So many beers- So little time. With so many breweries releasing so many beers, we thought it might be useful to provide a weekly update to help us keep up with all the new beers hitting the streets each week. So welcome to this week’s edition of Newbies - our weekly guide to new releases you want to look out for!
Widmer Brothers Get Embalmed- Widmer Brothers has announced the return of its Old Embalmer Barleywine as part of their “Alchemy Project.” This beer was first released in 1999 but their approach to Old Embalmer is being updated. Each edition of this series going forward will highlight a new hop. Old Embalmer ’12 weighs in at a monstrous 10.2% ABV, features Bravo hops and will be available in bottles.
Collaboration No. 3 to Debut Soon- Boulevard Brewing has announced that the company’s collaboration with Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project operated by the husband and wife team, Dann and Martha Paquette will launch next week. It’s called Collaboration No. 3: English-style Stingo and it will debut in Boston next Tuesday. There are two days of scheduled events-both great opportunities to sample this unique collaboration. The Tuesday event will be held at Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont and Wednesday’s launch event will be held at Meadhall in Cambridge. Reps from both breweries will be present at the two events. The beer will debut in Kansas City the following Tuesday (8/7) and will be available on draft and in 750s.
Three Floyds Deesko! Is Not Normal- Munster, Indiana based Three Floyds Brewing have just announced the release of Deesko! It’s their take on a Berliner-Style Weisse and according to them, it’s “Not Normal.” Deesko! Is described as a tart and refreshing liquid homage to Euro Culture, it’s now for sale at their Brewpub - $12 a bottle - and there’s a limit of one per person.
A Class Reunion - Terrapin Beer Co., Shmaltz Brewing, and Alan Shapiro (founder of SBS Imports) have once again joined forces in one of the most unique and worthwhile collaborations in craft beer. Reunion Ale ’12 is described as -one beer style, two great breweries, and one great cause and this is how it rolled out...Each brewer started with the same basic beer style and list of adjuncts, and then all bets are off! The result is two beers that are the same and yet totally different. The whole effort is to raise funds to support the Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research in the name of Virginia MacLean, who succumbed to the disease in 2007. This year’s dark ale is brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, and cocoa and sports a very healthy 7.9% ABV. Reunion Ale’12 will be available in 22oz bottles and on draft, in all of Terrapin’s markets starting in late July.
The Hunt for the Red Hoptober (Fort Collins, CO) – New Belgium Brewing’s new fall seasonal, Red Hoptober, is now available. It’s an early taste of autumn that will be here sooner than you think. Red Hoptober is a dark garnet ale with a bright head and three varieties of hops. Its El Dorado hops stand out big-time and offer a distinct, piney flavor and some citrus notes. Red Hoptober is 6% ABV, 45 IBUs and is available in most New Belgium markets now through October-so the hunt for the Red Hoptober is on!