Dogfish Head releases a coconut IPA

Coconut IPA – yes! Photo courtesy Dogfish Head Brewing Company.

I’ve had a few coconut beers in my time, so when I read this release from Dogfish Head, I have to admit I was intrigued!   Looking forward to trying this one for sure:

Dogfish Head Celebrates the Summer with a Tropically Off-Centered Lupu-Luau IPA!
A juicy, coconut-centric IPA brewed with a tropical trifecta of toasted coconut, experimental hops and dehydrated coconut water

Milton, Del., July 7, 2017 – Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is excited to welcome its newest off-centered ale to the party, Lupu-Luau IPA, a coconut-centric India Pale Ale brewed with a tropical trifecta of toasted coconut, experimental hops and dehydrated coconut water. Clocking in at 7.3% ABV and 45 IBUs, this unique take on a tropical IPA begins shipping nationally to taps and shelves in early June. Hazy with a white head, Lupu-Luau IPA gets its name from Lupulin, the hop flower gland containing essential oils, and luau, because Lupu-Luau is a tropical party in your mouth!

Lupu Luau IPA gets its unique, tropical fruit, pineapple and citrusy aroma from an experimental hop that throws generous coconut and woodsy notes into the flavor profile of the beer. “We worked hard to secure the majority of the full domestic yield of this experimental hop crop for years to come and Dogfish is currently the only brewery contracted to purchase it,” says Sam Calagione, founder and CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. “We use dehydrated coconut water that contains delicious natural sugars and flaked toasted coconut as centerpieces of the beer – ingredients that pay homage to Coco Loco, a coconut blonde brewpub exclusive we brewed back in 2011 and an early example of tropical fruit IPA innovation from Dogfish.”

India Pale Ale is the highest-volume and fastest growing beer style in America and the largest breakout sub-style is the fruit IPA. In May 2017, the Brewers Association reported that the fruit IPA experienced a 236.67% growth in a rolling 52 week period. Dogfish Head is proud to be a leading pioneer in the evolution of the fruit IPA arena as it is the first American brewery to package and ship fruit IPAs nationally. In 1996, Dogfish released Aprihop, a massively hopped fruit India Pale Ale brewed with apricots, and the brewery has continued to innovate and experiment with all natural culinary ingredients including beautiful fruits, fresh citrus and tropical coconuts. To find and enjoy Lupu-Luau IPA and other off-centered Dogfish Head brews in your area, visit www.dogfish.com/brewery/fishfinder.

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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Winter is almost here – Ommegang announces next GOTR brew

Photo courtesy Brewery Ommegang.

This week, Cooperstown, NY-based Brewery Ommegang, in conjunction with HBO, announced their next beer in their Game of Thrones inspired series.  “Winter is Here” is a double white beer, named for the impending zombie invasion in the show.   The brew will be released in October, as well as a re-release of their Fire and Blood Ale.

The full press release can be seen here.

In addition, Ommegang recently announced the release a new beer – Fruition.

Fruition from Ommegang. Photo courtesy Brewery Ommegang.

Brewery Ommegang’s Fruition is a new, hazy, tropically-infused year-round beer

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) Brewery Ommegang is proud to announce a brand new year-round offering, Fruition. This refreshing 5.3% ABV dry-hopped wheat ale begins as award-winning Witte as the base beer and is then given a tropical twist with the addition of mango, kiwi, and passion fruit juices. The result is a slightly tart and fruity, hop-forward beer that’s exceptionally drinkable. It’s the perfect beer to pair with summer.
“As with every beer we brew, we strive to make all the elements blend together, and we think we’re succeeded in that quest with Fruition,” says Ommegang’s brewmaster Phil Leinhart. “Fruition is our first foray into the tropical fruit flavors that consumers find so appealing with New World hop varieties, and we look forward to feedback from fans.”
Brewed with malted and unmalted wheat and oat flakes, and spiced with sweet orange peel and coriander, Fruition is fermented with mango, kiwi, and passion fruit juices then dry-hopped with Citra and Cascade hops.
Fruition pours a pale straw color with moderate haziness and a fluffy white head. Tropical fruit and citrus aromas dominate the nose and the flavor follows suit with tart tropical fruit and citrus up front, followed by a smooth mouthfeel with a medium body. The finish is resoundingly dry with nice effervescence. The dryness and acidity of Fruition make it a perfect beer to pair with all manner of cheeses, particularly cheeses with some funk. The effervescence also makes this beer a great pairing with saltier foods – try Fruition with Belgian frites or chicken & waffles.
Fruition is available now in 12 oz. six-packs and on draft in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CT, CO, DE, FL, GA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, and Washington D.C. Fans can use the brewery’s beer finder to search for retailers by zip code.
About Brewery Ommegang
Brewery Ommegang opened in 1997 to brew imaginative craft beers across a variety of styles, with particular emphasis and respect for Belgian brewing traditions. Ommegang brews nine ales year-round, as well as an extensive and innovative range of seasonal and specialty ales. The beers have won a national following by connoisseurs of fine beer and are distributed in 46 states and internationally. Ommegang is located on a 136-acre farmstead in Cooperstown, New York and offers free daily tours and inexpensive tastings as well as a 75-seat café, a well-stocked brewery store, and an annual calendar of public events including a summer concert series and a legendary beer festival, Belgium Comes to Cooperstown. Ommegang is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. For more information, contact info@ommegang.com, call 1-607-544-1800, or visit www.ommegang.com. Ommegang is a member of the Duvel family of fine beers. Follow Ommegang on Twitter: @BreweryOmmegang, Facebook.com/Ommegang, and Instagram: @BreweryOmmegang

Sly Fox Releases Hop Project .003 IPA

Sly Fox Hop Project release 003 available now! Photo courtesy Sly Fox Brewing Company.

Another new IPA was released by Sly Fox on July 8 – check it out!

No. 003
India Pale Ale

Robust quantities of Citra, Denali, and Centennial hops were incorporated into the third IPA to emerge from Sly Fox’ ongoing Hop Project series.

Hop Profile
Citra, Denali, Centennial

Find It!
07.08.17
Pottstown Tastin’ Room, Phoenixville Brewpub, and in limited quantities at fine beer purveyors throughout Pennsylvania.

Read more about their Hop Project here.

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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Iron Hill cans “Crusher” IPA just in time for summer

“Crusher IPA” now in cans. Photo courtesy Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant.

Iron Hill’s popular “Crusher” IPA has been canned and is available for purchase in 4 packs of cans for your enjoyment around your own pool, the beach or the mountains.   See the press release below:

SUMMER CRUSH: IRON HILL TO RELEASE CRUSHER™ IN CANS
The popular brewery’s latest beer release joins their rapidly growing line-up of canned beers, available in four-packs of 16-oz. cans to go while supplies last

On Thursday, June 29, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant will release Crusher™ in cans. Since Iron Hill committed to making more of their beers available to fans in cans, they have consistently released some of their most popular and exciting offerings with an eye towards seasonality; Crusher is a summery IPA perfect for the hottest time of year.
· Crusher™ is a hoppy session ale brewed with a blend of Amarillo, Cascade and Mosaic hops for bright aromas of grapefruit, and ripe pineapple
The refreshing IPA will be available in limited quantities, while supplies last, in four-packs of 16-oz. cans
Like several of Iron Hill’s recent can releases, the can itself features a fun refreshed design from Pittsburgh, PA’s Smith Brothers Agency, joining other Iron Hill favorites such as Rising Sun IPA, Vienna Red Lager and Mahalo, Apollo!

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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Alesmith to release .394 Pale Ale Nationwide!

A press release from Alesmith on July 5 announced that their .394 will be available nationwide!   Here’s the release:

FOR FIRST TIME EVER, ALESMITH HALL OF FAME IMPERIAL SAN DIEGO PALE ALE .394 TO BE AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE

Second Generation Tip-of-the-Cap to Tony Gwynn Keeps Memory of Baseball Legend Alive

SAN DIEGO (JULY 5, 2017) – San Diego’s AleSmith Brewing Co. announces today its Hall of Fame Imperial San Diego Pale Ale .394 will be available in markets nationwide beginning in July.

<image003.jpg>About Hall of Fame Imperial San Diego Pale Ale .394
In 2014, AleSmith released the original San Diego Pale Ale .394, named for the batting average at which the late Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres great and Hall of Famer, finished the 1994 season. AleSmith and Gwynn collaborated in the development of the beer, which Gwynn described as “light with a kick”.

The following year, after Gwynn’s passing, AleSmith paid homage to the legendary slugger by introducing a limited-edition imperial or double version available only in the San Diego market. The higher-octane interpretation, dubbed Hall of Fame Imperial San Diego Pale Ale .394, weighed in at 9.0% ABV packed into 22 oz. bottles adorned with Gwynn’s Hall of Fame signature.

Now, for the first time, Hall of Fame Imperial San Diego Pale Ale .394 will be available outside California. Like its predecessor, the imperial .394 is bursting with American hops, delivering a well-balanced palate of citrus, tropical fruit and pine notes.

“Tony’s spirit and the friendship we developed while working together has brought the Gwynn and Zien families incredibly close,” said Peter Zien, owner and CEO of AleSmith Brewing Co. “We hold the Tony Gwynn 5.5K run and walk annually with proceeds benefitting the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation. Hall of Fame Imperial San Diego Pale Ale .394 is just one more way for us to keep the memory of our dear friend alive.”

AleSmith Hall of Fame Imperial San Diego Pale Ale .394, will be available at the AleSmith Brewing Co. tap room and on- and off-premise accounts across the U.S.

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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Happy Belated 21st Birthday to River Horse!

 

Happy 21st Birthday! Photo courtesy of River Horse Brewing Company

It’s hard to believe that River Horse Brewing is 21 years old!  I remember the days (probably around 1999) of buying a variety case of River Horse and unfortunately each variety tasted like liquid pennies!   Things started to get better – I’ll never forget the  filtered Summer Ale and my first Belgian Freeze.  But in 2007 it definitely turned around – Processes were enhanced and the fun began!

River Horse has absolutely gotten better with age.   I’ve especially enjoyed their varieties I’ve tasted recently – like their tart but very drinkable Cranberry Sour.

So Cheers to River Horse!  Here’s to another 21 years!

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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Iron Hill’s Long Time Favorite Vienna Red Lager to be Released in Cans

Vienna Red Lager now in cans! Photo courtesy of Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant announced today that one of its flagship brews – “Vienna Red Lager” – will now be available in cans!  See the press release:

SEEING RED: IRON HILL TO RELEASE VIENNA RED LAGER IN CANS
The popular brewery’s latest beer release joins their growing line-up of canned beers,
and will be available in four-packs of 16-oz. cans to go while supplies last

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant released Vienna Red Lager in cans on June 1, making one of their best-selling and most-awarded beers available in conveniently portable packaging for the first time. Recently, Iron Hill committed to making more of their beers available to fans in cans, and this latest release is their latest in a growing series of top-notch canned craft beers.
· Vienna Red Lager is a European-style amber lager, medium-bodied with delicate malt aroma, slight sweetness and a clean, crisp finish
The popular palate-pleaser will be available in limited quantities, while supplies last, in four-packs of 16-oz. cans for take-out only
Vienna Red Lager will also be available on draft at all 12 Iron Hill locations
The beer earned bronze medals at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in 1999 and 2011; a gold medal at GABF in 2008; and a silver medal at the World Beer Cup in 2008
The can also features a fun new design from Pittsburgh, PA’s Smith Brothers Agency, the third in a series of collaborations between the brewery and the firm, including Rising Sun IPA and Mahalo, Apollo!

Now you’ll be able to enjoy that Iron Hill favorite next to the pool!

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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Troegs “Nimble Giant” returns June 12

Troegs “Nimble Giant” returns! Photo courtesy Troegs Brewing Company.

We were excited to read in a press release from Troegs Brewing today that last year’s new release, “Nimble Giant” will be back on shelves on June 12!  Here’s what they had to say:

Nimble Giant Returns!
“Without sway, there can be no balance.” Beginning on Monday, June 12, Nimble Giant returns to beer shelves wherever you can buy Tröegs beer! You can also #findthegiant on draft at your favorite bar. Our Once-a-Year Double IPA gracefully boasts grapefruit rind, pineapple and honeysuckle notes with a hint of earthy forest floor. Behold the wonder! Visit troegs.com/nimble for more details including the release schedule.

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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Philly Beer Week is here – Opening Tap tonight at the Fillmore

After much anticipation, Philly Beer Week is back!

Opening Tap is tonight at the Fillmore, with the first keg being tapped at 7:20!   But until after the special VIP hour from 6 – 7!   Here’s what Philly Loves Beer (www.phillylovesbeer.org) is saying about the VIP Session:

Check out a sampling from our list of VIP Beers, available EXCLUSIVELY to OT VIP guests:
Southern Tier Sapsquatch
Troegs Scratch 284
Weyerbacher Finally Legal
Yards Brewbik’s Cube [a collaboration with the Philadelphia Science Festival]
Free Will Funky Hoppy People
Captain Lawrence American Funk
Heavy Seas PartnerShips [a collaboration with Union Craft Brewing]
Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS)
2SP, Forest & Main, Crime & Punishment, Second District Velcro Fweak
Coppertail Purple Drink
Ploughman Cider Pinot N’Arlet
Evolution Lot 215
Levante 3D Hippo
..and plenty more to put in your special glass..

Hope to see you there tonight, and round the city all week long!

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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Philly Beer Week is coming – and a new Lager from Sly Fox

Philly Beer Week starts this Thursday night with opening tap!   And Sly Fox has just announced that it has created a new lager that will be released for the occasion- the press release is below.

Hope to see you out and about during Philly Beer Week!

SLY FOX TO DEBUT NORTHERN LIBERTIES STANDARD LAGER
The beer is a collaboration between Brewmaster Brian O’Reilly, Standard Tap’s William Reed and fourth-generation brewer Bill Moeller, who worked at Philly’s historic Ortlieb’s and Schmidt’s breweries and developed the original recipe for modern classic Brooklyn Lager

On Thursday, June 1 at approximately 5:27 p.m. beer lovers following the Philly Beer Week Hammer of Glory (HOG) Relay are in for an extra-special treat: when the official keg hammer reaches Standard Tap, it will be used for a ceremonial first tapping of Northern Liberties Standard Lager. Brewed collaboratively by Sly Fox Brewing Company, Standard Tap owner William Reed and 91-year-old Bill Moeller, this extraordinary lager puts Moeller’s encyclopedic knowledge of beer as a fourth-generation brewer and brewing consultant on historic display on what is sure to be an instant classic in Philadelphia’s thriving beer scene. Standard Tap (901 North 2nd Street) will also host a debut brunch for Northern Liberties Standard Lager on Sunday, June 4 starting at 11 a.m. with O’Reilly, Reed and Moeller leading a meet-and-greet at 12 noon.

“Researching and brewing this beer with Bill has been an amazing opportunity, reminding me how much I still have to learn,” says O’Reilly. “Bill was brewing for 28 years in iconic Philadelphia breweries such as Ortlieb’s and Schmidt’s, at a time before home brewing was even legal in the United States. It’s a real honor to debut this collaborative brew with a true living legend – a man who helped put the Northern Liberties neighborhood on the beer map – during the 10th anniversary of Philly Beer Week.”

The inspiration for Northern Liberties Standard Lager struck when O’Reilly, Reed and Moeller were scrolling through Bills’ father’s malting and brewing notebook and discovered a lager recipe, dated February 6, 1920. At 5.8% ABV, the beer is very drinkable and fresh, brewed with German Two-Row, Caramel and Munich malts, and hopped with Cascade and Hallertau hops. They also used kräusening, a process that Bill requested, wherein about 10% young, still-fermenting beer is added to the aging beer, creating a secondary fermentation that adds flavor and carbonates the beer naturally.

“The long lager-ing period of near freezing temperatures is essential, as it smooths out the beer and rids it of rough-tasting tannins,” says Moeller. “I believe that kräusening produces beautiful complexity in a lager beer, and I was thrilled that Brian and Will were up for it. This is a beer with hair on its chest!”

Per Bill’s orders, a real lager must adhere to a “low and slow” fermentation process and age for at least six weeks. The final product is medium-firm bodied, with deep copper color, complex malty nose and balanced, brassy malt-hop finish. Northern Liberties Standard Lager is the latest installment in an ongoing series of collaboration beers started in 2008 between Sly Fox and Standard Tap and will be available at Standard Tap, Johnny Brenda’s (also owned by Reed) and at Sly Fox locations in Pottstown, PA and Phoenixville, PA.

“Reading Bill’s father’s meticulous hand-written notes made the family’s lengthy brewing tradition really come alive, and it’s very exciting to be able to pour the fruits of so much effort and history,” says Reed. “Fittingly, Northern Liberties Standard Lager will debut just a half-block from where lager brewing began in America.”

Moeller is a fourth-generation brewmaster and World War II veteran who has spent 67 years in the beer industry, tracing his brewing roots back to his paternal great grandfather, an accomplished brewer in his native Germany. Moeller started his own brewing career at Drewry’s in South Bend, Indiana and estimated that his family alone – his paternal great grandfather, grandfather, father, two uncles and Bill himself – have collectively produced about 110 million barrels of beer in America, including Bill himself concocting the original recipe for Brooklyn Lager, the same award-winning beer made today by Brooklyn Brewery. His beers have won critical acclaim both internationally and in the United States, including awards at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) and at the International Institute for Quality in Belgium.

“When I approached my father about getting into the family business, he told me, ‘You are going to do it the right way, the traditional German way – or you are not going to do it,’” says Moeller, who also formulated the original recipe for Dock Street’s Bohemian Pilsner. “Lagers and pilsners are difficult beers to make because it is very hard to cover up any mistakes.”

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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