If you loved Odell Brewing’s Red Ale, it is unfortunately going away … but never fear as it is coming back rebranded as Odell Brewing Runoff Red IPA as part of Odell’s seasonal series of beer.
“We wanted to give this beer a name, story and label imagery that would reflect the spirit of the season and better coincide with our other seasonal offerings,” said Marketing and Branding Manager, Amanda Johnson-King. “We also felt that Red IPA more accurately described the character of the beer, which is a very hoppy crimson colored ale.”
The name “Runoff” pays tribute to the snow melt and subsequent runoff in late spring that provides the very water of which Odell brews their beer with.
According to the brewery, it is “Brewed with a complex malt bill [and] boasts a hearty backbone and a ruby hue. The brew is dry-hopped with a generous amount of American hops giving the beer a fruity citrus aroma and a kick of grapefruit and pine hop character.”
Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of Runoff in the brewery’s Tap Room on January 4th and 5th. Guests can enjoy samples of the beer, special food truck fare, as well as live music by the Waido Experience on Sunday from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. Runoff Red IPA will be available in six packs and in the Winter-Spring Montage variety pack throughout the brewery’s ten state distributor footprint.
Founders Brewing Co. announced today that Frangelic Mountain Brown would be the next release in the brewery’s 750mL Backstage Series, with availability beginning in July. It will be the fourth beer of the Backstage Series following Blushing Monk and Canadian Breakfast Stout from 2011 and Curmudgeon’s Better Half in 2012.
What exactly is Frangelic Mountain Brown? According to the press release “Frangelic Mountain Brown is the quintessential taproom “one-off” beer: Founders’ brewers created the Mountain Brown series for their taproom in Grand Rapids in 2007. Frangelic Mountain Brown is the 16th iteration in the series of popular brown ales—and it likely won’t be the last. The singular characteristic of this beer comes from the use of hazelnut coffees in the brewing process. The beer has distinct aromatics with sweet and nutty flavors beautifully balanced. Founders is known for its beers made with coffee (i.e., the Breakfast Stout series), but this is both the brewery’s first brown ale and its first beer brewed with hazelnut coffees to be bottled. It clocks in at 9% ABV.”
While there will not be an official release party for Frangelic Mountain Brown at the brewery’s taproom in Grand Rapids, the beer will be available on draft in the taproom beginning Monday, July 2. The focus of bottle sales will be in Founders’ distribution footprint.
On October 22, the 2011 vintage of Surly Darkness will be unleashed. Having featured everything from a vampire to a mummy to the devil since its bottled release in 2007, 2011’s theme will be a zombie. The inscription on the label reads:
Oct 22, 2011 1127 hrs
Journal of Omar Ansari–Day 1460
I can hear them outside again, pounding at the gate. This marauding army of undead can’t be held at back much longer. Their thirst for Darkness is unrelenting, and my fuel and rations will be gone by nightfall. Only the robust flavors of this massive Russian Imperial Stout will appease them. I must give them what they want. I just hope we have enough. No! The gate has been breached. I hope that help soon…
Will you be at Darkness Day? Visit them at SurlyBrewing.com.
Since 2009, The Bruery’s Black Tuesday has been one of the most talked about beers each year. This year, the monster 19-22% abv barrel aged imperial stout is back and it appears to be in much larger quantities as well, with The Bruery Reserve Society members being able to purchase 6 bottles in addition to the one bottle included with their membership, compared to the three you were allowed to buy in 2009 and in 2010.
See below for full detail of the 2011 release of The Bruery Black Tuesday:
It’s time again for another Reserve Society allocation. The following beer will be available for order between August 12th and September 2nd at society.thebruery.com
Our infamous Black Tuesday is an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels for over a year. Rich caramel, toasted malt, vanilla, burnt wood and anise are just a few of the many flavors in this rich, decadent imperial stout.
Learn more about Black Tuesday at here.
• As a Reserve Society member, one (1) bottle of Black Tuesday has already been allocated to you as part of your initial membership fee. You may purchase a maximum of six (6) more bottle allocations for yourself. Each allocation is $30 before your 15% discount. Bottles will be released on or around Tuesday, October 25th. Official release details will be made known closer to the date.
• We will be holding a small release party on October 25th. Information and tickets for the party will be released in September.
• Remaining bottles of Black Tuesday will be sold to the general public through an online sale on October 25th. Bottles will be limited and we can not guarantee that you will be able to purchase a bottle during the general release sale.”
As reported today on Deschutes Brewery’s Facebook page, the always merry crew at Deschutes is in the process of hand waxing bottles of The Dissident, their barrel aged sour brown ale. After having spent almost two years in barrels with the addition of brettanomyces and lactobacillus, as well as whole western Washington cherries, Deschutes’ “most expensively pampered” beer is just eight days from being released. Their only wild yeast beer, The Dissident will be released on November 19th at both the Bend and Portland Deschutes locations after 11am with a limit of six 22 ounce bottles per person before being distributed through most all of Deschutes’ distribution channels. See the full post »
Almost a year ago, Mutineer Magazine’s Online Editor Brian Kropf wrote about the first release of Olde Rabbit’s Foot, a bourbon barrel-aged blend of imperial stouts from three North Carolina breweries (Olde Hickory Brewing, The Duck Rabbit Craft Brewery and Foothills Brewing).
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Some beers are made more special by their rarity. These are the big imperial stouts, aged in even bigger bourbon barrels before finding their way into a very small number of bottles and sold for top-dollar. These are the beers for which people trade, stand in line, and sell their souls through blood-signed pacts.
And then there’s Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale.
Celebration is the antithesis of such beers. It is affordable, readily available, and the only line you’ll have to stand in to get it is that of your local grocery store — such is the far-reaching distribution of Celebration. For nearly 30 years, craft beer lovers have welcomed the cold winter months knowing that Celebration Ale would make them that much more tolerable.
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