There's no shortage of hazy IPAs on the market these days, but that doesn't mean all of them are great. Monswoon IPA from Pueblo Vida in Tucson, Arizona is a long way from the origins of the hazy IPA style, but it tastes like something you'd find much further east. The latest Monswoon release replaces the Idaho 7, and Citra hops with Mosaic and Simcoe Lupulin powder in the dry-hopping process. The result is a tropical fruit forward hop bomb that you'll want plenty of as we head into the summer.
It turns out when you dry-hop a Pilsner and leave it unfiltered with generous amounts of hops added; it resembles an IPA just as much as a Pils. That's the case with Vocation Dirty Pilsner Beer brewed in the UK and hopped up with loads of American hops to create a unique flavor profile. The Pilsner malts balance out the fruity hops well, and it's all packaged in these beautiful cans that feature a white background and colorful spray-can paint effects.
There's one way to improve on the already popular Kirkjuvagr Gin from Orkney: distil a more potent version. Orkney Kirkjuvagr Arkh-Angell Gin is named after the fishing boat that belonged to the late father of one-half of the Orkney management team and is also a reference to its use of a locally grown variety of Norwegian angelica called Archangelica. It's bottled at 114 proof, a level of gravity commonly referred to as "navy strength" in the gin industry but cleverly dubbed "storm strength" by Orkney. Each bottle is hand numbered, and the batch is limited to 1000 bottles.
Three guys that grew up together and call themselves jerks are the force behind the growing craft soda company Cannonbourough Soda. All of their sodas are crafted and carbonated in Charleston, South Carolina using a combo of fresh pressed juices, hand picked herbs, and fruits at the peak of their ripeness. They use only natural sweeteners and no artificial preservatives whatsoever. Every soda is force carbonated in small batches and each one pairs perfectly in a wide variety of cocktails.
Inspired by the shoegaze movement in the music industry and the often distorted wall of sound many of those bands delivered comes Stillwater Artisanal Ales Shoegaze Beer. Shoegaze is a distorted farmhouse pale ale, bursting with orange zest, lemon, and the grain-forward flavors the farmhouse style is known for and is packaged in colorful 16oz cans. It's a great addition to the already strong lineup of farmhouse style pale ales in the Stillwater lineup.