This week, I’m featuring a case worth of beers being released by some of the best breweries from across the country.
Last week, I told you about a bunch of beers New England breweries are planning to release this year.
This week, I’m featuring a case worth of beers being released by some of the best breweries from across the country. There are a lot of them this week, so I won’t go into a lot of detail about each one. Follow my Beer Nut blog throughout the year for more details as the beers hit the market.
First up is the Boulevard Brewing Company of Missouri. They have several new beers planned, including the Grainstorm Black IPA (February), Coffee Ale (March), Love Child #3 (April) and the return of the Saison Bret that will make its return in mid-May.
The Bruery of California will have several new beers for the Bay State market this year. They include Sour in the Rye, the 100 percent bourbon barrel-aged Bois (a barrel-aged frambois), Rueuze (lambic) and Smoking Wood.
Brewery Ommegang of New York is partnering with the popular HBO show "Game of Thrones," to release a series of beers inspired by the television program. The first one, Iron Throne, is due out this spring and is a Belgian golden ale. A new Belgian Independence Ale is due in July, and the second "Game of Thrones," beer is due out in late fall or early winter. The name and style have not been released.
Michigan’s Dark Horse Brewing Company is celebrating its 13th anniversary this year. To celebrate, they are releasing a new IPA specialty 12-pack. It will feature Dark Horse’s flagship beer, Crooked Tree IPA, and three single-hopped IPAs using Crooked Tree’s various hops. It will be released April 20. Later this year, they will debut the new Thirsty Trout Porter.
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery of Delaware is once again collaborating with the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company of California to brew a new version of the Live & Limb series. This beer will be called Rhizing Bines, and is an imperial IPA. It will combine the breweries’ unique hopping processes, and will also include winter wheat to give the beer a softer taste than a traditional imperial IPA.
Also from Dogfish Head will be a yet-to-be named entry into the Ancient Ales series (in July). Also later this year, they will release American Darling, brewed in collaboration with the Grateful Dead as part of Dogfish Head’s Music Series.
Page 2 of 3 - The Founders Brewing Company in Michigan is making some changes to its lineup. The last six-packs of the Red’s Ryes PA will be released next month. It will return in September in a four-pack, and will only be on draft for the rest of the year. In addition, the Double Trouble Double IPA is moving to the specialty four-packs in May and June and will not be a year-round bottled beer anymore. Also this year, the Rubeaeus raspberry ale is being released for the first time in five years, replacing the company’s Cerise cherry ale.
The Great Divide Brewing Company from Colorado has at least four new beers planned in 2013. The first, being released this month, is Orabelle, a Belgian-style tripel brewed with barley, wheat, oat and rye. In April, Great Divide will release Heyday, a Belgian-style wheat ale. It is brewed with barley, oats and raw wheat. In April, Great Divide’s 19th Anniversary Ale will be available, but the style has not been confirmed. Later this year, a brand-new version of the Yeti Imperial Stout will be bottled. The exact version has not been determined.
California’s Green Flash will have two new nationally available beers this year – the Saison Diego will be available in May and the Green Bullett will also be available.
Sierra Nevada, which will open up a second brewing facility in North Carolina this year, plans to release several new draft-only beers this year. They include Blindfold, a black IPA available in March; and the Best of Beer Camp, which will come out in August. The style has not been determined.
The next beer from Sixpoint Brewery of Brooklyn, New York should be in stores in the next couple of weeks. The 3Beans is a coffee ale brewed with cacao husks and cold coffee from a New York coffee roaster. It is then aged in oak. It comes in at a hefty 10 percent alcohol by volume.
Sixpoint is not alone when it comes to brewing a coffee ale. Stone Brewing Company of California’s next collaboration ale (brewed with a pair of homebrewers known as Aleman and the Two Brothers Brewing Company) is a coffee IPA known as DayMan. It is the first of four collaboration beers planned for 2013. Also from Stone will be the new Stone Old Guardian Oak-Smoked Barley Wine, scheduled to be released on Feb. 25.
Another California brewery releasing a barleywine is 21st Amendment. The Lower De Boom Barleywine will be the first beer in the new Insurrection Series. It will be available in 8.4-ounce cans. Also from 21st Amendment is the new winter seasonal, Sneak Attack, a saison available now.
Page 3 of 3 - Last, but not least is White Monkey from Pennsylvania brewery Victory Beer. White Monkey is the final beer in the company’s barrel-aged series. It is the Golden Monkey, a Belgian-quad, aged in white wine barrels. Look for it beginning in the mid-February.
This list should be enough to quench any beer drinker’s thirst for variety. Cheers.
Norman Miller is a MetroWest (Mass.) Daily News staff writer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-626-3823. Check out the Beer Nut blog at blogs.wickedlocal.com/beernut. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/realbeernut or on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/beernutnorman.