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Cantillon Blåbær 2014 Release July 31

Cantillon BlabaerHere we go kids. It’s time for one of the most sought-after Cantillon lambics on the planet to descend upon Ølbutikken, as the 2014 vintage of Blåbær will be released on Thursday, July 31 at 7:10pm (right after normal hours). This is a lambic with blueberries brewed exclusively for the Copenhagen beer garden, making it notoriously difficult to track down as the trading boards nearly burn down on an annual basis.

The 2014 batch is reportedly “slightly smaller” than normal, which will allow Ølbutikken to sell only approximately 100 bottles for takeaway (some 750mL and some 375mL). A portion of bottles will be reserved for on-premises consumption in an effort to allow more people an opportunity to try the lambic.

Check out the official Facebook event page for more details.

Ølbutikken is located at Istedgade 44, 1650 Copenhagen, Denmark.

Sante Adairius Lucybelle and I See A Tartness Available Today

Sante Adairius Rustic AlesHappy Saturday! Sante Adairius is standing by to brighten up your weekend today with a pair of bottles on sale now at the tasting room. Their famed Saison with Brettanomyces, Lucybelle (5.3% ABV) will be joined by I See A Tartness (8.4% ABV), a barrel-aged imperial porter with honey and vanilla beans.

The details:

  • Lucybelle – $15 per 750mL bottle, limit 1 per person
  • I See A Tartness – $18 per 750mL bottle, limit 1 per person

Sante Adairius Rustic Ales is located at 103 Kennedy Dr in Capitola, CA.

River North Grand Unified Theory Release July 26

River North Grand Unified TheoryWhat’s that you say – cocktail barrel-aged beers? Yep, looks like Denver’s River North Brewery has dipped their toes into a whole new level of barrel-aged fun, beginning with Grand Unified Theory, an imperial witbier aged in Boulevardier cocktail (whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitter orange liqueur) barrels. Bottles drop on Saturday, July 26 at 1pm.

The details:

  • $15 per 22oz bottle
  • Limit 3 per person
  • 120 cases available

Another pair of cocktail-infused brews are also on the way, including Big City Quad (aged in Manhattan barrels) and Barrel Blonde (aged in a blend of Manhattan, Boulevardier and whiskey barrels). Look for these “in the next couple months.”

River North Brewery is located at 2401 Black St #1 in Denver, CO.

Lawson’s to Release Sip of Sunshine IPA Bottles

Lawson's Sip of Sunshine IPAWhat’s this? A new IPA from one of Vermont’s veritable hop factories? Lawson’s Finest Liquids is nearly ready to unleash Sip of Sunshine IPA in 22oz bottles featuring some brand spankin’ new artwork that’s finally been approved by the TTB. This will be the 3rd batch of this juicy, tropically-infused IPA which was brewed at Two Roads Brewing Company in Connecticut (headed up by Phil Markowski formerly of of Southampton Publick House fame).

“If all goes as planned,” Sip of Sunshine IPA should be gracing local shelves on Saturday, July 19 just in time for the Vermont Brewer’s Festival. Expect more kegs to continue to appear at the usual suspects throughout the area. Keep up with the Lawson’s blog so you don’t get caught sleeping on this one.

UPDATE 7/18: Sip of Sunshine IPA was bottled yesterday and will hit the Warren Store today. Deliveries to Hunger Mt Coop & Beverage Warehouse will go down tomorrow.

Almanac Cerise Sour Blond Coming Soon

Almanac Cerise Sour BlondThe Almanac Farm to Barrel series just keeps on rolling right along this summer, featuring Cerise Sour Blond as the next release slated for the lovely month of July. Similar to other installments in the series, this was aged in used wine barrels with California-grown fruits to deliver the true ‘farm to barrel’ experience Almanac seeks to deliver with each one of these beers. Blond ale + local cherries + wine barrels = Cerise Sour Blond.

This will hit their distribution footprint this month in limited 375mL bottles and draft.

Commercial description:

This beer is inspired by the long and hot summer days in the San Joaquin Valley—the fertile basin that yields much of California’s bountiful produce. This tart blond ale was brewed with Rainier and Bing cherries from Bella Viva Orchards and fermented with our house sour culture and aged for many months in used wine barrels to create a tart, cherry-kissed wild ale. 7% ABV

Cascade Sang Royal Bottle Release July 17

Cascade Brewing Barrel HouseCascade Brewing is cranking out them sours – nonstop. Next up on the bottling line will be Sang Royal (2012 Project), slated for release on Thursday, July 17 at 4:30pm. This is a sour red ale aged in a combo of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon barrels on Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, finishing up at 10.1% ABV (as Cascade is typically wont to do).

The details:

  • $25 per 750mL bottle
  • No bottle limit
  • Draft available for $8 per glass or $2.50 per taster
  • No online sales (webstore is currently closed)

Commercial description:

This NW style sour red ale was aged in Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon barrels on Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Aromas of tart dark grapes and cherries with hints of leather, tobacco start this beer off. Rich dark wine notes, grapes and hints of red currant roll across the palate and lead to a tart drying finish of aged wine, and dried grape skins.

Cascade Brewing Barrel House is located at 939 SE Belmont St in Portland, OR.

Swamp Head Batch 600 Release Party Aug 2

Swamp Head BreweryGainsville’s own Swamp Head Brewery is back again with another limited bottle release, as this chapter sees them putting a trio of barrel-aged spins on their Beglian-style Saison, Batch 600. Each of the beers was aged for “the better part of a year,” featuring white wine, virgin oak with Brettanomyces and bourbon barrels. The fun kicks off on Saturday, August 2 at 1pm.

The details:

  • White Wine: Limit 5 bottles per person
  • Oak w/ Brett: Limit 5 bottles per person
  • Bourbon Barrel: Limit 2 bottles per person
  • $20 per 750mL bottle (CASH ONLY)
  • Bottle limits will be lifted after 5pm
  • White Wine and Oak w/ Brett varietals will be available on tap

Commercial descriptions:

A bourbon barrel aged saison was created by aging a small amount of the beer in a single 20 year old bourbon barrel. This is the rarest of the three. Notes of bourbon, vanilla and oak come through in the nose, with flavors of sweet fruits following. This one has been described as having characteristics of a grand marnier

A white wine barrel version was created using white wine barrels from the Mondavi winery in Napa Valley. This version is fairly white wine forward throughout, with aromas of spicy white grapes and white wine and flavors of dry white wine, oak and grapefruit.

A version aged in virgin oak barrels with brettanomyces was the third version that our brewers created. This version, funky, slightly tart, and invitingly dry, gives off a brett forward aroma of barnyard and hay, with flavors of dry white fruit and slight wood tannins.

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Swamp Head Brewery is located at 3140 SW 42nd Way in Gainesville, FL.

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