Coming Soon to Shelves: Surly, Founders, Great Divide Yeti

surlySome new brews will be hitting Eastern Iowa shelves in the next few months. Here we go with the update:

Surly Brewing
Surly will have a few new brews coming soon. Hopshifter IPA, BAOW!, which is a barrel-aged oat wine, and Surly Twelve which this year will be an Imperial Pilsner. Here’s more on each new brew:

*Hopshifter IPA

There are three things you need to know about Hopshifter, Surly’s newest year-round beer:

  1. It’s a new IPA. From Surly. That should be enough, but we committed to three things in the first sentence.
  2. It’s crafted to reduce gluten.
  3. The next one you have may very well be different from this one.

Let’s address the last point first. Hopshifter started in our Beer Hall as a way for our brewers to tinker with experimental hop varieties. They’re often so new that they don’t have sweet names like Amarillo or Mosaic yet, just an alphanumeric code. They’d fill a tank, put it on draft, and keep drilling down. It was a Surly-wide learning process, from our brew team to the hop-hunting IPA lovers who visit our Beer Hall. We made a dozen versions of Hopshifter over the last year, dialing in what worked and eliminating what didn’t.  We’re now confident enough to send the new variations out into the world.

While the end result is now being distributed, the philosophy developed over these months remains the same: Once that tank is gone, it’s gone. The hops shift at will. Embrace the temporary.

The opening salvo is the experimental Bru-1 hop, along with Citra and Chinook. You’ll get pineapple, mango, and tropical aromatics to go with a light-bodied, moderately bitter brew. It’s the perfect introduction to this groundbreaking series of beers. If you have any questions on what Hopshifter variation you’re drinking, check the bottom of the can or the wrap. We bought a laser that etches the hop name(s) onto them. Lasers are cool.

If you’ve been to the Beer Hall, you know that we’ve had gluten-reduced beers on the menu for a while now. You can read the whole story here, but the nickel version is this: We use an enzyme called Brewer’s Clarex™ to eliminate haze in our beer. That haze consists of the proteins that trigger gluten sensitivities. Without it, you’re left with an approachable, gluten-reduced IPA that tastes like an actual IPA.

(Since we still brew with grain, we can’t call Hopshifter gluten-free, even if it meets the less-than-20-parts-per-million criteria. Hence, it’s gluten-reduced. Read the Hopshifter FAQs and the lab report on this batch.)

Other things worth knowing:

  • Hopshifter will be a can-only release. We can’t guarantee gluten-sensitive draft lines outside of the dedicated ones we have in our Beer Hall.
  • The malt bill is simple. Hops are the showcase.
  • 6% ABV.
  • Tanner put a secret monster on the can.
  • Enjoy this one. It won’t be around long. (On the off-chance that this one isn’t for you, again, it won’t be around long.)

Given the limited amount we’re brewing, Hopshifter’s footprint will also be smaller than our other core brands. You can find it in select Surly markets the week of February 5th.

*Surly BAOW! 
Little is known right now about this beer other than it is a barrel-aged oat wine that will be packaged in 750 mL bottles and be aged in rye whiskey barrels. Stay tuned for more release info on this one.

*Surly Twelve
Info courtesy of mybeerbuzz.com:

This morning we get our very first peek at Twelve 12th anniversary beer from Surlybrewing in Brooklyn Center, MN.  The beer will be an imperial pilsner brewed with Weyermann Eraclea Pilsner Malt from the Mediterranean and Spalt Select hops created by head brewers Jerrod Johnson and Ben Smith.  Look for Twelve to be packaged and bottle conditioned in 750ml bottles that will carry the Independent Craft Seal from the Brewers Association.  According to the 2018 Surly Release Calendar, this beer will be coming in June 2018.  Stay tuned for AbV.

Founders Brewing –

Founders will be adding to their year-round lineup with a new Lager. Here’s more on this beer courtesy of Founders Brewing:

founders.jpg*Solid Gold

Our brewery was built on an attitude of no regrets. An attitude of taking risks to bring the best beer possible to our fellow renegades and rebels. Never brewing to style, but always brewing what we want to drink. Our take on a classic, Solid Gold is a drinkable golden lager brewed with the highest quality ingredients. Challenging what a lager can be? That’s something we won’t regret. 4.4% ABV, 20 IBUs.

Solid Gold will be released in 6-pack cans, 15-pack cans and on draft throughout our entire distribution network – that’s right, no bottles.  It will have a SRP of $7.99/6-pack and $14.99/15-pack. It will start shipping in February and will be available year-round.

For those of you familiar with the Solid Gold we’ve featured in our taproom for years, this is not the same beer. Our Brewmaster, Jeremy, completely revamped the recipe and it now features lager yeast, corn and Lemondrop hops for just the right hit of flavor.

Great Divide 

Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti

great divide.jpegOur last updated comes from Great Divide Brewing company as they extend their Yeti series with a oaked vanilla version of this popular brew. Here’s more on this brew courtesy of Great Divide’s website:

Yet another extension of our Yeti clan, Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti is the next flavor evolution for our cherished imperial stout. Sweet vanilla tones meld into the oak characteristics as the two flavors support and enhance one another. A pairing fit for a beast, the vanilla and oak are uplifted by the bold and roasty character we all know and love from Yeti.

ABV: 9.5 |  AVAILABLE: Seasonal |  SIZES: 22 oz, 15.5 gal and 5 gal kegs

Coming to Shelves?: Sixpoint 5 Beans, Boulevard, Great Divide Barrel-Aged Yeti

A few new brews will hopefully be making their way to the ever-cramped Eastern Iowa shelves. So many great things out there now along with our local breweries, it’s a great problem to have in Eastern Iowa. Here are 3 more brews that should be making their way to us:

5beans*Sixpoint 5 Beans – Thanks to Beeradvocate member Bottlecaps80 for sharing this nice bit of info on this new brew from Sixpoint.

This is an Imperial Porter with Coffee, Cocoa, Vanilla and with this release the addition of Cardamom. This beer will clock in at a big boy ABV of 10.5% and will be packaged in 12oz. cans. No word on release date yet.

BPKG15_earlyriser_12oz_label_final2_rpk*Boulevard Early Riser Porter – Boulevard continues its busy year of new releases with yet another seasonal and this one sounds tasty! A coffee porter using locally (Kansas) roasted coffee beans. Here’s more from Bottlecaps80:

This beer will come packaged in 12oz bottles and on draft and will clock in at 5.2% ABV and will be a seasonal release through the months of Jan-March 2016.

great divide*Great Divide Barrel Aged Yeti– Great Divide’s bringing the big guns out with the release of a barrel-aged version of Yeti. Here’s more info on this brew courtesy of Great Divide Newsletter:

The elusive Barrel Aged Yeti is also making an appearance for the season, and with a new look! This unique version of our monstrous Yeti Imperial Stout is aged for at least 12 months in whiskey barrels. Barrel Aged Yeti will be out this month, get it before it’s all gone!

Coming up a review of Sauce Bistro and Need Pizzeria. Have some beers news? Drop me a line at benmed15@yahoo.com or post in comments! Have a brewery/bar/restaurant/liquor store that you would like events posted? Hit me up!

Coming Soon: Next Boulevard Imperial X Stout, New Oskar Blues IPA, Founders, Great Divide, Alpine coming?

Quite a few tidbits on this Thursday to pass along. The next Big Grove double IPA gets released tomorrow and I’ll also be pouring some fine Big Grove brews tomorrow during ragbrai in Solon, so if you’re around stop by and say hi. Onto the news this week:

tart cherry**Boulevard Smokestack Series Imperial Stout X Cherry Tart – the next release in the series for Boulevard gets a little sour! They add tart cherries to fermentation. This brew will come in at 11% and will be available caged and corked in 750 mL bottles and be available in September.

**Oskar Blues Blue Dream IPA – the latest release from the brewery as it was oskar bluesrecently unveiled at the Brevard, NC facility. Little is known about this release right now except it will be another can offering and will check in at 6.4% abv. Stay tuned for more on this brew.

founders**Founders Spectra Trifecta – following Mosaic Promise and Black IPA comes Spectra Trifecta. A kolsch style beer, this will be coming in at 5.9% and be available in September. Here’s more from the brewery:

Brewed in the traditional kolsch style, which requires fermenting ale yeast at a colder temperature and give she beer a clean finish without fruity yeast esters. This bright, golden beer is brewed with a trifecta of natural ingredients: earthy, floral and slightly sweet chamomile; a touch of citrusy lemongrass; and a hint of spicy fresh ginger.

whitewater**Great Divide Whitewater Hoppy Wheat – the newest seasonal release which was originally a gold medal winner at GABF in 1994 is back in 6 packs of cans and bottles. It checks in at 6.1%.  Here’s more from the brewery:

WHITEWATER is an American wheat ale built for exploration. The bold hop profile adds complexity to this crisp, balanced ale, while hints of citrus, light floral notes, and a satisfying bitterness leave a perfect reminder of trails climbed and rapids subdued. Whitewater is the perfect complement to any adventure.

alpine**Alpine Brewing hitting the Iowa Market in August – the beeradvocate forum is bursting with news that Alpine Brewing, which was recently acquired by Green Flash, will start hitting the market (Des Moines specifically) in August. According to some folks from Doll Distribution it will start with kegs and then bottles will roll out in November. I hope this means the same for Eastern Iowa!

*Any news or new beers you want to talk about? Send me a line: benmed15@yahoo.com

Great Divide going to cans this Summer!

great divideThe following comes from the Great Divide Brewing Newsletter. Cans coming this summer!

It’s been a long journey, but our canning line has been assembled, our cans have been printed, and we are gearing up to start filling them with beer! Titan, Colette, Lasso, and Whitewater (a hoppy wheat ale and the newest addition to our seasonal line-up) will be available this summer!

cans

Coming to Shelves: New Belgium Session + Great Divide Titan Cans

new belgiumNew Belgium will be adding another brew to their repertoire coming this January as they are set to join the popular session IPA movement by giving us Slow Ride Session IPA. Here’s more on this release from the folks at beerstreetjournal.com:

Geared for sessioning, Slow Ride is cushioned with tropical aromas and fruit-forward hops. Ready, set, go slow.

New Belgium Slow Ride is targeted for both cans and bottles, year round. Official announcement from the brewery to follow.

Style: Session IPA
Availability: 12oz Bottles, 12oz Cans, Draft.
Arrival: January, 2015

4.5% ABV

titanAlso coming in 2015 will be Great Divide adding cans to their lineup. The first of which will be their Titan IPA. More from beerstreetjournal.com:

TITAN IPA is a big, aggressively hopped India Pale Ale brewed for hop disciples. It starts out with piney hop aromas and citrus hop flavors, and finishes with a nice rich, malty sweetness that is balanced with crisp hop bitterness.

Great Divide Titan IPA will be available in 12oz cans for the first time in early to mid 2015.

Style: IPA
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. (Current) Cans, 2015

                                                         7.1% ABV

What to drink? What to drink?

lagunitasThree breweries have/are entering the Eastern Iowa market in the next few weeks. Great Divide is here, New Holland Brewing is on their way, and Lagunitas has had a little trickle of their beers around but a big rollout is coming. Adding those three breweries along with all the others that are currently on our shelves, the wonderful dilemma of what to buy because there are so many choices is out there. Now, I know the talk of some oversaturation is out there and that is for a different blog post, but I would like to know what beer are you looking forward to the most from these breweries? We will be able to do the same thing once Surly, Southern Tier, and whoever else decide to enter the market. Would love to hear some comments as well!

 

Great Divide Brewing at Reds Alehouse Sept. 18!

redsJust found this on Reds Alehouse Facebook page:

We just received some awesome, awesome news! Great Divide Brewing Company will be in the state of Iowa next Thursday 9/18. More specifically, be at Reds Alehouse next Thursday 9/18! First place in Eastern Iowa to get your Yeti on! Or maybe your Titon on! Or Hercules if that’s what your flavor is. Maybe some BBA Yeti?? I don’t even know, I’m too excited to think!!
Stay tuned for a more detailed post on what we’re getting!

Great Divide coming to Iowa via Johnson Brothers

great divideA couple of great sources have told me that Great Divide is coming to Iowa and being distributed by Johnson Brothers. The official announcement should come around September 18th. More good beer to hit our shelves soon! Yeti was one of the first Imperial Stouts I’ve ever had and I had it from the source. Baseball trips to Denver would find us rushing across the street to Great Divide to enjoy a pint or 10 on their patio. Looking forward to more! Here’s more about Great Divide:

ABOUT

During the late 80s, Brian Dunn spent 5 years overseas building farms in developing countries.  Having grown up in a family that appreciated good food and drink, Dunn expanded his knowledge and passion for beer during his travels.  Dunn eventually returned to Colorado, started homebrewing and went to graduate school.  Upon graduation in 1993, when Denver’s craft beer scene barely existed, he set out to found what would eventually become one of America’s most decorated and celebrated craft breweries.

Beginning with a marketing study and a business plan, Dunn saw an opportunity in Denver’s Ballpark Neighborhood to brew uniquely balanced, flavorful beers.  With financial help from family, friends and a loan from the City of Denver, his dream of brewing commercially became reality in 1994.

The brewery started small and in the beginning Dunn was the only full-time employee…brewing, bottling and selling to accounts all in the same day.  As the brewery grew, the beer spoke for itself.  Dunn’s beers were balanced, flavorful and representative of a lifestyle that is uniquely Colorado.  While Great Divide’s ethos may be globally-inspired, our beers are distinctly Denver.

Since 1994 we’ve brewed all sorts of exciting beer styles, added lots of brewing capacity and we’ve assembled a great staff.  In 2001, we bought our building – which used to be an old dairy processing plant – and set out for over a decade of exponential growth.

Thanks to our 45 hardworking, creative and passionate employees, Great Divide has grown into what it is today: winner of 18 Great American Beer Festival medals, recipient of 5 World Beer Cup awards, 12th in Ratebeer.com’s 2013 “Best Brewers in the World,” Ratebeer.com’s 2013 Top Brewer in Colorado, and 7th in Beer Advocate’s 2010 “All-Time Top Brewers.”

Join us for a beer at 22nd and Arapahoe in downtown Denver. We do it because we love it – come see how.

And the beers: 

http://greatdivide.com/beers/#all