Downingtown, Pennsylvania’s Victory Brewing Company is bringing back three of its early popular beers to celebrate its nearly 20 years of brewing. The former releases will be available on draft, beginning this month with Hop Wallop, followed by Yakima Glory in December and Ten Years Alt in January. Hop Wallop Imperial IPA (8.5% abv) first debuted in 2003 and features whole flower English and American hops, while Yakima Glory (8.7% abv) first launched in 2008 and is brewed with four American hop varieties from the Yakima Valley. Ten Years Alt (8.5% abv) marked Victory’s 10th anniversary in 2006. All three brews will be distributed nationwide.
St. Louis-based Schlafly Beer is launching a White Lager, available now through March. The unfiltered German-style beer is 5.5% abv and intended to serve as an alternative to high-alcohol winter seasonals such as stouts and porters. White Lager was developed as part of Schlafly’s experimental Small Brews program created on its 12-gallon brewing system. White Lager is launching in six-packs for about $8.99 and at select on-premise locations throughout Schlafly’s distribution footprint. The company says it brewed 60,000 barrels of beer last year between its two brewery restaurants, located in downtown St. Louis and nearby Maplewood respectively.
Irvine, California’s Evans Brewing Company is debuting four new bottled beers that will make up its core year-round lineup. The company’s first four packaged beers are Pollen Nation Honey Blonde Ale (5.2% abv), The KrHOPen India Pale Ale (6% abv), Oaklore Brown Ale (6.5% abv) and ChocoLatté Chocolate Porter (6.8% abv). Evans says it expects to release further year-round packaged beers and a rotating portfolio of seasonal releases in the future.
The Bronx Brewery has unveiled On The Black Pale Ale, the latest entry in its limited edition B-Side Series range. Brewed with a trio of malts and West Coast El Dorado and Citra hops, On The Black (5.7% abv) is unfiltered and unpasteurized, and will be available on draft at select accounts throughout New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut and New York’s Westchester County. A portion of the brew has been reserved for aging in Mezcal barrels, with the aged version set to launch in early 2016. On The Black is The Bronx Brewery’s second B-Side expression, following its El Serrano Red IPA in September.
Half Moon Bay, California-based Mavericks Brewing is adding two new craft beers to its lineup this month—Big Break Belgian Golden Strong Ale and Coastside Pilsner. The new offerings join Tunnel Vision IPA, Belgian Style Wit and Rye Pale Ale in the brewer’s portfolio. Big Break (8.3% abv) is brewed with Pilsner malt and a small amount of wheat with European hops added, while Coastside (5.5% abv) is brewed with American 2-Row and German Pilsner malt with German and American hops and California lager yeast. Both new beers are available on draft and in four-packs of 16-ounce cans throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.
Portland, Maine’s Peak Organic Brewing Company is rolling out its Winter Session IPA, a dry-hopped dark wheat ale blended with Citra hops. The company sourced its wheat from local farms and used organic hops in the brewing process. Winter Session Ale will be available nationwide on draft and in package format through January 15. Peak Organic brews 24 varieties of beer, including an IPA, Fresh Cut, Summer Session, Simcoe Spring and Hop Harvest Oktoberfest, among others.
Escondido, California’s Stone Brewing Company has released Grainiac, the latest entry in its experimental Stochasticity Project series. Featuring a malt bill composed of seven grain varieties, Grainiac also includes Columbus, Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. Stochasticity Project Grainiac (8.5% abv) is available in 22-ounce bombers and on draft at select retailers in Stone’s 42-state footprint. It joins previous Stochasticity Project releases including Master of Disguise, Hibiscuscity, Quadrotriticale, Varna Necropolis and Grapefruit Slam IPA.
Seattle-based specialty beer importer Merchant du Vin will introduce two new lambics under the Lindemans brand early next year. The first, Lindemans Oude Kriek Cuvée René (7% abv), is billed as an old-style lambic sour beer fermented with cherries. The second newcomer is Lindemans/Mikkeller SpontanBasil, a collaboration between Lindemans and Danish brewer Mikkeller which is 6% abv and claims to be the first lambic brewed with fresh basil. Both new offerings will launch in the U.S. next February.
San Diego’s Green Flash Brewing Company has unveiled Segal Ranch Session IPA, the final entry in its 2015 Hop Odyssey series. The 4.5%-abv IPA, which is brewed with single-estate Tomahawk, Centennial and Cascade hops sourced from Yakima, Washington’s Segal Ranch, will be available nationwide in six-packs, 22-ounce bottles and on draft through the end of the year. Concurrently, Green Flash has announced plans to launch three pale ales as part of its 2016 Hop Odyssey lineup, each focusing on a single hop variety from a specific country. They will include a Pacific Gem Pale Ale with New Zealand hops (available January-April); a Styrian Golding Pale Ale with Slovenian hops (May-August); and a Nugget Pale Ale with American hops (September-December).
All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily