After great news last week about Stone eventually making its way into Eastern Iowa this summer, I’m still awaiting confirmation on a few more breweries to join the list. Hoping to release that information within the month so stay tuned. On to the shelves!
This week we have another new release from New Belgium. Shift is part of New Belgium’s Explore Series (www.newbelgium.com) and is a pale lager that is arriving at the perfect time; summer! Light and refreshing and only 5% abv, this is an easy drinker. Better yet, it comes in cans to make it more accessible and handy for outside beer drinking. From the brewer:
“New Belgium employee-owners work in shifts to brew to life world-class beers. Those efforts are rewarded daily with a shared end-of-shift beer. We’re passing that welcomed occasion onto consumers in this lightly-hopped Shift Pale Lager. From work to play, from bottle to can, from bold and heavy to refreshing and sessionable; Shift salutes the shift in occasion, package and beer. So, go ahead and get your Shift beer, you’ve earned it!”
The next beer to hit the shelves is from Big Sky Brewing (www.bigskybrew.com). It is their barleywine release called Olde Bluehair. You will find it in 750 ml bottles and watch out; it’s carrying a 8.75% abv with it. From the brewer:
“Imagine a tango: a man and a woman dancing, their eyes locked upon one another, then take your first taste of Olde Bluehair, Big Sky Brewing Company’s Barley Wine. A taste of apricots, honey flavors, a sliver of vanilla, and a hint of caramel, round out the Barley Wine. Like so many things in life, Olde Bluehair just gets better with age.
Aged for a minimum of 3 months in American Oak Bourbon Barrels.”
If you try any of these I would love to hear your feedback!