New Beers and Beer News 03/21/2012
Alrighty, time for a recap of what’s going on in the wide world of beer. There’s quite a few new beers that will be hitting the market in the near future. Here’s a rundown of what to keep an eye out for, both close to home and around the country.
First up is Denver’s own, Great Divide, who are close to releasing two new beers in 22oz. bombers. One is a Dopplebock, which they’re calling Wolfgang. It’s a big 8% ABV, malty, sweet lager. Scheduled release date is set for July 1, 2012.
Great Divide is also gearing up for their 18th anniversary this summer and they’ve brewed a wood aged Double IPA to mark the occasion. This is a really tasty seasonal release and a beer that any self-respecting hophead should seek out.
River North, the newest brewery to open in Denver, is working on getting their first bottles out into local stores. They recently got two of their labels approved. One is called Hypothesis, which is a 9.0% ABV Belgian Double IPA.
The other River North release is a 7.5% ABV Belgian saison called J. Marie.
The brewery is hoping to bottle somewhere between 50 and 100 cases in 22oz. bombers. They’re looking at an April release. Has anybody had the chance to try them yet? River North is located in the former Flying Dog facility on Blake Street in Denver, CO. Drop me a line if you have any other details to share. I won’t be out that way until baseball season rolls around and would like to hear how they’re doing before then.
Speaking of baseball, the Sandlot Brewery at Coors Field in Denver, CO, has brewed a Farmhouse Red that will only be served at the stadium. A tart and sour beer at the ballpark? I’m all in. I’ll definitely be seeking this out at the Rockies Opening Day in a few weeks.
Wrapping up the Denver news, the Vine Street pub is getting ready to brew their first batch of beer in the next few days. They’re part of the Mountain Sun & Southern Sun family. Vine Street has been open as a restaurant and brewpub for several years, but have had a lot of hurdles to overcome before they could actually brew on-site. Hang in there people, the wait is nearly over. They’re in the midst of sanitizing and cleaning and hope to be brewing very soon.
Out in Aurora, head brewer Doug Hyndman released Hop Goblin’s Revenge, which is a Double IPA brewed with CTZ, Warrior and Simcoe hops. It measures more than 100 IBU’s! Doug knows IPA’s like Bo knows baseball. This beer is delish and not to be missed. They’ve got a firkin going on this Friday at 3PM called Hop Goblin of the 7 C’s. Check it out! Speaking of 7 C’s, I’ve got a prize for the first person who can e-mail me with the names of the hops used in Dry Dock’s Double IPA, yeah, the IPA formally known as 7 C’s Double IPA.
In other beer news around this glorious nation of beer, Victory Brewing, has announced they will be opening a second brewery in Chester County, PA. They plan to reach maximum capacity this year at their Downington, PA facility. Opening a second location will allow them to keep up with current demand, while continuing to expand and create new beers. They hope to have the new brewery up and running by the summer of 2013. Victory has been brewing since 1996 and currently distributes to 29 states, including Colorado.
Also out east, the always popular Dogfish Head, has released 3 beers in bottles this month. The Deleware based company has released seasonal favorites ApriHop and Sah’tea and for the first time ever, they’re releasing 75 Minute IPA in bottles. 75 Minute has been available from time-to-time at the brewery for several years and has proven to be very popular. It’s an IPA that is continually hopped for 75 minutes with Cascade hops and then bottle conditioned with maple syrup. This is showing up to stores around town as I type this. Keep your fingers crossed and eyes open and maybe you’ll find some!
I mentioned last week that Cascade would be announcing sales for their Blueberry Sour later this month. The release is happening tomorrow! Bottles will go on sale at the brewery up in Portland, OR at 4:30 PM. If you like sours, you won’t want to miss out on this. They also have a few remaining bottles of their Apricot for sale. Grab some while you can.
And now what you’ve been waiting for! Finally, some details on Westvleteren XII coming to the U.S.! It was originally supposed to make it’s debut in the states next month, but that’s now been pushed back to June. Hey, I didn’t say it was all good news. The two importers bringing the gift packs out here are estimating that 15,000 packs will reach U.S. soil, with a retail price of $85 each. Each pack will contain 6 bottles of Westvleteren 12, considered to be one of the best beers on the planet, along with two chalices.
At $85, it’s probably not the cheapest six pack you’ll ever purchase, but well worth it. This is most likely a one time only deal as the monks who make the beer in Belgium are trying to fund a restoration project at their abbey in Belgium. Typically, the only way to get the beer is at the abbey, so to have it shipped over to us is a pretty big event. This is a great opportunity to get some without having to pay jacked up prices on ebay or a plane ticket to Belgium. I’ll keep you updated with any more details I come across.
Until next time, go check out one of those new breweries this week. There must be more than 50 breweries that have opened in Colorado over the past 12 months, with plenty more scheduled to open this year. Go check one out! Send me a pic and I’ll try to use it in a future post. Cheers!