As craft brewers continue to try and top each other with the latest extreme brew, it's nice to see a new beer that keeps things simple. Mosaic Promise from Founders Brewing does just that, highlighting a single malt — Golden Promise — and a single hop — Mosaic. Just released in limited markets across the US, Mosaic Promise not only is a simple, refreshing IPA, but also benefits a good cause, as proceeds will benefit ArtPrize, the world's largest art competition that just happens to take place in Founders backyard in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
As we usher in the fall season, the inevitable onslaught of Pumpkin beers are upon us. And whether you roll your eyes at the seasonal change of pace or welcome it with open arms, Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing is not to be ignored. This fall, Pumking arrives with the same classic fall flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg, and of course pumpkin — but boasts a brand new label for the 22oz bottle this year. The king of Pumpkin beers is back, but will be gone before you know it.
Even after more than a quarter century of quality brewing, it's nice to remember where you started. That's why Deschutes Brewery in Oregon released Black Butte XXVI — a special anniversary Imperial Porter. The special edition of Black Butte is always worth celebrating, and this year is no exception. Brewed with cocoa nibs, pomegranate molasses, and Oregon cranberries — and then aged in Bourbon barrels for six months — it's good enough to save for a special occasion of your own.
Now that the calendar has ticked over to September, we don't feel as guilty tipping back fall beers anymore. And one you should never feel guilty about is Oaktoberfest from Firestone Walker. It's their take on a traditional German Märzen style complete with imported Pilsner and Vienna malts along with German Hallertau hops. Despite the oaky name, this Märzen is brewed in stainless steel tanks and gets its name from Firestone Walker's hometown, Paso Robles, which is Spanish for "Pass of The Oaks." Easily one of the best ways to celebrate the incoming fall season.