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Craft Beer Radar: Notable Upcoming Beer Releases


Abita Save our Shore Welcome to the first of what I hope will be an informative weekly post about some of the more noteworthy just announced, upcoming beer releases. I am proud to join the extremely passionate team of fine beverage champions here at Mutineer – vive la quality drink, revolution!

Abita Beer – “Save Our Shore”

We have all been shocked and saddened by the truly catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, in the shadow of this ongoing disaster is Abita Beer of Abita Springs, Louisiana who on Friday, July 16 released the first bottles of Abita SOS, a charitable Pilsner. Initially for sale in New Orleans, cases will then make their way across the county. Seventy-five cents from the sale of every bottle is going to a fund established by Abita to assist with the environmental impact and to help individuals fighting to survive in the wake of the widespread economic devastation.

“We feel compelled as one of Louisiana’s favorite brands to help our neighbors and coastal families as they struggle to survive” — David Blossman, President of Abita Brewing Company. “That is why we are committing our time, talent and resources to help our fellow citizens through this disaster.”

Charitable t-shirts and baseball caps are also available from Abita’s online store. Also check out the SOS Abita website to learn about other ways you can help the region recover from the oil spill.

Abita can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Great Divide Brewery – “Rumble IPA” and “Smoked Baltic Porter”

Great Divide Smoked Baltic Porter

Following its recent expansion, Denver based Great Divide Brewery has two intriguing new summer seasonals on the way that will join its already deep catalog of well received brews – an IPA aged on oak and a smoked Baltic porter.

Great Divide Wood Aged IPA Rumble From a Great Divide press release:
“Rumble IPA is an American IPA with subtle nuance. Brewed with heavy handed additions of Pacific Northwest hops, this beer is gently aged on French and American oak resulting in a wonderful balance of bitterness, caramel sweetness, vanilla, and undertones of pine and citrus. Very inspiring. 7.1% ABV. Available in six packs and on draft.”

“Smoked Baltic Porter is the sultry sister of a storied style. Brewed with traditional German malts and hops, this dark lager gets its special twist from a hefty addition of Bamberg smoked malt. This smoldering, medium-bodied lager is sure to please. Smoked Baltic Porter is smooth, smoky and dark…mysterious enough yet? 6.2% ABV. Available in 22oz bottles and on draft.”

A release party for both beers will be held on Friday August 6th from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M. in the Great Divide Brewery brewhouse – $15 admission includes four drink tickets and two food tickets. Bottles of each will be available soon thereafter in any market that receives shipments of Great Divide’s beers – you know who you are.

Great Divide can be found on Facebook and Twitter

BrewDog – “The End of History”

I’d be remiss if I let this week pass by without mentioning the latest antics of craft beers favorite Scottish scallywags at BrewDog in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire. On July 22 BrewDog announced to the world that they had once again regained ownership of ‘The World’s Strongest Beer,’ with the release of a beer called ‘The End of History,’ a 55% abv. golden eisbock infused with Scottish Highland nettles and juniper berries. This hedonistic beast of a beer bests recent booze champ, Schorschbräu’s 43% eisbock. While a proclamation of this magnitude would ordinarily be enough to garner a small craft brewery headlines the world over, BrewDog went two better by releasing only 11 bottles of the record breaking elixir and by stuffing the bottles into, well, taxidermied grey squirrels and stoats – sold at the eye popping prices of £500-£700 GBP respectively. It took less than 12 hours for the 11 available bottles to sell out.

BrewDog The End Of History Bottles “The impact of The End of History is a perfect conceptual marriage between art, taxidermy and craft brewing. The bottles are at once beautiful and disturbing – they disrupt conventions and break taboos, just like the beer they hold within them.”

Something tells me this will not be the last we hear on the subject of super high abv. beer from BrewDog. Rumor has it the 12th possibly larger bottle has been inserted into a hare, so who knows when and where this might surface.

For more irreverent info on all things BrewDog I urge you to spend a few minutes browsing the brewery blog and Twitter feeds of brewery founders James Watt and Martin Dickie.


  1. Billy Broas | Tuesday, July 27, 2010

    Great job Lee and congrats on your first article at Muntineer!

    I plan on attending the Great Divide release party and cannot wait to try these new brews. As for BrewDog, I think people need to lighten up. The backlash against them is uncalled for. They are a funny bunch, and if you have a problem with them then ignore them and don’t buy their beer, simple as that.

  2. Lee Williams | Tuesday, July 27, 2010

    Thanks for reading Billy, and I agree with you 100% about BrewDog.

  3. John | Wednesday, July 28, 2010

    Thanks for the info! I really like the idea of a weekly/recurring update on new releases. Sometimes it can be difficult to know what’s happening in the ever-changing brewery world. I’m looking forward to trying the new Great Divide releases.

  4. Ashley V Routson | Thursday, July 29, 2010

    Personally, I would like to know who the 11 lucky (and deep pocketed) individuals are who purchased “The End of History” … me thinks I need to befriend them :)

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