GSN Brews News: December 14th 2021 Edition

Paso Robles, California-based Firestone Walker is releasing a new brew from their R&D location, the Propagator, in Venice, California. The company’s latest experimental beer is a play on the pairing of chocolate chip cookies and milk, called Kookie Monster. At 8% abv, it’s a double milk stout brewed with vanilla beans, cocoa nibs, and brown sugar. It’s available at Firestone Walker’s three California locations and from the brewery’s website, where previous Propagator releases went for $20 a 4-pack.

Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Founders Brewing Co. revealed the final entry in its Mothership Series for the year. It’s a festive edition of previous Mothership release Blushing Padre called Blushing Claus. Like its progenitor Blushing Monk it’s a raspberry Belgian ale aged, like Blushing Padre, in Tequila barrels and finally finished with cranberries and orange zest to evoke holiday flavors. Blushing Claus is at 11.9% abv and, like previous Mothership releases, will be available only at Founders taproom locations beginning December 15, priced at $20 a 6-pack.

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn is bringing back its Irish Whiskey Cask beer for St. Patrick’s Day. First brewed a decade ago as a straight Scottish Stout, this year’s edition of Irish Whiskey Cask was formulated as a Scottish Oatmeal Stout for enhanced creaminess and mouthfeel. It’s at 6.1% abv and will be available in the U.S. next year.

San Luis Obispo, California-based SLO Brew is releasing Holidaze IPA. It’s a 7% abv India Pale Ale made with orange peel, Citra hops, and spruce tree tips for Christmas tree flavor. The limited edition release is available throughout California and at the SLO Brew tasting room in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans for $11. SLO Brew is the craft beer brand of SLO Brewing Co., which also produces Tio Rodrigo craft micheladas, Porch Pounder canned wine, and Rod & Hammer’s SLO Stills craft whiskey.

Roust Corporation’s Russian Standard vodka has launched a new canned Moscow Mule cocktail, using the brand’s namesake vodka. The RTD comes in at 5.8% abv and is also made with ginger, lime, and mint. Russian Standard Moscow Mule is now available nationwide in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans.

Baltimore, Maryland-based DuClaw Brewing Company is releasing an escape from deepening fall chill with its latest. Its new beer is called Cloud Mango and features tropical flavors to put consumers in mind of balmier climes that include mango and coconut, along with subtler strains of vanilla and oak. At 7.1% abv, its label also features a QR code that, when scanned, directs to a Spotify playlist of beach tunes. Cloud Mango is billed as a sour and is available now on draft and in 12-ounce cans at select locations. DuClaw currently distributes to 24 states in the eastern half of the U.S.

Yobo Soju is launching a new line of soju RTDs. The canned cocktails will be sold under the Hunni Sparkling Soju name and will initially come in four flavors: Yuzu and Elderflower; Korean Pear, Perilla Leaf, and Lime; Peach and Chili Pepper; and Grape and Ginger. All are at 4% abv and contain approximately 100 calories a can. Accompanying the cans is Hunni K. Town, 16% abv versions of the same flavors in 750-ml. bottles meant for sipping or cocktail mixing. The RTDs are launching nationwide this month for $17 a 4-pack while the K. Town bottles launch early next year. Founded in 2015, Yobo Soju is produced in New York’s Finger Lakes region from Catawba grapes.

Information courtesy of Shanken News Daily