Delaware’s Dogfish Head has detailed plans to release six new entries and bring back six returning favorites in the coming year. Among the newcomers are Flesh & Blood and Romantic Chemistry (a spring seasonal), both billed as fruit-forward IPAs; Belgian-style Tripel Beer To Drink Music To; herb-infused saison Bière de Provence; Seaquenchale, a hybrid of the Kolsch, Berliner Weisse and Gose styles; and Beer for Breakfast, a winter seasonal brewed with Delaware scrapple. Returning Dogfish entries for 2016 will include Squall IPA, beer-wine hybrid Red & White, 120 Minute IPA, Punkin Ale, Pennsylvania Tuxedo and World Wide Stout. Concurrently, Dogfish Head will also be removing its Sixty-One and Tweason’ale labels from its 2016 year-round lineup.
Downingtown, Pennsylvania-based Victory Brewing Company will be introducing a new Blackboard Series of culinary-inspired beers beginning January 1. The annual series will feature a new beer every three months, alternating between bottle and draft-only releases. The upcoming year’s first release will be Agave IPA with Grapefruit, which is brewed with four varieties of American hops, launching in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles retailing at $9.99. In April, a Dry-Hopped Brett Pils will follow, rolling out on draft until June. A Berliner Weisse with Elderflower packaged in 12-ounce bottles will the Blackboard Series’ third brew, and a draft-only Oatmeal Porter with Hazelnut will round out the lineup. The Blackboard Series will be available throughout Victory’s 37-state distribution footprint.
San Francisco’s Speakeasy Ales & Lagers will introduce Discreet Wheat Ale next month as the latest release in its small-batch Perfect Crime Series. The 5.7%-abv American-style wheat beer features Calypso, Amarillo and Mosaic hops combined with lemongrass. Discreet Wheat Ale will be available in limited quantities on draft throughout the San Francisco Bay area in January and February. Speakeasy will continue the Perfect Crime Series with specialty draft-only releases throughout 2016. Other offerings from Speakeasy include Prohibition Ale, Big Daddy IPA, Payback Porter, Double Daddy and Scarface Imperial Stout, among others.
Texas’s Spoetzl Brewery is set to introduce a new Shiner Birthday Beer. Celebrating the company’s 107 years of brewing, the new Shiner Birthday offering is a Hoppy Pilsner brewed with two-row German Pilsner malt and Hallertau Tradition and Czech Saaz hops. The limited-edition, 5% abv beer will launch this spring in bottles, cans and on draft.
Asheville, North Carolina-based Green Man Brewery will begin offering its popular Imperial Stout, The Dweller, in 12-ounce bottles beginning next month. The 10%-abv brew features notes of coffee, dark chocolate and burnt toffee, the company says. The Dweller will be available in limited release in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles beginning in January. Green Man is undertaking a 25,000-square-foot expansion next to its current facility in downtown Asheville that will include a new brewhouse, packaging hall, tasting room and retail shop.
San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewery has launched the 2015 vintage of its Lower De Boom barleywine into 26 U.S. markets. Part of 21st Amendment’s Insurrection Series, Lower De Boom 2015 is an American-style barleywine that can be consumed on release or laid down to age. The 11.5% abv barleywine is the first American craft beer ever to be packaged in an 8.4-ounce can, according to 21st Amendment founders Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan.
Waunakee, Wisconsin-based Octopi Brewing is adding a new craft beer brand, 3rd Sign Brewery, with six beers launching in three sets of twins that showcase the English dark mild, American IPA and American wheat beer styles. The first set includes English dark mild brews Sumatra (4.5% abv)—featuring cold pressed coffee—and Madagascar (4.5% abv), brewed with Lactose sugar and vanilla. The American IPA set includes Forest (7% abv), featuring piney, resinous hops, and Jungle (6.5% abv), which has citrus and tropical aromatics. The American wheat beer set of Castor and Pollux (both 4.5% abv) will follow, with the former a hoppy wheat beer and the latter a Belgian-style witbier spiced with lime peel and Vietnamese coriander. The 3rd Sign brews will initially roll out in the Madison area in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles and on draft.
All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily