So many beers, So little time…With so many craft breweries, releasing so many beers, we thought it might help to provide a weekly update on all the new beers that are hitting the streets …..So welcome to this week’s edition of Newbies – your guide to great new craft beer releases!
Twin Sisters See Double (Longmont, CO) – Colorado-based Left Hand Brewing Company has just announced the long overdue return of their popular Twin Sisters Double IPA. A veritable hop farm with twice the amount of hops as most IPAs, Twin Sisters is big, earthy, and robust and will soon be available in 22oz bottles and kegs. But you’d better grab it now because this biennial beer will not be brewed again until 2015.
Multi-Newbies from Weyerbacher (Easton, PA) – Weyerbacher Brewing Co. has announced three newbies and they all sound unbelievably awesome.
Weyerbacher Riserva 2012 is an American Wild Ale aged on Raspberries. It’s fermented using a blend of Saccharomyces yeast and Brettanomyces yeast that helps produce the funky, sour, and fruity flavors and aromas. The beer was aged for more than a year in oak barrels with raspberries, giving the beer its pungent raspberry aroma and its defining red color. A very limited quantity of Riserva will be distributed to select states, and it will become available at the brewery starting at 10 am on Saturday, March 23rd.
Weyerbacher Heresy Whiskey Barrel-Aged Old Heathen Imperial Stout is rolling out as well and should soon be hitting retail. Heresy is an 8% ABV Imperial Stout, which has been aged in American oak casks formerly used to make whiskey, and we’re guessing it might be brilliant.
Weyerbacher’s third newbie is Zulu – the 26th and final installment in the first “Brewers’ Select Series,” which used each alphabet letter at the beginning of the names of each special one-off beer. Weyerbacher Zulu is a 3.7% ABV “Eastoner Weisse” – a wheat ale akin to a Berliner Weisse.
Upslope’s Belgian Pale Ale Returns Today (Boulder, CO) – Upslope Brewing Company’s popular Belgian-style pale ale is making its return, and if you drop by their tap room this afternoon (3/14), you’ll be able to walk right back to their canning line and grab a fresh can before the lid is dropped on it! Upslope Belgian-Style Pale Ale was a Great American Beer Festival medal winner in 2009 in the Pro-Am Competition and it should be hitting retail in the next two weeks…so you know what to do!
Craft Beer Class Reunion (Bend, OR) – Deschutes Brewery, North Coast Brewing and Rogue Ales have teamed up to create a traditional barley wine as the first in Deschutes Brewery’s Class of ’88 collaboration series. The series will include a number of commemorative beers to celebrate the 25th anniversary of craft breweries around the country that were founded in 1988. The Class of ’88 Barley Wine was based on the guidelines published in renowned beer connoisseur Fred Eckhardt’s The Essentials of Beer Style, which was originally published in 1988. Each of the three breweries working on the project brewed their own interpretation of that original recipe. The three resulting barley wines have a common heritage and ingredients. Release events are being planned for the third week in April, when a limited amount of 22oz bottles will be made available to the public.
Something special from the Bronx Boys (Bronx, NY) – Our friends at The Bronx Brewery are set to launch their third specialty beer, the Bronx Belgian Pale Ale, next week and we’re psyched about it. Using two strains of Trappist yeast, they’ve crafted something unique, complex, and special. The new beer will go on sale in select bars and restaurants throughout New York City, Long Island, and various other New York counties next Monday, March 18 and will be available through the end of June.