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Craft Beer Radar: Notable Upcoming Beer Releases


Flying Dog Brewery Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout

Flying Dog Brewery Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout

This 8.9% ABV brew is made with locally-roasted coffee from Black Dog out of Summit Point, West Virginia. Flying Dog’s Imperial Coffee Stout, which is hitting shelves and draft lines in the mid-Atlantic this week. Once an experimental release named simply Coffee Stout, the brew has now found its spot in Flying Dog’s permanent seasonal rotation, which Flying Dog plans to release Kujo each winter.

Founders Brewing Curmudgeon’s Better Half
Founders Brewing Curmudgeon’s Better Half

Founders Brewing Co.’s Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing, Dave Engbers, has announced that Curmudgeon’s Better Half would be the next release in the brewery’s 750mL Backstage Series, with availability beginning on February 13, 2012, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Curmudgeon’s Better Half is a re-branding of the beer formerly known as Kaiser’s Curmudgeon, which has only been served at Founders’ taproom and in extremely limited draft distribution. Curmudgeon is an old ale brewed with molasses and aged on oak; it becomes Better Half after aging—for 254 days—in bourbon barrels that have more recently been aging Michigan maple syrup.

Odell Brewing SaboteurOdell Brewing Saboteur

On December 14th, Odell Brewing began shipping this year’s batch of Saboteur Brett Barrel Brown Ale, a classic brown ale aged in oak barrels with Brettanomyces. “Brewed on a big chocolaty brown ale base, Saboteur was aged with a clean and fruity strain of Brettanomyces in oak to give it nice vanilla and brown sugar layers,” said Zach Turner, quality assurance manager for Odell Brewing. Saboteur is offered in 750ml Belgian style cork and cage finished bottles and will be available in the brewery’s ten state distribution region beginning in late December or early January 2012.

The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone More Brown Than Black IPA

After John Kimmich lost The Alchemist Pub and Brewery in Waterbury, VT to Hurricane Irene, Stone Brewing Co. Brewmaster Mitch Steele heard of the loss and immediately sent out an email to John asking if there was anything he could do to help. Eventually, John flew to California and teamed up with Mitch and Jamie Floyd of Ninkasi Brewing Company and they collaborated to create More Brown Than Black IPA. Proceeds from the beer, released December 19, will benefit the Waterbury Good Neighbor fund.
The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone More Brown Than Black IPA

Goose Island and Frontera Grill XocolatlGoose Island and Frontera Grill Xocolatl

Xocolatl is a collaboration beer between Chicago’s Goose Island and Rick Bayless’ Mexican restaurant Frontera Grill. The draft only beer is a barrel aged chocolate barley wine made with chocolate beans, Mexican vanilla and ancho chili and aged for 18 months in barrels previously housing Elijah Craig 18-year-old whiskey. Xocolatl will be on tap when Frontera opens its doors next Wednesday at 5 p.m and is expected to last only a couple of days.


  1. Beer Guy | Friday, December 23, 2011

    Flying Dog Brewery Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout sounds more than interesting. Do you know anywhere in AZ it may be available?

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