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Tired Hands Astral Plane Bottle Release Jul. 12

Tired-Hands-Astral-PlaneYou’ve been waiting for the next Tired Hands bottle release – now the time is here! Astral Plane will hit the Fermentaria on Sunday, July 12 (note there will not be bottles at the brewcafe). Tickets will be passed out at 11am and sales via the garage door will end at 3pm. If any bottles remain after this time, they will be sold at the bar inside the Fermentaria.

Astral Plane is a saison fermented and conditioned in large oak foudres with a blend of resident microflora, coming in at 7.8% ABV.

The details:

  • $14 per 500mL bottle
  • Limit 3 bottles per person
  • 800 bottles available

Tired Hands Fermentaria is located at 35 Cricket Terrace in Ardmore, PA.

Cantillon Zwanze Day 2015 Announced for Sept. 19

cantillon-zwanze-day-2015The mighty Cantillon Zwanze Day returns for 2015! This year’s worldwide celebration is slated for Saturday, September 19. Specific details about the beer and locations are expected to be revealed next week. Stay tuned!

Neshaminy Creek The Shape of Hops to Come Can Release Jul. 1

NCBC-shape-of-hops-to-comeNeshaminy Creek’s renowned The Shape of Hops to Come Imperial IPA is back this summer, hitting the brewery on Wednesday, July 1 when doors open at 4pm. While this initial release will be fairly limited, expect plenty more of this beer to hit distributors and bars in the coming weeks/months thanks to the brewery’s expansion project.

The details:

  • $12.75 per 4-pack of 16oz cans
  • Limit (3) 4-packs per person
  • No growler or case sales
  • Full details here

Cases and draft have already shipped to Bella Vista in SEPA, with shipments hitting Hunterdon in NJ the week of July 6.

Commercial description:

“Can I scream….” for more hops? You sure can. Two row American barley jammed packed with as much Apollo, Newport, Simcoe, Topaz, and Citra hops we could get our hands on, The Shape of Hops to Come is an 8.5% ABV American-styled imperial IPA hopped with Apollo, Newport, Simcoe, Topaz, and Citra hops that’s got a ton of bitterness, along with juicy, dank resiny pine-like, and citrus forward hop character that is worthy of it’s name. Dry hopped for two weeks this hop bomb has as much hop power we can muster! 8.5% ABV

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company is located at 909 Ray Ave in Croydon, PA.

Side Project Punchdown Bottle Release Today

Side Project Brewing

Side Project Brewing has another bottle dropping today, hitting the Perennial Artisan Ales tasting room at 4pm. Punchdown is an American Wild Ale aged in oak barrels with Chambourcin grapes. Enjoy!

Similar to all Side Project releases, bottle limits will be determined based on turnout.

Sneak peek of the bottle:

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


Kuhnhenn Summer Solstice Bottle Release Jun. 20

Kuhnhenn Brewing CoThe time has come again! Kuhnhenn Summer Solstice is back again for 2015, taking over the brewery on June 19 & 20 with plenty of food, music, limited drafts and of course – the expected bottle release. On the list for this year is Bourbon Barrel Aged 4D and Bourbon Barrel Barleywine (the 2 everyone keeps asking for).

Sales kick off at 9am on Saturday, June 20. Bottles will be sold as pre-packaged 4-packs with 2 of each beer. Limits and pricing are still TBA.

Commercial descriptions:

-Bourbon Barrel Aged 4D (13.5% ABV)
Our version of a classic English Olde Ale takes the style to new depths of flavor intensity. After several months conditioning, 4th Dementia is transferred into Bourbon barrels for several more months before being released. This ale has an intense, sweet caramel malt flavor and aroma that quickly develops into notes of toffee and toasted marshmallows. The barrel aging adds a slight whiskey character, complemented by subtle notes of vanilla sweetness. As this beer ages, alcohol flavors will fade away and round out, bringing out a mild sherry note with a long, lingering finish.
NOTE: This is 2014 Vintage that spent an additional 6 months in barrels to leach out all of the extra goodness!

-Bourbon Barrel Barleywine (14.5% ABV)
Our American Barleywine is aged for 9 months in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels, which contribute notes of vanilla, coconut, and a touch of oak to this intense, yet smooth beer. A heavy handed dose of aromatic American hops add a spicy-citrus note that helps to balance the sweetness of the rich malts, which showcase flavors of brown sugar alongside rich, dark fruits. This is a beer to age.
NOTE: This is 2014 Vintage that spent an additional 6 months in barrels to leach out all of the extra goodness!

Kuhnhenn Brewing Company is located at 5919 Chicago Rd. in Warren, MI.

Hangar 24 First Crush & Sanguinello Bottle Releases Jun. 27

Hangar-24-First-CrushDouble-barreled sour release coming in hot this summer from Hangar 24 Craft Brewery in Redlands, CA. Kicking off on Saturday, June 27 at 9am will be the launch of First Crush and Sanguinello. Limited beers, live music and more – let’s get crackin.

The details:

  • First Crush:
    • $20 per 750mL bottle
    • No bottle limits
    • 2300 bottles available
    • $8 per 8oz pour, $3 per 3oz taster
  • Sanguinello:
    • $15 per 330mL bottle
    • Limit 1 per person
    • 1200 bottles available
    • $15 per 11oz pour, $5 per 3oz taster

Tasting room will open at 11am. Full details here.

Commercial descriptions:

First Crush – Winemakers often refer to their harvest as “The Crush,” a reference to their process of literally crushing the juice from freshly harvested grapes. We’ve borrowed this term for “First Crush,” the very first beer we’ve ever blended from our stock of Syrah wine barrels filled with sour red ale. A mix of 18 month old barrels build complex base flavors of funk and oak, and the addition of Syrah grape juice after primary fermentation adds vinous, tannic notes of red wine, ripe fruit and leather. First Crush is ready to enjoy now, but will continue to evolve in your cellar for many years.

Sanguinello – Sanguinello is the name given to a variety of blood oranges, drawing on the deep crimson and ruby color of the citrus flesh. For Sanguinello the beer we sourced blood oranges locally, squeezing the fresh juice into Sauvignon Blanc barrels which held nine and eighteen month old sour blonde ale. The resulting beer is a beautiful hazy pink, balancing the tart base beer with the aromatics of citrus. We recommend enjoying the delicate fruit notes of Sanguinello fresh.

Hangar 24 Craft Brewery is located at 1710 Sessums Dr in Redlands, CA.

DC Brau Solar Abyss Release Party Jun. 28

DC-Brau-Solar-AbyssOriginally a sought after draft-only release, DC Brau Solar Abyss will be hitting the streets in 12oz cans this June. The burly Double IPA with Mosaic hops will officially launch on Sunday, June 28 at 4pm at a special release party held in the Cambria Hotel in DC.

Details regarding pricing, limits, to-go availability and more are still TBA but check out the official Facebook event page for some cryptic posts by DC Brau. Your guess is as good as mine. Cheers!

Commercial description:

Alright, alright, alright… So you heard about the Armageddon. Didn’t happen. Not to worry though, there’s a new fiesta in the making. Solar Abyss. Party in your mouth. Lots of Mosaic hops. Everybody’s gonna be there. You should come. Piney, earthy, a little dank with that strawberry cough. Why don’t you ditch the geeks and get on board…….David Wooderson. Mosaic hops are known for a complex array of tropical fruit, citrus, berry, herbal, earthy and pine characteristics. 10% ABV

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