GSN Brews News: November 3rd 2020 Edition

St. Louis-based brewer Schlafly Beer has launched Wintery Haze, the latest seasonal from the brewery. The 6% abv ale is brewed with malt, oats, wheat, and Idaho 7, Strata, and Sabro hops to create a beer with a thick, opaque haze. Wintery Haze is now available in 6- and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans throughout the company’s 14-state distribution footprint and at the Schlafly brewpubs. Six-packs will retail for around $10 nationwide.

San Diego, California-based Ballast Point has announced a number of seasonal releases. First up is annual offering Victory at Sea, an imperial porter brewed with coffee and vanilla that clocks in at 10% abv, available now on draft in all Ballast Point taprooms and in 6-packs of 12-ounce bottles. Starting this month the brewery is launching a monthly sour draft program at its Miramar, Little Italy, Home Brew Mart, Anaheim, and Long Beach locations. Kettle sour beer Sour Wench will anchor a lineup that will include flavored Sour Wench variations and a Foeder Sour, to be released when ready. On November 18, the same locations will release the first installment of Ale Nog, a cream ale brewed with nutmeg, lactose, and vanilla, served on nitro at 6.2% abv.

Anchor Brewing Company, based in San Francisco, is launching its 2020 Christmas Ale. This year marks the 46th installment of the limited-edition release and the first from recently appointed brewmaster Tom Riley. Originally brewed as a pale ale, this year’s version is a spiced brown ale clocking in at 7% abv, the highest in Christmas Ale history. The label for this year’s installment features the Three Graces—sequoia trees from the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park. Anchor Christmas Ale is available in gold foil 50.7-ounce magnums as well as 6-packs of 12-ounce bottles, now through January.

San Francisco, California-based 21st Amendment Brewery is releasing Hell or High Mango as a new autumn seasonal release. Brewed with real mangos, it’s a twist on summer seasonal Hell or High Watermelon. Hell or High Mango is a wheat beer bottled at 4.9% abv. Starting at $11 a 6-pack of 12-ounce cans on Drizly, the release is available now throughout 21st Amendment’s 30-state distribution area.

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GSN Review: Schlafly Hoptic Visions Sampler Pack

Schlafly Beer, the original, independent craft brewery in St. Louis,  recently released Hoptic Visions, a new sampler pack with four hop-forward beers. The 12-pack offers hop-forward favorites from Schlafly’s portfolio as well as a new experimental brew. This is the first year for the Hoptic Visions pack, which will feature: India Pale Ale, Hoppy Wheat Ale, India Pale Lager, and the debut of Hazy Pineapple IPA.

“The sampler pack showcases the versatility of hop-forward beers,” explains Schlafly’s Founding Brewer Stephen Hale. “Many think just of IPAs when it comes to hoppy beers, but we wanted to showcase how hops can enhance different styles as well as add different flavor profiles. These beers highlight everything from fruity and juicy hops to our sessionable IPA.”

India Pale Ale (5.0% ABV): With a lower ABV than traditional IPAs, Schlafly’s year-round take on the style offers a session beer for both hopheads and newcomers alike. Schlafly IPA features a hop blend to enhance tropical flavors and subtle notes of citrus.

Hoppy Wheat Ale (5.0% ABV): Wheat brings a touch of haze with a hint of sweetness and combines with Mosaic and Amarillo hops that lend to abundant citrus flavor and aroma.

India Pale Lager (5.5% ABV): Just because it’s a lager doesn’t mean it can’t feature strong hop flavors. Dry-hopped with Citra hops, India Pale Lager offers a crisp finish and a kick of tropical character. 

Hazy Pineapple IPA (4.5% ABV): This IPA is a trifecta of haze, hope and fruit. Pounds of experimental hops and pineapple refract off one another to create a juicy and golden brew with a long-lasting finish.

GSN Says: The four brews make for a great tasting session for you and a friend or two. We especially enjoyed the wheat ale which is a great starting point for your Hoptic journey. End your trip with the dessert-like pineapple IPA. Makes a great introduction to the myriad flavor profiles of hops.

GSN Rating: A-

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