Coming to Shelves: Left Hand, Sixpoint, Deschutes, New Holland, Central Waters, Avery, 515, Lion Bridge and much more!

A lot of updates of possible beers hitting Eastern Iowa shelves in the next few months on the day where Dogfish Head brewery made its way back to our shelves as well. We also got word the Central Waters was releasing a barrel-aged coconut porter. I’ve reached out to a few places but no one has gotten word on if Iowa will get any of that brew. Onto the update:

sixpoint.gif**Sixpoint Brewery**
-V Righteous Barrel-Aged w/vanilla – not sure if we will see this one or not but this comes courtesy of Sixpoint’s website:

Fire up your Sixpoint app and get ready for release news in the future on this beer.  This is V Righteous from Sixpoint Brewery in Brooklyn, NY.  This beer is a barrel-aged rye ale brewed with vanilla and it will be packaged in 12oz cans.  This beer will hit 10.7%-AbV and remember “hoods make not monks.”  Stay tuned here for on your Sixpoint app for release details coming soon.

Power Ballad (New England Style IPA) – another one I’m not quite sure if we will get a sniff or not is their New England Style DIPA. This brew will come in at 8%, stay tuned for more on both of these releases from Sixpoint.

deschutes**Deschutes Brewery**
A ton of info on Deschutes releases for the next 3-4 months from Deschutes’ website:

SOUR SERIES
Pear Bergamot Sour
When:  Year Round 2018
What:  Sour Series (draft only)
The Deschutes Sour Series is a new offering from Deschutes Brewery. An innovative and creative series of stainless, lacto soured beers that vary in the use of fruit, hops, spices and specialty ingredients, all maintain a harmonious and clean acidity ranging from mild to medium. This series combines two trends among craft beer consumers: an emerging interest in kettle sours and a movement toward fruit-flavored beers. This series delivers both in a distinctly Deschutes way that is culinary-inspired and truly unique. Pear Bergamot Sour Ale tasting notes include pear and citrus with a floral aroma. Next up this spring, Black Raspberry Sour.
Beer Geek Information:  4.3% ABV  |  18 IBUs
Where: Available everywhere Deschutes is sold on draft.

RESERVE SERIES
The Ages
When: April 2018
What: Reserve Series (500ml-bottles)
A gueuze-inspired, multi-year blending shapes a wild brew brimming with fruity, spicy esters and savory, tangy pear and white pepper flavors. Deschutes’ first release in a 500ml bottle, this is a beer for the ages.
Beer Geek Information:  7.5% ABV | 15 IBUs
Where: Available everywhere Deschutes is sold.

BOND STREET SERIES
Swivelhead Red
When: February – May 2018
What:  Bond Street Series (12-ounce bottles and draft)
Perfect for that St. Patrick’s Day celebration! This twist on a traditional red ale gets its herbal hop character from European varietals added in American quantities, with a light melon accent from Australian hops, all resulting in a malty brew without the roast that’s sure to turn heads wherever it’s shared. The quirky artwork on the label tells a story and represents all the characters that contributed to this brew.
The Stats:  6.5% ABV | 70 IBUs
Where: Available everywhere where Deschutes is sold.Deschutes Announces Early 2018 Releases

COLLABORATIONS
Fresh Chair Northwest Pale Ale
When: March 2018
What: 30th Anniversary Collaboration with Crux Fermentation Project (draft only)
In celebration of Deschutes Brewery’s 30th birthday, they’ve partnered with several Deschutes Brewery alumni to collaborate on seven exciting brews. The first debut includes former brew masters Larry Sidor and Cam O’Connor now of Crux Fermentation Project, in the creation of a perfect blend of award winning Fresh Squeezed IPA and Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale. Encompassing the popular hop varieties Citra, Mosaic and Centennial, a bright and bold hop aroma compliments a drinkable malt body. All proceeds from this beer will benefit restoration of streamflow and improved water quality in the Deschutes River Basin.
Beer Geek Information:  6.5% ABV | 35 IBU
Where: Limited release in Oregon and Washington.Deschutes Announces Early 2018 Releases

Humm Zinger
When: May 2018
What: Humm Kombucha Collaboration
A collaboration with Humm Kombucha, a fellow Bend, Oregon, craft pioneer, this unique kombucha radler combines Humm’s tangy grapefruit with the iconic Cascade hops and Pilsner malt that Deschutes Brewery uses in many of its beers. The finished brew is a crisp and invigorating fresh twist on a radler.
The Stats: 4.3% ABV | 12 IBUs
Where: Limited release in Oregon and Washington.

SEASONAL
Twilight Summer Ale
When: April – August 2018
What:  Seasonal (12-ounce bottles and draft)
Back by unrelenting customer demand, Twilight Summer Ale hits the shelves just in time for summer this year! Originally introduced in 2004, this clever golden-hued ale pours remarkably crisp and clean. A distinctive malt body complements a refreshing hop profile led by a healthy dose of bold Amarillo hops. It’s going to be a great summer.
The Stats:  5.0% ABV  |  38 IBUs
Where: Available everywhere Deschutes is sold.

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Here’s the full fact sheet:

Beer news: CANS! (March); Pear Bergamot Sour (January); Swivelhead Red (February); Fresh Chair Northwest Pale Ale (March); The Ages, Twilight (April)

BEERS

Cans!

When: March

What: Fresh Squeezed IPA, Mirror Pond Pale Ale & Pacific Wonderland Lager (12oz, 6pack cans)

The weight is over! Three brands of Deschutes Brewery beer are now available in lighter, convenient packaging, more easily transported to any occasion. Fresh Squeezed IPA, Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Pacific Wonderland Lager will soon ship to distributors and land on retail shelves in 12-ounce cans. Up next,19.2-ounce single serve cans of Fresh Squeezed IPA will follow. Adventure awaits. Go-CAN-do!

Where:Available everywhere Deschutes is sold.

Introducing the Deschutes Brewery SOUR SERIES

Currently pouring: Pear Bergamot Sour

When: All year

What: Sour Series (draft only)

The Deschutes Sour Series is a new offering from Deschutes Brewery. An innovative and creative series of stainless, lacto soured beers that vary in the use of fruit, hops, spices and specialty ingredients, all maintain a harmonious and clean acidity ranging from mild to medium. This series combines two trends among craft beer consumers: an emerging interest in kettle sours and a movement toward fruit-flavored beers. This series delivers both in a distinctly Deschutes way that is culinary-inspired and truly unique. Pear Bergamot Sour Ale tasting notes include pear and citrus with a floral aroma. Next up this spring, Black Raspberry Sour.

Beer Geek Information:  4.3% ABV  |  18 IBUs

Where: Available everywhere Deschutes is sold on draft.

RESERVE SERIES

The Ages

When: April Release
What: Reserve Series (500ml-bottles)

A gueuze-inspired, multi-year blending shapes a wild brew brimming with fruity, spicy esters and savory, tangy pear and white pepper flavors. Deschutes’ first release in a 500ml bottle, this is a beer for the ages.

Beer Geek Information:  7.5% ABV | 15 IBUs

Where: Available everywhere Deschutes is sold.

BOND STREET SERIES

Swivelhead Red

When: February – May
What: Bond Street Series (12-ounce bottles and draft)

Perfect for that St. Patrick’s Day celebration! This twist on a traditional red ale gets its herbal hop character from European varietals added in American quantities, with a light melon accent from Australian hops, all resulting in a malty brew without the roast that’s sure to turn heads wherever it’s shared. The quirky artwork on the label tells a story and represents all the characters that contributed to this brew.

The Stats:  6.5% ABV | 70 IBUs

Where: Available everywhere where Deschutes is sold

COLLABORATIONS

Fresh Chair Northwest Pale Ale

When: March
What: 30th Anniversary Collaboration with Crux Fermentation Project (draft only)

In celebration of Deschutes Brewery’s 30th birthday, they’ve partnered with several Deschutes Brewery alumni to collaborate on seven exciting brews. The first debut includes former brew masters Larry Sidor and Cam O’Connor now of Crux Fermentation Project, in the creation of a perfect blend of award winning Fresh Squeezed IPA and Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale. Encompassing the popular hop varieties Citra, Mosaic and Centennial, a bright and bold hop aroma compliments a drinkable malt body. All proceeds from this beer will benefit restoration of streamflow and improved water quality in the Deschutes River Basin.

Beer Geek Information:  6.5% ABV | 35 IBU

Where: Limited release in Oregon and Washington

Humm Zinger

When: May

What: Humm Kombucha Collaboration

A collaboration with Humm Kombucha, a fellow Bend, Oregon, craft pioneer, this unique kombucha radler combines Humm’s tangy grapefruit with the iconic Cascade hops and Pilsner malt that Deschutes Brewery uses in many of its beers. The finished brew is a crisp and invigorating fresh twist on a radler.

The Stats: 4.3% ABV | 12 IBUs

Where: Limited release in Oregon and Washington

SEASONAL

Twilight Summer Ale

When: April – August

What: Seasonal (12-ounce bottles and draft)

Back by unrelenting customer demand, Twilight Summer Ale hits the shelves just in time for summer this year! Originally introduced in 2004, this clever golden-hued ale pours remarkably crisp and clean. A distinctive malt body complements a refreshing hop profile led by a healthy dose of bold Amarillo hops. It’s going to be a great summer.

The Stats:  5.0% ABV  |  38 IBUs

Where: Available everywhere Deschutes is sold

boulevard**Boulevard Brewing + Zipline Brewing Collab**

-Linkin’ Up Hot Dust IPA – here’s info on this brew courtesy of mybeerbuzz.com:

Today we get to see a new collaboration beer coming from Boulevard Brewing in Kansas City, MO.  This is Linkin’ Up and it is a collaboration with Zipline Brewing in Lincoln, NE.  The beer is a hop dust IPA that will hit 6.2%-AbV & 47 IBU and the beer will be packaged in 12oz bottles at Boulevard.  Stay tuned for release info.  We also have the Zipline Brewing double-version below called Getting’ Down hop dust DIPA (8.5%-AbV, 750ml bottles).

left hand**Left Hand Brewing**

-Peach Beerllini Radler – a refreshing sounding brew coming soon from Left Hand. Coming in at 4.1%, this brew does not have a release date quite yet but one could expect to see it before the warmer months hit!

-Belgian Style Dubbel Nitro Cans – courtesy of mybeerbuzz.com:
This morning we have another new nitro can coming from Left Hand Brewing in Longmont, CO.  This is Belgian-Style Dubbel Nitro and yep…it’s a Belgian-style Dubbel ale charged with nitrogen.  The beer hits 7.9%-AbV & 30 IBU and this is the 13.675oz Ball cans.  According to the Left Hand Release Calendar, this beer is a seasonal release coming in March/April.

Limerence.png**Odell Brewing**

-Limerence Meyer Lemon Blonde Ale – not much is known on this brew yet but it will be part of Odells Exclusive Release Series. Other than label, nothing much else is known, stay tuned for on this tasty sounding brew.

515**515 Brewing**

-Castaway Porter – 515 released this brew last Thursday. If you dig a good coconut porter then this is one you’ll want to seek out.

 

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**Lion Bridge Brewing**

-Dinner Sauce IPA – here’s what the brewery had to say about this brew

We’ve got a brand new brew for you this week! Friday we’re tapping Dinner Sauce IPA, a true everything beer. Lemony and herbal with some tropical fruit character and just enough wheat creaminess to balance out the dryness. Go ahead, have seconds, you deserve it!

-Olde No. 17 – 

The official beer of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Society and brewed to commemorate its 40th anniversary. This is the classic pub stout you know and love with a twist; 100 lbs of organic mashed potatoes were added during the brew to increase the dryness and slightly boost the alcohol. Roasty, with hints of dark chocolate, nuttiness and rich creamy mouthfeel. Slainte!

aloha.jpg**Ballast Point**

-Aloha Sculpin

With Aloha Sculpin, we used Brux Trois yeast to turn our award-winning IPA into a tropical oasis, with bright and refreshing notes of mango, pineapple and guava, along with a slight haze and smooth mouthfeel

Coming Soon: Enjoy By Tangerine, Oskar Blues, Left Hand, CW Cassian Sunset, Deschutes IPA, Ballast Point

Lots of updates on beers soon to be hitting our shelves here in Eastern Iowa. Onto the goodness:

stone*Stone Brewing*Tangerine Enjoy By – been hearing about this one for quite a while now and it’s finally going to start making its way to the shelves. Tangerine IPA from Stone will be hitting shelves April 25th. It will be available in 22 oz bombers and 12 oz 6 packs. More from Stone:

After brewing this intense double IPA with more than 10 different hops and consistently delivering it faster than any bottled IPA on the planet, we decided to do something different with this Stone Enjoy By IPA—we took it to another level, again. Puréed tangerines were added to the batch to create a devastatingly fresh IPA with a tang of tangerine. The flavors yielded by this addition to the recipe meld beautifully with the bitterness of the hops. True to this series, Stone Enjoy By Tangerine IPA is brewed specifically NOT to last, and should be enjoyed within 37 days.

oskar blues*Oskar Blues* – Passion Fruit Pinner –  Oskar Blues getting into the fruity IPA mix by adding Passion Fruit Pinner to their portfolio. This beer will be available in 12 oz cans and be in at a sessionable 4.3%.

*Left Hand* – Extrovert IPA – Left Hand will be releasing extrovertan American IPA Extrovert. Not to be confused with their sessionable IPA, Introvert. This beer will become available in May along Left Hand’s distro footprint. More from Left Hand:

Meet Extrovert IPA. This April, Left Hand is launching a new American IPA, bringing together a blend of tropical, fruit-forward hops with a malty backbone. Brewed to be enjoyed with friends, Left Hand’s new IPA features a blend of hops and a pleasant, lingering bitterness with a dry finish. Extrovert IPA will join Introvert Session IPA as a year-round offering in six-pack and draft.

Crafted on Left Hand’s new 7 bbl pilot system, Extrovert is the result of over 6 months of development to brew a balanced American IPA that was the perfect complement to Introvert. “It’s a very crowded market, so we knew we needed to set ourselves apart.” states Matt Thrall, Director of Brewing, “Our approach was to develop a recipe that wasn’t just hoppy water, but to create a well-built IPA with complexity and depth.”

With a hopped up attitude brewed to stimulate serendipity, Extrovert is assertive with a big personality of 75 IBUs, yet reveals layers of complexity for the seasoned IPA fan. Extrovert IPA is dry hopped at one pound per barrel with a hop blend that plays well together, consisting of Jarrylo, Cascade, and Comet. Jarrylo is a new sea hop variety, full of nuances with subtle stone fruit notes. Cascade brings pineapple and citrus while Comet adds tropical flavors and aroma and is Extrovert & Introvert’s shared hop variety. In addition, rye and acidulated malt give the beer a dry mouthfeel and distinct bite. The lasting result is a hop melody like a basket of fruit with mouthwatering notes of pineapple, mango, and orange blossom, balanced by sweet biscuity malt. Extrovert finishes with a pleasant lingering bitterness.

 

CW Cassian Sunset.jpg*Central Waters*- Cassian Sunset – really looking forward to seeing this one on our shelves and my guess is it won’t be on the shelves very long. A highly anticipated release from Central Waters will makes its way to our shelves soon. Here’s more on this beer from Central Waters:

Happy April 18th everyone! You know what today is? Today is the day all of our Wisconsin wholesalers can begin selling our newest barrel aged four pack..Cassian Sunset. This week, start looking for this beer to hit your store shelves in limited quantities. All out of state markets will start selling this beer as they get it over the next couple of weeks, but Wisconsin starts TODAY!
An imperial stout aged for one year in used bourbon barrels with the additions of coffee, vanilla beans and cinnamon. The flavor begins with the locally roasted coffee, progresses to the richness of the vanilla beans, and ends with a hint of cinnamon.

deschutes*Deschutes* Sagefight Imperial IPA – sage and juniper berries in an IPA? Sure, let’s give it a shot. This new Imperial IPA from Deschutes will be making it’s way to shelves soon. You might scoff at the ingredients, but keep in mind, this is a 2 time GABF gold medal winner. 7.3% ABV will come in six packs. Here’s more from Deschutes:

In this corner: Citrus Hops from the Pacific Northwest … In that corner, inspired by our central Oregon high desert landscape: sage and juniper! This IPA is piney, resinous, citrusy and big. Let the flavor battle begin – you are the one who wins!

mocha*Ballast Point* Mocha Marlin – Ballast Point keeps kicking out new brews and will be adding Mocha Marlin to their lineup. This english porter with coffee, chocolate, and natural flavors will check in at 6%. Here’s more from Ballast Point:

Our Black Marlin Porter is the perfect beer for a mocha mashup. The addition of the coffee and cocoa plays perfectly off the roast, chocolatey flavors of this English porter, while a hint of vanilla smooths it all out. It’s full-bodied, but not too sweet; try it for breakfast…or dessert.

Distribution News: Surly, Left Hand, and Lagunitas

surlyIf the following news comes to fruition, Iowa craft beer lovers will be swimming in a bunch more great craft beer! Here’s the latest rumblings from the craft beer forum world:

**For Eastern Iowa Fleck Sales will start distribution Lagunitas in July.**

**Left Hand Brewing will follow Lagunitas and will become available in August.**

**And finally…….Surly brewing should be going to statewide distribution in January.**

Lot of great things on the horizon to go along with the great things we already have. Cheers to a great weekend!

Left Hand to Iowa in Late Summer

left handI just received word from a very credible source that Left Hand Brewing will be hitting the shelves in late Summer being distributed by Johnson Brothers. Visit lefthandbrewing.com or look below for info on their year round lineup.

*400 LB Monkey – English Style IPA
*Black Jack Porter
*Milk Stout Nitro
*Milk Stout
*Polestar Pilsner
*Sawtooth Ale – Amber Ale
*Sawtooth Nitro
*Stranger Pale Ale
*Wake Up the Dead Imperial Stout

Update on Left Hand Brewing Coming to Iowa

left handAwhile back I reported talk of a few breweries coming to Iowa and then all the talk kind of fell flat for whatever reason. However, I did just receive the following correspondence from Left Handing Brewing after me asking if they have any news of possibly distributing to Iowa in the future. Here’s the quick but exciting response”

Plan is sometime 1st quarter 2014. Not sure exact date yet.

 

Distribution News: Left Hand Brewing

left handI just received an email in reply to a question about distribution to Left Hand brewing. Here’s the response I was given:

Hi Beer Baron,
 
Thanks for reaching out and your interest in Left Hand. I am the Midwest Regional Manager and I used to cover Iowa before we pulled out 2 years ago due to crazy distributor issues. Our plan, just recently discussed, will be to re-launch in Iowa late this year or first thing 2014. That’s the best news I have so far. 
Thanks!
 
Mike Walters
More good news for the state of Iowa and if you are not familiar with any of Left Hand Brewings products here is a link to their website: http://www.lefthandbrewing.com/beers
Cheers!