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Night Shift Barrel Society 2016 Memberships On Sale Oct. 1

night-shift-barrel-society-2016Night Shift Barrel Society 2016 is in the works already and expected to dump another heaping truckload of barrel-aged beers on members from around the country. Current members will be able to renew September 15-30, followed by a public on-sale beginning October 1.

Specific details are still TBA, but check out last year’s info to get a taste of what Night Shift Barrel Society has delivered in the past.

River North Fancy Effing Stout & Quandary Single Cask Release Today

river-north-fancy-effing-stoutDouble release coming out of River North Brewery today, featuring Fancy Effing Stout and Quandary Single Cask. Availability and location are different for each of these, so listen up.

Fancy Effing Stout:

  • On sale at the taproom when doors open at 1pm
  • Bottles and draft available
  • $15 per 22oz bottle
  • Limit 6 per person

Commercial description:

The beer you’ve been practicing for. The bottle you crack when you want your friends to know you’re better than them. An imperial stout aged in Manhattan cocktail barrels, this is a necessary addition to any respectable cellar. Jet black and robust as hell, with decadent notes of dark malts, rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and a dash of bitters. 11% ABV

river-north-quandary-single-caskQuandary Single Cask:

  • On sale at Davidson’s Liquors at 1pm
  • $11.99 per 375mL bottle
  • Limit 2 per person
  • 30 cases produced
  • Draft will be available at River North taproom on Sunday, August 30 at 1pm

Commercial description:

Our friends at Davidson’s Liquors received a single cask of Old Scout Straight Bourbon Whiskey from Smooth Ambler Spirits selected just for them. They graciously offered us the freshly emptied barrel, and the Quandary Single Cask series was born. When the beer finished its rest, the folks at Davidson’s came down to help us hand-bottle it. 11.5% ABV

River North Brewery is located at 2401 Black St #1 in Denver, CO. Davidson’s Liquors is located at 5555 Boatworks Dr in Highlands Ranch, CO.


Allagash Farm to Face Bottle Release Aug. 22

allagash-farm-to-faceAllagash Farm to Face is set to return this summer, dropping at the brewery on Saturday, August 22 at 9:30am. This is an ale fermented with 6,000 pounds of fresh local peaches for nearly one year, finishing at 5.7% ABV.

The details:

  • $15 per 375mL bottle
  • Limit 2 per person

Commercial description:

Farm to Face was brewed as a pale ale and fermented in stainless with our house yeast. After primary fermentation, pediococcus and lactobacillus were added along with 3lbs of peaches per gallon. Ten months later, the finshed beer is bright amber in color with peach, graham cracker and green apple in the aroma. Drinking this medium bodied beer is like biting into a juicy peach with tartness throughout. The finish has a long lasting peachyness. 5.7% ABV

Allagash Brewing Company is located at 50 Industrial Way in Portland, ME.


Crooked Stave Petite Sour Pure Guava Bottle Release Aug. 19

crooked-stave-petite-sour-pure-guavaCrooked Stave is polishing off their Petite Sour series with a gem from 2011, releasing Petite Sour Pure Guava on Wednesday, August 19 at 6pm. This sour ale aged in oak with guava (5.5% ABV) was the first commercially-available bottle from the Denver-based brewery, with this event marking its only return since the inaugural launch.

Pricing and bottle limits are still TBA.

Crooked Stave is located at 3350 Brighton Blvd in Denver, CO.


Hill Farmstead x De Molen Works of Love Release Aug. 19

hill-farmstead-works-of-loveIt’s collaboration time at Hill Farmstead this week! Works of Love, a joint effort between the Vermont brewery and Menno Olivier of Belgium’s Brouwerij De Molen will hit the retail shop shelf on Wednesday, August 19 when doors open at noon.

The details:

  • $20 per 375mL bottle
  • Limit 2 per person
  • Other beers available: Everett, Convivial Suarez, Nordic Saison, Arthur

Commercial description:

In the summer of 2013, our dear friend Menno Olivier, owner and brewer of Brouwerij De Molen, visited Hill Farmstead and collaborated on an imperial stout, which was then aged for 20 months in hand-selected 25-year-old bourbon barrels. With classic De Molen malt character, rich body, beautiful barrel notes and appropriately light carbonation, this expresses beautifully what friendship and respect can contribute when creating a beer.

Photo credit: Hill Farmstead Brewery

Hill Farmstead Brewery is located at 403 Hill Road in Greensboro, VT.

Forest & Main Dochter Seizoen Bottle Release Today

forest-and-main-DochterBatch 2 of Forest & Main Dochter Seizoen is ready to go today, dropping at the brewery at 11am. This is a barrel-aged farmhouse style ale, coming in at 5% ABV.

The details:

  • $15 per 500mL bottle
  • Limit 6 per person
  • Approx 900 bottles produced
  • Bottle sales will be CASH ONLY

Forest & Main Brewing Company is located at 61 N. Main St. in Ambler, PA.

Vault Mosaic Imperial IPA Can Release Aug. 15

Vault-mosaic-imperial-ipaFeast your eyes on these babies! Kicking off Vault Brewing’s new “minimalist can art series” is Mosaic Imperial IPA, dropping at the brewery on Saturday, August 15 when doors open at noon. Expect to see further installments in the new series later on down the road.


The details:

  • $18 per 4-pack of 16oz cans
  • Limit (3) 4-packs per person
  • Draft is available now

Commercial description:

Packed with hop flavor, this single-hop Imperial IPA showcases mosaic hops and produces notes of mango, grapefruit, blueberry, strawberry, and pine. Complex yet refreshing. 7.6% ABV

Vault Brewing Company is located at 10 S. Main St. in Yardley, PA.

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