around and taken a vote on the inspiration for the next release, the ingredient selection process is extremely strategic.”
Truck Chaser Lemon Ice is available now for curbside pickup as well as at Georgia retailers.
Bell’s Black Is Beautiful Collaboration In August ( Comstock, MI) – Bell’s Brewery has joined in on the Black is Beautiful initiative that was launched by Marcus Baskerville, founder and head brewer at Weathered Souls Brewing, to help bring awareness to the injustices many people of color face daily.
Bell’s version of the Weathered Souls Imperial Stout recipe will be released in 6-pack bottles exclusively at Bell’s General Store in downtown Kalamazoo and Upper Hand Brewery Taproom in August. As part of this initiative, Bell’s will make donations to two local Black-led organizations…the Kalamazoo NAACP and Face Off Theatre.