San Francisco, California’s Anchor Brewing Company is returning its popular spring seasonal, Anchor Saison Spring Ale. The Belgian-style ale (7.2% abv) was first introduced in March 2014, followed by a nationwide launch in March 2015. It’s brewed with roasted Belgian wheat malt, two-row barley, red wheat, Chinook and Nelson Sauvin hops, as well as locally cultured saison-style yeast, lemongrass, lemon peel and ginger. Anchor Saison Spring Ale is available nationwide in six-packs and on draft.
Goose Island Beer Co. will take its Green Line pale ale brand into national distribution at the end of February. Green Line previously has been available only in its home base of Chicago. Green Line, named for the El train circuit that runs a few blocks from the Fulton Street brewery, will be marketed in both 12-ounce cans and bottles in six and 12 packs starting February 29.
Hood River, Oregon-based Full Sail Brewing adding Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine Ale as the latest entry in its limited edition Brewmaster Reserve series. Though billed as a barleywine-style brew, Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine Ale is made without barley malt, brewed instead with wheat and caramelized wheat malts, as well as English and Northwest hops. The 12%-abv expression is then aged in Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels for 12 months. Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine Ale is currently available in limited release, both in 22-ounce bottles and on draft.
Escondido, California’s Stone Brewing is releasing its newest limited seasonal, Stone Americano Stout. Brewed with 250 lbs. of whole espresso-roast coffee beans for every 120-barrel batch, the brew features Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook and Columbus hops. Stone Americano Stout (8.7% abv) will be available in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles and on draft through May.
Boston Beer Company’s Samuel Adams brand is launching Rebel Grapefruit IPA in bottles and cans nationwide. Brewed with California-grown Star Ruby and Star Rio grapefruits and Mosaic, Centennial, Cascade and Citra hops, the year-round offering was first introduced last November in draft-only format. Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA is now available in six-packs of bottles for about $7.99-$9.99, in 16-ounce cans for $1.99-$2.49 and on draft. It will also be available in the upcoming Pack of Rebels Variety Pack for $15.99-$18.99.
Eugene, Oregon-based Ninkasi Brewing Company will roll out its Rare & Delicious Series in 22-ounce bottles for the first time, with various releases planned throughout the year. The small-batch series was previously sold on draft only. Velocihoptor Double IPA (8.4% abv) will launch in mid-February, followed by Tart & Soul blackberry sour (5.0% abv) in late March. Both will be available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft in Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, California, Washington D.C., Colorado, Idaho, Maryland, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Vancouver.
Portland, Oregon’s Ecliptic Brewing is launching spring seasonal Zenith Grapefruit Gose and Special Release Series offering Deimos Imperial Red Ale next month. Zenith (4.5% abv) is a traditional German-style sour ale that includes grapefruit, coriander and salt, while Deimos (7.5% abv) is brewed with pale malt, four types of crystal malts and Simcoe, Nugget and Columbus hops. Both brews will be available in March on draft and in 22-ounce bottles throughout Ecliptic’s Pacific Northwest-focused network.
All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily