Green Flash Natura Morta Plum Releasing in July and Bells Uranus Ready to Ship

cellar 3The 3rd beer released in the Cellar Series from Green Flash. The question is, will Iowa see this beer? We did get Silva Stout and Flander’s Red should be hitting shelves June 7th, so hopefully we see both new beers from the Cellar 3 series. This beer sounds delicious as it’s a saison that has been fermented in oak foudres and then aged in red wine barrels with plum puree. Here’s more courtesy of

Green Flash Natura Morta Plum will the third entry into the brewery’s new “Cellar 3″ program. Recently, the brewery opened a new barrel aged location/warehouse/tap room dubbed ‘Cellar 3′, from which beers like Flanders Drive and Silva Stout are a part.

Style: Saison (w/ Plums. Barrel Aged. Wine Aged.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Corked & Caged. Limited release.
Arrival: July, 2015

5.5% ABV

bellsBells 6th installment of their Planetary Series, Uranus the Magician, is bottled and ready to ship. Uranus is a black double IPA coming in at 9.5%. Here’s more from on this release:

Starting last year, Bell’s kicked off a new series based on composer Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” orchestral suite. The beer series, like the suite contains seven movements (beers). Bell’s Mars, The Bringer of War arrived in late summer, 2014.

Bell’s Uranus, The Magician, is an black imperial IPA, in an attempted to capture the essence of the dark planet that is almost 32, 000 miles from Earth.

The hop profile is enormous and complex with help from Citra, Galaxy, Polaris and other hard to find hops. The use of de-bittered or de-husked black malt lends color without the overly astringent or roasty flavors normally associated with stouts and porters.

Bell’s Uranus is available in June in 12oz bottles for a limited time.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Citra, Galaxy, Polaris
Availability: 12oz Bottles. One-time Release

Coming Soon: New Belgium Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale, Boulevard Hibiscus Gose, Bell’s Saturn, Green Flash Cellar 3, Destihl

new belgiumLots of tidbits this week with beers coming out very soon or announcements of future releases. Let’s start with the new stuff that will be seeing on the shelves:

*New Belgium Salted Caramel Brownie- I just saw this release on and at first glance I was pretty excited. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Belgium Salted Chocolate but I’m hoping this one satisfies my taste buds. A collab brew with Ben and Jerry’s ice cream sounds excellent. This will be available in 22 oz bottles and comes in at 6.5%. More from the brewery:

When two B Corps come together, delicious ideas are created. Our mutual dedication to using business as a force for good means you get to enjoy this brown ale laden with the chocolatey, salted-caramel, vanilla goodness while helping Protect Our Winters combat climate change. Dig in!

saturn*Bell’s Saturn – the latest from the planet series brings us the Bringer of Old Age, a barrel-aged barleywine that checks in a big 11.5%. The brewery says the shelf life is unlimited, so this might be one to snag a few of. We should be seeing this beer this month. Here’s more from the brewery:

The fifth release in the Bell’s Planets Series is strong, robust and complex. Saturn is a bourbon barrel aged barleywine loaded with notes of toffee, caramel, oak and vanilla that finishes with a warming touch. The first beer brewed for this series, Saturn has been aging in casks since July 2014. True to its name, this beer is well suited for vintage aging.

*Green Flash Cellar 3 Series – with the popularity of the Silva Stout release Green Flash not only has one more Silva Stout release this year but will also be release many more. Will we see these beers? Hard to say. I’m hoping so, but my guess is that they will be extremely limited. Here’s what Green Flash is up to courtesy of

The Cellar 3 lineup in 2015 will include the following outstanding rare ale releases:

Silva Stout (2 releases in 2015)

Green Flash Double Stout ages in oak bourbon barrels, and artfully emerges as Silva Stout. Thismidnight black ale features elegant notes of oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted barley and ripe cherry. Round and delicately balanced in body, each sip envelops the palate with its impressively complex craft composition.

green flash 1Flanders Drive

Originally released in 2013 during beer week, this highly coveted rare ale was the first sour produced by Green Flash.  Flanders Drive is the result of intense Brewmaster contemplation. Built on a canvas of structured malts, the sourness develops during extended aging in wood barrels lending to the beer’s depth and complexity. Heady top notes of tart cherry and dark fruit mingle with rich, subtle malt in the background for a truly satisfying sour ale.

Plum, Natura Morta Series

The first release from Cellar 3’s Natura Morta Series of fruit green flash 2fermented beers, this extraordinary ale begins as a Belgian-style Saison fermented in foudres with Brettanomyces. It is then aged in red wine barrels with Italian plum puree. After six months, a pink hued ale emerges. Elegant and flavorful, it renders notes of tart plum, rosewater and almond, balanced by barrel-drawn tannins and a refined dry finish.

Le Freak Barrique

Our Belgian-Style Trippel and American Imperial IPA hybrid ale is inoculated with Brettanomyces to create Le Freak Barrique. Highly nuanced, the resinous hop characteristics are refined by barrel-drawn notes of vanilla and French oak tannins. Wild yeast imparts a barnyard funk with hints of apple orchard that linger in the finish.

Cherry, Natura Morta Series

The second release from the Natura Morta Series is a refined evolution of our Belgian-Style Saison is foudre-fermented with Brettanomyces, then aged in red wine barrels with dark sweet cherry puree. After six months, an effervescent crimson ale is released with flavors of ripe stone fruit and barrel-drawn tannins. Retaining hints of earthy wild yeast, Natura Morta Cherry finishes like a fine Beaujolais.

cerise*Destihl Brewing Cerise Stout Imperiale – another beer that I’m quite sure its availability or even its release date is Cerise Stout Imperiale. The original beer release had it come in at 9.5% but according to this version will be 11%. More from the brewery:

Cherries and chocolate are made for each other, and in this case, it’s sour cherries and chocolate & roasted malts combining in this imperial stout made with Belgian yeast and aged in oak barrels. Black in color and full bodied with subtle aroma, flavor and tartness perceived from the addition of sour cherries and Belgian yeast.

gose*Boulevard Hibiscus Gose – a beer we saw a little glimpse of last year is making its return and I for one, am very excited. I thought Boulevard did a wonderful job with this beer. 4.2% and perfect for a warm spring day. More from the brewery:

Our version of an unusual, yet resurgent, beer style. It pays tribute to the pleasantly sour, slightly salty wheat beers that originated in Goslar and became popular in Leipzig, Germany around the late 1800’s. A great introductory sour beer, Hibiscus Gose receives coriander and sea salt during boiling, then we steep dried hibiscus flowers at the end to create a vibrant pink hue (really, though, it’s pink!). The result is a tangy, sweet and sour ale with a refreshing citrus character.

Coming to Shelves: Deschutes Pine Drop? Bells Planet Series Continues..



Something that hasn’t been 100% confirmed but looks to be inevitable is a new Deschutes beer being added to their Bond Street Series lineup. Go along with Hop in the Dark, Chasin’ Freshies, and Foray, Pine Drop IPA will soon be bottled. What was once a draught only offering, as the name suggests, will be a Piney IPA that will use chinook, millennial, centennial, and northern brewer. More from the brewery courtesy of

This lively IPA delivers a crisp and light malt body with ample citrus and pine notes from Chinook and experimental hops. Inspired by the aromas and silence we experience when exploring the scenic pine forests just up the road from our brewhouse.

Deschutes Pinedrops IPA will be available in 12oz bottles as a part of the Bond Street Series. Other offerings in the series include Chasin Freshies, Foray, and Hop in the Dark.

Style: IPA
Hops: Millennial, Northern Brewer, Chinook, Centennial, Experimental
Malt: Pilsner, Pale, Munich, Crystal, Cara Pils

Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft.
Arrival: TBA

mercuryAlso coming to shelves is the third Bells Planet Series offering. Mercury will be hitting shelves in December and is a Belgian Single. Here’s more from Bell’s Brewery:


The Winged Messenger

STYLE: Belgian Single

RELEASE DATE: December 2014

ABV: 4.8%

COLOR: Pale, straw


TASTING NOTES: Light and sessionable like its namesake, the third release in the Bell’s Planet Series, Mercury: The Winged Messenger, was inspired by the Belgian Single, a style traditionally brewed by monks in Belgium for their own consumption.

This interpretation has bready and grainy notes from Belgian malt, herbal and balanced characteristics from the hops and a subtle, but spicy character from the Belgian yeast. Fruity notes of pear are also present in this light, bright and complex session beer.

Bells Planet Series “Venus” coming next!

venusI found the following information on Bells Planet Series is coming with the follow up to Mars and 2nd of the series, according to Beer Street Journal, Venus is bottled and ready to ship. I really enjoyed Mars and and Venus will be quite a bit different but it sounds damn tasty all the same. It’s going to be a blonde ale with vanilla beans, cardamom, apricot juice, and honey. It will come in at 7.5% and be available in 12 oz bottles. Here’s more courtesy of Beer Street Journal and Bells press release:

 The second release in our Planets Series starts with spicy, fruity and light citrus notes along with herbal notes from cardamom in the aroma. Apricots contribute a very distinct tart character and sweetness from the vanilla rounds out the finish. More than 60 pounds of hand sliced vanilla beans were used to ferment this strong fruit and spice beer with a complex herbal fruit character.