Summer is ON! And brewers are addressing the late-July heat with a variety of intriguing new beer offerings, hefty and not, that pair brilliantly with just about everything.
A Concurrence Occurrence (Athens, GA) –Creature Comforts Brewing has released two Concurrence Stout variations that explore the ever-changing expression of stout, time, and spirits barrels.
Concurrence Blend 1 is a 13.7% ABV Imperial Stout that was aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans. This blend is made up of four different bourbon barrels chosen specifically for this particular beer. Creature Comforts used beautiful whole Ugandan vanilla beans at a rate of 4 pounds per bourbon barrel.
Concurrence Blend 2 is a 12.1% ABV Imperial Stout aged in rye whiskey barrels with coffee and cinnamon added. After aging nineteen months in the barrels, the brewery added coffee and cinnamon to the blend. Creature Comforts worked with local 1000 Faces Coffee to source Agua Limpa coffee, a nutty, chocolatey, and rich coffee from Brazil to accent the flavors of this particular beer.
Hey Cisco (Nantucket, MA) – Cisco Brewers has a new year-round offering that was developed by Cisco Innovation Brewer Mark Valeriani and initially released on draft at Cisco’s Portsmouth pub. Available now in 12-ounce can 12-packs and 6-pack bottles, Cisco Gateway IPA is a big, bold, 6.5% ABV West Coast-style India Pale Ale brewed with Mosaic, Chinook, Amarillo, and Simcoe hops.
Brut Stuff (Shiner, TX) – The Spoetzl Brewery (est. 1909) has a long history of crafting a wide variety of beers including their flagship Shiner brand. And now Shiner has released the latest addition to its Brewer’s Pride Series. Taking its cues from champagne, Shiner Brewers Pride Brut IPA is a bright and aromatic 6.8% ABV India Pale Ale with a crisp, effervescent and dry finish and a lingering mouthfeel.