We already trust the folks at Stone when it comes to all things hoppy. And now, with Stone Mocha IPA, they've mingled their hop-perfection with rich mocha flavors. And while adding coffee and chocolate to your IPA might not sound like something you'd reach for, Stone has managed to blend and balance those flavors together to form a delicious beer. We aren't sure how they did it, but one thing is obvious, Stone has another great beer on their hands that is blurring the lines of beer style classifications.
When you load up a cooler and head to the pool this summer, the folks at Bell's Brewing have a brand new beer that could be as essential as suncreen and flip flops. Bell's Poolside Ale is a Belgian-inspired Wheat Ale that promises to stay light and refreshing while bringing some great summer flavors to the experience as well. You'll get some clove notes and some slight tartness from the 100% Montmorency tart cherries that were grown in Bell's home state of Michigan. A great new choice from a respected brewer, it's primed to fill your koozy all summer long.
An award winning IPA for years, it's easy to brag about this great IPA — especially when it's brewed so close to our home. Columbus Brewing Bodhi IPA might seem simple enough, brewed with a blend of hops that are highlighted by one of the most aromatic — Citra. But there's nothing simple about its taste, as it manages to define what so many brewers have trouble with — consistency. It might not wreck your palate or smell like a fresh cut grapefruit, but it will be one of your new favorite IPAs, if it isn't already.
One of the best IPAs you can get your hands on this summer doesn't come from California or the current hotbed of hops on the East Coast. Tropicalia from Creature Comforts comes from Athens, Georgia, and it has an aroma and flavor that is worth your time and attention. The smell is the first thing that jumps out, full of tropical fruit and sunshine. And the taste cinches the deal, with plenty of balanced flavors that make sure you know it's an IPA — but without the bite that would stop you from reaching for another can.
If you love IPAs then you probably love Sixpoint Resin. And if you love Resin, then the latest hop-forward release from the Brooklyn based brewery should be right up your alley. Sixpoint Puff is an unfiltered version of Resin with an extra dose of dry hops that help turn it into it's very own puffy, hop cloud. It's the closest thing to drinking an IPA straight from the tanks and is hitting store shelves this month.
The introduction of pure yeast to beer brewers in 1833 by Carlsberg changed the landscape of brewing as we know it today. And now, thanks to the discovery of a 133-year-old bottle found in their cellars, Carlsberg has re-created that landmark beer, dubbed Carlsberg Father of Lager Beer. Up until pure yeast was introduced to brewers, beer of consistent quality was non-existant, so all beer brewers today owe the Carlsberg team a debt of gratitude. Father of Lager Beer was created using yeast extracted from the 1833 bottle and is your chance to get a taste of beer history.
It might not feel like summer yet, but it will before you know it. And stocking the right summer beer should top your list of summer prep. Mandarina from Almanac Beer Co. is a brand new release, and it will be available in these great looking, ready-for-summer cans. Mandarina somehow manages to pair hops with tart citrus flavors — resulting in a crisp, warm weather beverage that's refreshing and flavorful at the same time. And since it's canned, it's even easier to transport to the beach or any other outdoor drinking venue as the temperatures climb.
The craft beer movement has reached the point where nearly every imaginable flavor and style of beer is accessible to pretty much everyone. But sometimes you don't need a grapefruit saison to quench your thirst — you just want a beer. That's exactly what House Beer provides. This premium lager is brewed with noble hops and crystal malts, making it flavorful, smooth, and at 4.8% ABV, perfect for session drinking on a lazy summer day. Available in 12 oz. cans or bottles or in 16 oz. tallboys.
Already one of the leaders in the Imperial Stout game, The Bruery are back with yet another big beer that also happens to be for a good cause. The Bruery Share This Coffee Stout is the first in a series that will spotlight a worthy charity with each sale. This 11.9% ABV stout uses freshly-roasted coffee from the Phillippines and for every bottle produced, Free Wheelchair Mission in the Phillippines will receive one dollar. The cause makes it worthwhile by itself, but a coffee-infused imperial stout from The Bruery only makes it more enticing.
At this point, you're probably familiar with the Enjoy By line of IPAs that Stone Brewing has on the market. After all, they're fresh, hoppy, and the style that Stone does best. Stone Enjoy By 5.30.16 Tangerine IPA is the latest addition to the series, brewed using pureed tangerines that were added to create the same great taste you'd expect from a Stone IPA — with some tangerine zip. Brewed to drink right away, or at least before the date suggests, it's another fine example of Stone's hoppy greatness.
That new IPA you can't get enough of that seems different than your tried and true favorites might be packed with Mosaic hops. A Pale Mosaic from Hops & Grain in Austin, Texas is a great example, starting with a German Pale Ale base along with Vienna malts. They then employ Oregon grown hops, followed by dry-hopping with the vibrant hop variety known as Mosaic. The outcome is a crisp, clean IPA with plenty of citrus that is only eclipsed by the subtle, clean packaging.
It's finally time to comfortably drink beer outside again. And with this change comes a shift in preference for many. Deschutes Hope Slice IPA not only pairs well with the outdoors, but brings a light, sessionable vibe to the table as well. Brewed with Meyer Lemons, it's a crisp, light IPA with a subtle citrus flavor that only weighs in at 4.5% ABV — ensuring your next outdoor drinking session lasts long enough to soak up the sunny afternoon.
Almost every brewery has a coffee infused beer in their lineup. But no-one does coffee in beer better than Founders Brewing. Sumatra Mountain Brown Ale is the latest to be bottled and joins the already stacked Founders lineup. It's an Imperial Brown Ale made using caramel, flaked barley, and chocolate malt. Add in the rich, Sumatra coffee and you've got a 9% ABV beer that's the third release in Founders specialty lineup for 2016.
Beer and baseball have always gone hand in hand. And now, with the release of Anchor Orange Splash Lager, they are linked at the hip even more. The first ever MLB craft beer collaboration, Orange Splash Lager tips its cap to the hometown San Francisco Giants. It's a refreshing citrus forward lager that is perfect to tip back as you root on the Giants, or your favorite team as the baseball season gets underway.
Just when you think the best IPAs on the market are set in stone, something comes along and shakes everything up. Julius IPA from Tree House Brewing in Massachusetts isn't brand new, but it's gaining momentum and new devotees every day. With 1.6 Oz per gallon of American hops, this IPA is about as citrus-loaded as you'll find. It's almost as if the beer is infused with orange juice. Add to that notes of passionfruit and mango and you're on a hoppy, tropical trip that you won't want to end.
The latest addition to the year-round lineup for Hopworks Urban Brewery is a love letter to the Pacific Northwest. Hopworks Gear Up IPA is a Northwest-Style IPA brewed with organic malted barley from Oregon, naturally filtered water from the Bull Run Watershed, and local hops from Oregon and Washington. Even the label pays tribute to the local area, featured abstract Pacific Northwest landscapes along with the gear required to get outdoors and enjoy a new adventure. Gear Up is also the first 12 oz. six pack can for Hopworks, and hits store shelves in April.
When some breweries open their doors, they can barely see past the first week. In the case of Taft's Ale House in Cincinnati's Over The Rhine, they were planning for their first anniversary before they opened shop. Taft's Ale House Old Wooden Tooth Beer is a Russian Imperial Stout that has been aging in bourbon barrels for the past year. It was then bottled in these beautiful 500ml bottles that come with a custom branded wooden box with a neck flag and label that are custom printed with 9 colors including a metallic copper ink on a cherry veneer label. If the beer itself is anywhere near as appealing as the packaging, you might need to make plans to be in attendance in Cincinnati for the release — which is slated for Opening Day.
New Belgium Brewing is 25 years old this year, and so is their flagship beer, Fat Tire. The New Belgium Fat Tire Riff Pack celebrates the iconic craft trailblazer, with 5 breweries collaborating with New Belgium to create new versions of Fat Tire. Included is Fat Funk Ale from Allagash Brewing, Fat Wild Ale from Avery Brewing, Fat Sour Apple Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewing, Fat Hoppy Ale from Firestone Walker, and Fat Pale Ale from Rhinegeist Brewing. Two of each beer, along with two original Fat Tire bottles, will be boxed together with a release happening this summer.
Two of your favorite drinks collide in the latest offering from Rogue Ales. Rogue Cold Brew IPA takes the distinct flavors and aromas of their Rogue Farms hops and blends it with cold brew from one of the best in the country, Stumptown Coffee Roasters. The coffee is cold brewed for over 12 hours, then double filtered for maximum balance. And the hops from Rogue are specifically designed to mingle well with the cold brew coffee, providing a balanced transition from one delicious flavor to the next. Available in April from two great Oregon drinkmakers.
It feels like every time you turn around there's a new IPA or hop variety to sample. It's tough to keep up with for brewers, but Firestone Walker has a great solution in the form of Luponic Distortion IPA. Each release is an evolution of the previous one, with a new remix hitting store shelves every 90 days. Each one promises to be a crisp, clean, aromatic IPA, and should help the FW brewers stay one step ahead of hop fanatics.
Originally released in 2008 to mark the 12th Anniversary of Stone Brewing, Stone Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout is back for a special encore bottling. Due to a worldwide hop shortage in 2008, Stone brewed this stout to showcase the bitterness of unsweetened chocolate as opposed to the usual hoppy bitterness to mark their anniversary. Brewed again to celebrate Stone's 20th anniversary this year, it's a treat we never thought would see store shelves again.
The rich, creamy taste of a beer infused with nitrogen is a special experience. But typically, the experience is limited to stouts. Samuel Adams Nitro Beers include a Coffee Stout, but also add a Nitro White Ale, and a Nitro IPA to the line as well. Each can has a nitrogen filled widget that activates when you pop the top, bringing a rush of velvety smooth beer to your glass. A new way to experience beer styles from a craft innovator.
The latest installment in Upslope Brewing's Lee Hill Series could very well be the best. Upslope Barrel Aged Milk Stout is an imperial stout brewed using premium malt and lactose sugar. It's then placed in Maryland-style rye whiskey barrels for seven months. The result is a rich, complex beer with notes of cocoa, vanilla, and cinnamon — elegantly packaged in slim, 19.2oz cans.
A preferred choice during the winter months, an English style Barleywine provides warmth and flavor to help ward off freezing temperatures. Mash from The Bruery not only fits that description, but was also aged in bourbon barrels to make is even more attractive. It's sweet but not cloying with flavors like dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, toasted coconut, and toffee. Overall, it's a big beer. And at 12.5% ABV, it's a warming nightcap that's sure to thaw the iciest of palates.
The Mad Scientists at Sixpoint are at it again with their latest offering Sixpoint C.R.E.A.M. The new release is brewed with a blend of pilsner and two-row pale and crystal malts. It's then stored cool and blended with cold-brewed coffee from the good folks at Stumptown Coffee Roasters. It's a blonde ale but exudes all the aromas you'd expect from a great cup of Joe. Packaged in the signature Sixpoint slim 12 oz. cans at 7.2% ABV.
One of the first new IPAs of the new year is here, and it comes from one of the most trusted breweries around. Azacca IPA from Founders Brewing is made using one hop strand, Azacca. The new, experimental hop was created by Roy Farms in Yakima and is named for the Hatian god of agriculture. It's full of tropical fruit aromas and flavors, with a lightly bitter finish. It might be the best way to try out this new hop strand, especially when it comes from such a dependable source.
You're familiar with the Angel's Share of whiskey that evaporates into the wood during aging. The same applies to beer that spends time in barrels like Lost Abbey Angel's Share Beer. Angel's Share is a Strong Ale brewed with a truckload of caramel malt that helps emphasize the vanilla and oak flavors that make barrel aging so popular. After a year in oak, Angel's Share is bottled at 12.5% ABV and is a sweet, smooth beer with incredible balance.
California is the headquarters of the best hoppy beer on the planet. That also happens to be the state that Stone Brewing and Sierra Nevada call home. And now, the two breweries have finally collaborated for Stone + Sierra Nevada NXS IPA. Making NXS involved brewing two batches of IPA. The first batch was split in half, with 50% being aged in gin-infused bourbon barrels and the other half aged in rye whiskey barrels. Batch number two was a fresh IPA, which was blended together with the first batch to make a hopped up IPA unlike any you've tried before. Leave it to two of the pioneers in craft beer to join forces and create yet another IPA we can't get enough of.
When it's time to hunker down during a snowstorm this winter, you'd be hard pressed to find a better beer companion than Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing. A tradition since 1995, Hibernation is an 8.7% ABV English Style Old Ale that will warm you from the inside out. Each batch is aged for three months before it hits shelves to balance out the intense flavors. Available in cans for the first time this winter.