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Fresh Cans of Surly WET Return Oct. 5

Surly-WETBam! Surly WET is back in action for 2015 after a brief hiatus last year, slated to descend upon the Midwest this October. This year’s vintage was brewed with 100% Simcoe hops, as the brewery brought in 6,000 pounds straight from the Yakima Valley in Washington.

Surly WET will hit shelves across Minnesota the week of Monday, October 5. Availability in other markets (Wisconsin, Iowa, Chicago) will begin the following week.

Check out the full WET story and info on local release parties here.

Commercial description:

Loads of hops picked fresh and shipped to Minnesota immediately, and brewed upon delivery. This hop-forward beer is a balanced IPA – piney and fruity hop flavor with just enough malt sweetness.



Kane Brewing 1460 Bottle Release Oct. 3

Kane BrewingHas it really been four years already? Kane Brewing Company is all set to celebrate another year in Ocean, New Jersey on Saturday, October 3 at noon, featuring the release of 1460. Similar to previous anniversary releases, this was created by blending ale from past years to create another unique barrel-aged Belgian-style Quad.

The details:

  • $16 per 750mL bottle
  • Limit 4 per person
  • Over 4000 bottles available
  • Special limited draft list will also be available (beers still TBD)

Commercial description:

1460 is blend of barrel aged Belgian-style Quadruples. This vintage was created by aging a Quad in Rye Whiskey barrels for a year. To that we added a blend of Bourbon barrel-aged versions of our previous three anniversary releases.

Kane Brewing Company is located at 1750 Bloomsbury Ave in Ocean, NJ.

Block 15 Sticky Hands Cans Launch Oct. 2

block15-sticky-hands-cansBlock 15 Sticky Hands is now in cans! Expect to see their flagship double IPA dropping in 16oz cans at the taproom on Saturday, October 3 with availability at both locations on Sunday, October 4.

The details:

  • $3.25 per 16oz can, $13 per 4-pack
  • Limit 12 cans per person

Moving forward, the brewery expects to release fresh cans of Sticky Hands “approximately every other week.”

Commercial description:

This Hop Experience Ale features ample additions of sticky, resinous, lupulin packed hop buds grown in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy a hop decrescendo that begins with an aromatic blast of tropical fruits, citrus and dank herbs; transitions into luscious hop flavor; and ends with a balanced bitter finish, gently propped up by pale malted barley and fermented with our privately banked Brewers yeast. 8.1% ABV

Block 15 Taproom is located at 3415 SW Deschutes Ave in South Corvallis. Block 15 Restaurant & Brewery is located at 300 SW Jefferson Ave in Corvallis.


Side Project Abricot du Fermier Blend #2 Release Oct. 2

side-project-abricot-du-fermierAlmost exactly one year since the original batch, Side Project Abricot du Fermier Blend #2 is slated to launch at the Perennial Artisan Ales tasting room on Friday, October 2 at 4pm. This wild ale with apricots has spent 13 months in oak barrels and an additional 2 months in the bottle, weighing in at 8% ABV.

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

Commercial description:

Abricot du Fermier is our delicate, bright, aromatic Saison du Fermier in which we aged in French Oak wine barrels with apricots. The brightness, depth and rustic character are created by the wild yeast native to our family’s Missouri farm. This Apricot Saison was fermented in and aged in wine barrels for several months. 8% ABV

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



SweetWater Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Bottle Release Oct. 4

sweetwater-bourbon-stout-releaseIt’s almost here – SweetWater Brewing Company’s first ever barrel-aged release! Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout will hit the brewery on Sunday, October 4 at 1pm.

The details:

  • $30 gets you 6 tasting tickets, (1) 750mL bottle of Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout and a 16oz snifter (limited availability)
  • Additional bottles will be available
  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout will hit distribution on October 5
  • More details on the official event page

Commercial description:

A supremely rich full-bodied imperial stout laced with subtle notes of chocolate and bourbon from aging over six months in bourbon barrels. Multiple influences upon this robust stout will allow your palate to explore the depths and layers of this very limited release. 11.3% ABV

SweetWater Brewing Company is located at 195 Ottley Drive in Atlanta, GA.

Kuhnhenn Cherry Oud Bruin Bottle Release Sept. 26

kuhnhenn-cherry-oud-bruinQuick bottle release going down at Kuhnhenn Brewing Company this weekend, featuring a fresh installment of Cherry Oud Bruin. The fun kicks off on Saturday, September 26 at 11am.

The details:

  • $9 per 12oz bottle
  • Limit (4) 4-packs per person

Commercial description:

This Belgian-style Oud Bruin (or “old brown”) is brewed to an extremely high gravity before being aged to mellow out the intensity. Almost wine-like in character, the addition of tart Montmorency cherries from northern Michigan adds a light sweetness and fruity notes that nicely balance the acidic tartness and funky Brett-notes of the base beer. Bright, spritzy carbonation enhances the fruit and funk, and leads to a long, satisfying finish. 10.5% ABV

Photo credit: Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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

Central Waters Headless Heron Hitting Distribution Now

central-waters-headless-heronA tasty bite of news for you pumpkin beer fans out there – Central Waters Headless Heron is packed up and ready to roll out of the brewery. 22oz bottles and kegs are leaving the Wisconsin-based facility now, hitting accounts throughout their distribution footprint soon.

Currently, Central Waters is distributed in WI, MN, IA, SD, PA, NY and IL (limited).

Commercial description:

Generously spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves, this barrel-aged pumpkin spice ale overflows with dark fruit, dried fruit, and hints of bourbon. Perfect for settling in to watch a few leaves fall to the ground. 8.5% ABV

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