Brooklyn Brewery – “Detonation Ale”
Treading confidently in the heralded footsteps of Brooklyn Brewmaster Reserve releases ‘Manhattan Project’, ‘Backbreaker’, ‘Cookie Jar’, ‘Dark Matter’ and most recently Braggot-styled ‘Buzz Bomb’, comes ‘Detonation Ale’.
Esteemed Brooklyn Brewmaster, Garrett Oliver, says of this hoppy beast, “For about eight years now, we’ve brewed a Brooklyn-style hop monster called ‘BLAST!’ It’s a robust IPA using both British and Pacific Northwest hops. We haven’t had enough space to brew much of it, but we hear that people really enjoy BLAST! when it shows up. And it’s one of our favorite beers here at the brewery. Well, now we’d like more of you to see our hoppier side. Meet BLAST!’s big brother, Brooklyn Detonation Ale.”
- 10.2% ABV.
- MALTS: British floor malted Maris Otter, German pilsner malt, British crystal malt
- HOPS: Willamette, Amarillo, Palisade, Sorachi Ace, Simcoe, Cascade and East Kent Golding
- SUGARS: First pressing Demerara, Mauritius
Mikkeller ‘I Beat You’ and BrewDog ‘Hardcore’ rate very highly according to craft beer drinkers – 99 out 100 on RateBeer, respectively. So, it’s not so surprising that the breweries decided to produce a dry hopped blend of the two for their second collaboration beer; the cheekily named ‘I Hardcore You.’
“I Hardcore You is a 9.5% Imperial India Pale Ale, an international collaborative effort between 2 of Europe’s most rock ‘n roll brewers. This beer is a blend of BrewDog’s Hardcore IPA and Mikkeller’s ‘I Beat You’. After the blending, the beer was then dry hopped a further twice. Making ‘I Hardcore You’ a beer which has been dry hopped four times, or maybe even six times. We kinda lost count.”
“As far as we are aware this is the first collaboration of this type anywhere in the world. The first time a collaboration beer has been made by blending beers from the respective brewers together. This is a one off brew with a small amount available for a limited time only.”
11.2 oz. bottles of ‘I Hardcore You’ can be purchased now direct from BrewDog in the U.K. at the link below.
This is not the first time these two breweries have collaborated. In 2008 Mikkeller and BrewDog together released the well received ‘Devine Rebel’ barleywine.
Odell Brewing – “Deconstruction Golden Ale”
Odell has been confidently releasing big beers of an experimental nature for quite some time. Its latest foray, the blended ale aptly named ‘Deconstruction’, seeks to do just that — deconstruct our notions of what big barrel aged beer is and can be.
“Drawing on inspiration from Jacque Derrida’s theory of Deconstruction and the way it works to expose the intricacies of a text,” said brewer Joe Mohrfeld, “we developed a process of brewing that first deconstructs the complexities desired in the finished product thereby revealing how to achieve these characteristics through the process of brewing.”
“Deconstruction Golden Ale, the result of this brewing process, was created by blending the final recipe with smaller pilot batches of the brew aged in oak, bourbon, and wine barrels and fermented with wild yeasts. Each brew contributes a unique flavor, derived from the wood chosen and the cultures resident, to achieve the subtle complexities desired.”
5000 750ml cork and cage bottles of ‘Deconstruction Golden Ale’ will be for sale at $14.99 each in the nine states in which Odell is distributed.
On Saturday, August 7th Odell is hosting a release party at its brewery tap room in Fort Collins. Samples of ‘Deconstrution’ will be poured and paired with selection of fruit pies made using locally grown fruit.
Specs: 10:5% ABV.
New Glarus – “Unplugged Abt”
Proud to only produce beer for sale and consumption in its home state of Wisconsin, New Glarus seeks to keep its business lean and its product fresh and innovative – innovation surely being one of the more precious hallmarks of American craft beer. New Glarus channels a good portion of its innovation into its ongoing ‘Unplugged’ series of special release beers. The latest, just announced “Unplugged” beer has been brewed in the Belgian Abt style.
“Unplugged Abt, similar in style to a strong dubble, is created using the best malts, best hops and a blend of yeast that ferment in the bottle. Dark Belgian Candy Sugar was used, as is common practice in Belgium for darker brews, to allow not only additional flavors, but also to allow for a lighter body. Not to be confused with table sugar, this specialized caramelized dark sugar is created in a secret Belgian tradition. Abt is a bottle fermented, elegant and sophisticated brew, with chocolate, rum, raisiny, and cherry notes. The incredible balance of this bew hides it’s unexpected 9.6% ABV, which cries for this beer to be sipped and enjoyed. Meant to be consumed a bit warm, it is recommended that you allow this beer to sit out for an hour and enjoy it as a dessert beer.”
‘Unplugged Abt’ will be available shortly for those lucky enough to live within visiting distance of Wisconsin.
Schlafly – ” Raspberry Coffee Stout”
On July 22nd St. Louis based Schlafly brewed their second collaboration beer for downtown St. Louis grocery store Culinaria. The ‘Raspberry Coffee Stout’, adds fresh raspberry puree and cold-brewed Colombia Monserrate coffee from locally based roasters Kaldi’s to the brewery’s oatmeal stout recipe.
“Brewed at the Schlafly Tap Room and packaged in 750 ml. bottles, should hit shelves in limited quantities early September.”
St Louis based STL Today beer reporter Evan Benn, reported an expected retail cost of $9 a bottle.
Specs: 7.0% ABV.
Karl Strauss – “Whistler Imperial Pils”
San Diego‘s Karl Strauss has become the latest brewery to add an Imperial Pils to its increasingly broad line up of beers.
Brewmaster, Paul Segura says “Whistler Imperial Pils takes the classic elements of a pilsner and turns up the volume—more malts, more hops, more alcohol. The Coastal Reserve series is our chance to bottle some of our edgier offerings.”
“The recipe calls for all imported European ingredients. It begins with imported Moravian malts—a staple in classic Bavarian pilsners—for a rich, toasted malt flavor. Next, imported Bohemian Saaz hops are used to impart a noble hop spiciness and floral character. Unlike traditional pilsners, Whistler Imperial Pils is dry-hopped with Saaz hops for an intense earthy hop aroma. Finally, Whistler Imperial Pils is lagered with authentic Czech Budejovice lager yeast for six full weeks for a crisp, clean taste.”
Specs: 7.5 % ABV. 65 IBU.
‘Whistler Imperial Pils’ is now available on draft and in 22oz bottles in Southern California.