Pennsylvania’s Victory Brewing Company has launched Java Cask, a new limited edition Bourbon barrel stout. Created in collaboration with Philadelphia restaurants Standard Tap and Johnny Brenda’s, Java Cask is aged in barrels for six months and infused with 240 pounds of roasted coffee beans. The 14.3%-abv holiday offering—which marks the highest-abv brew ever produced by Victory—is available in 750-ml. bottles throughout most of the brewer’s 37-state footprint, priced at around $15 a bottle.
Comstock, Michigan-based Bell’s Brewery will be packaging its Oarsman Ale exclusively in 12-ounce cans beginning next March. The year-round, 4%-abv wheat ale was first released in 2010 and will be the company’s seventh beer available in canned format. Oarsman Ale is launching in six-packs of 12-ounce cans and on draft throughout Bell’s 23-state distribution footprint, as well as Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. Upcoming January release Hopslam will also be exclusively packaged in cans.
Lakewood, New York’s Southern Tier Brewing Company is rolling out Four Headed Wooly Mammoth, a Belgian-style Quad Ale that will mark the first release in its Cellar Vault Series. The 11%-abv beer is brewed with Dark Belgian Candi Syrup, a traditional Belgian brewing ingredient, and fermented with Belgian Abbey yeast. It will be available beginning in January. The Cellar Vault Series will feature five limited releases created in Southern Tier’s 30-barrel pilot brewhouse available in select markets exclusively on draft. A sour ale brewed with Riesling grape juice will be the next offering in the series.
Clifton Park, New York-based Shmaltz Brewing Company is introducing Chanukah in Kentucky, the latest limited-release beer in its barrel-aged series. The 8%-abv dark ale was aged for eight months in Heaven Hill and Jim Beam Bourbon barrels. It was made from a base of Shmaltz’s Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass the Beer, which includes eight malts and eight hops. Chanukah in Kentucky is available now on draft and in 22-ounce bottles on a limited basis throughout the company’s 35-state distribution footprint. Other offerings from Shmaltz’s barrel-aged series include Funky Jewbelation, Bock Bock and RIPA on Rye.
Boston Beer Company’s Samuel Adams brand has extended its fast-growing Rebel IPA range with the launch of Rebel Raw Double IPA. Rolling out over the next few weeks, Rebel Raw Double IPA (10% abv) is brewed with six different hop varieties and has a 35-day shelf life. The limited-edition expression will be available in 16-ounce can four-packs across Boston, New York City, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago. Meanwhile, Samuel Adams has also debuted a new Sparkling Ale, brewed with a variety of Noble hops and an acidulated malt. The 4.8%-abv offshoot will be sold through December as part of the Samuel Adams Winter Classics Variety 12-Pack ($14.99-$17.99).
San Diego, California’s Green Flash Brewing Company is rolling out a limited edition holiday beer, Jolly Folly IPA. Green Flash’s latest release was created accidentally when liquid from two different beer tanks was inadvertently mixed, resulting in 500 barrels of the 7.7%-abv, dry-hopped brew. Jolly Folly is launching now in 22-ounce bottles and on draft nationwide.
Colorado’s Breckenridge Brewery is commemorating its 25th anniversary with the launch of Twenty Five, a new limited-edition offering. Made with an imperial version of the brewer’s core Vanilla Porter label, Twenty Five is rested in Barbadian rum barrels for 10 weeks, with a quarter-pound of vanilla beans added to each cask. The 9.8%-abv entry is currently available throughout key U.S. markets, packaged in 750-ml. cork-and-cage bottles.
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