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Hardywood Gingerbread Stout 2014 Release Nov. 7 & 8

Hardywood-Gingerbread-StoutThe holidays are coming (whether you like it or not), but at least we can land some “Christmas in a bottle” thanks to Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. The 2014 vintage of their renowned Gingerbread Stout is all decked out for the season, ready for release on Saturday, November 8 at 2pm.

For you local early birds, the brewery is holding a GBS pre-release the night before on Friday, November 7 from 9-10:30pm after the tasting room closes. Limit 4 bottles per person, to-go only.

The details:

  • Price TBA
  • Limit 4 bottles per person
  • 32oz and 64oz growler fills available to-go
  • Draft will be available

Commercial description:

Brewed with baby ginger from Casselmonte Farm and wildflower honey from Bearer Farms, Hardywood Gingerbread Stout captures the terroir of central Virginia in a rich, creamy libation with a velvety mouthfeel and an intriguing evolution of flavors from milk chocolate and vanilla to honeycomb and cinnamon to a snap of ginger in the finish.

Deep, dark chocolate in color with a mahogany tint and a frothy, caramel colored head, Hardywood Gingerbread Stout offers aromatics of holidayspice originating from the ginger, and balanced with a generous dose of whole Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans and Vietnamese cinnamon. Milk sugar (lactose) contributes to the full body of this stout and tames its roasty character, while oats lend a silky quality. Enjoy fresh, or cellar for a special occasion. We hope Hardywood Gingerbread Stout contributes to your merriment this season. 9.2% ABV

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is located at 2408 Ownby Ln in Richmond, VA.

Great South Bay Candelabrum On Sale Today

Great-South-Bay-candelabrumHalloween is looming on the horizon, and with it comes the annual deluge of pumpkin spice-infused beers (which seem to come out in July these days) taking over shelves from coast to coast. Thankfully, Great South Bay Brewery is right on time with their blast of seasonal beery fun, featuring the release of Candelabrum rum-barrel aged pumpkin ale today when the tasting room opens at 3pm. 

$10 per 6-pack of 12oz bottles and only available at the brewery. Enjoy!

Great South Bay Brewery is located at 25 Drexel Dr in Bay Shore, NY.

Perennial Artisan Ales Maman On-Site Bottle Release Oct. 24

Perennial Artisan AlesCurious about the base beer that’s created behemoths such as Abraxas, 17 and Sump? Perennial Artisan Ales has finally bottled up Maman, the imperial stout aged in Rittenhouse Rye barrels which has borne some of the brewery’s best barrel-aged hits to date. This will be an on-site consumption only release, going down Friday, October 24 at 4pm in the tasting room. Expect this one to go fast.

Here’s a sneak peek of the bottles:

Perennial Artisan Ales is located at 8125 Michigan Ave in St. Louis, MO.

Copper Kettle Well Bred Bottle Release Oct. 25

Copper-Kettle-Well-BredWhat’s this? More barrel-aged beer rolling out of Denver? Bring it on – Copper Kettle Brewing Company has the 2014 installment of Well Bred locked and loaded for Saturday, October 25 at noon. This is an English Barleywine aged in Breckenridge Distillery bourbon barrels, weighing in at a hefty 10.7% ABV.

The details:

  • $18.50 per 22oz bottle
  • No bottle limit
  • Draft will also be available

Copper Kettle Brewing Company is located at 1338 S Valentia St Suite 100 in Denver, CO.

Note – label seen above is from the first release in 2013.

The Rare Barrel Forces Unseen Release Nov. 1

The Rare Barrel Forces UnseenMmm…blended golden sours. The Rare Barrel is next on the docket, featuring the release of Forces Unseen on Saturday, November 1 at 2pm. This is a blend of 3 different golden sour ales aged in oak barrels, fermented on all those funky bugs and yeast you’ve grown to love.

The details:

  • $20 per 750mL bottle
  • Limit 12 per person
  • Draft will also be available
  • Founder’s Club members can pre-order bottles on October 28 at 8am here

Commercial description:

Forces Unseen is a blend of three different golden sour beers aged in oak barrels. The forces behind this yeast and bacteria driven sour include a combination of two strains of Brettanomyces, two strains of Lactobacillus, and one strain of Pediococcus. Moderately sour and well-balanced, this golden sour beer has notes of stone fruits and lemon zest.

The Rare Barrel is located at 940 Parker Street in Berkeley, CA.

Two Roads Brewing Sourcopia Oct. 25

Two-Roads-SourcopiaTwo Roads Brewing Company is making a splash in the Northeast this weekend with a triple-header of sour ales ready to drop at the brewery on Saturday, October 25 at noon. Headed up by Phil Markowski of Southampton Publick House fame, the Connecticut-based outfit will release Two Roads Kriek, Two Roads Gueuze and Philsamic for the event.

The details:

  • Kriek/Gueuze – $10 per 375mL bottle, 700 of each available
  • Philsamic – $25 per 750mL bottle, 500 available
  • Limit 2 bottles of each per person
  • All 3 beers will be on draft for the event
  • Lambic-style glassware will be available

Commercial descriptions:

Two Roads Kriek is re-fermented with sour cherries sourced locally from Staehly Farms in picturesque East Haddam, CT. There, our brewers hand-picked sour cherries from trees imported from France in the 1950’s. After brewing, the lambic is mixed with the cherries into oak barrels and aged for over one year until the right balance of sourness and cherry-like tartness is achieved.

Two Roads Gueuze has been a work-in-progress at our brewery for 15 months, maturing in oak barrels and undergoing a series of secondary fermentations to develop its characteristic sour, farmhouse funkiness. Honey from our own estate beehives was added to the bottles to aid in bottle conditioning.

Two Roads most unique beer to date – a beer made with 14-year-old Italian balsamic vinegar from Modena and aged in red wine barrels for 20 months. We are calling it “Philsamic” to celebrate Brewmaster Phil Markowski’s 25th year of craft brewing.

Two Roads Brewing Company is located at 1700 Stratford Ave in Stratford, CT.

De Molen/Närke/West Lakeview Goths & Vandals Bottle Release Nov. 4

De-Molen-Narke-Goths-&-VandalsTriple collaboration! Back in 2012, the team from Chicago’s West Lakeview Liquors ventured out to the Netherlands for a brew day with De Molen and Närke, resulting in Goths & Vandals. Bottles and draft of this bourbon barrel-aged strong dark ale are slated to drop at the store on Tuesday, November 4 at 5pm.

The details:

  • $8.99 per 330mL bottle
  • Menno Olivier from De Molen as well as another keg (TBA) will be on hand for the event
  • Complimentary De Molen/Närke/WLV logo tasting glasses will be available

Commercial description:

We are honored and humbled by the collaboration brew day at Brouwerij De Molen in The Netherlands with good friends Menno Olivier/Brouwerij De Molen & Håge & Berith from Närke Kulturbryggeri in Sweden. The beer was brewed on October 1, 2012 and then barrel aged for some months. The label artwork was done by Arno Coenen also of The Netherlands. Arno’s many works grace locations both public and private in The Netherlands and beyond. 11.1% ABV

West Lakeview Liquors is located at 2156 W Addison St in Chicago, IL.

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