Investigating the uncommon, unusual, and rare within the craft beer community.


Jolly Pumpkin La Roja Du Kriek Coming Soon

Jolly-Pumpkin-La-Roja-Du-KriekJust when you thought La Roja couldn’t get any better. A fresh spin on Jolly Pumpkin’s flagship sour amber ale is “coming soon” – La Roja Du Kriek. This pumps up the volume on their oak barrel-aged, bottle conditioned beer by blending 3,100 gallons of 2013 La Roja with 50 gallons of Michigan tart cherry juice. 7.5% ABV. Stay tuned.

Jack’s Abby Barrel-Aged Framinghammer April Release Schedule

Jack's Abby Barrel-Aged FraminghammerYes, the barrel-aged Baltic Porter beasts from Massachusetts are ready to return! A host of Jack’s Abby Barrel-Aged Framinghammer (and the accompanying variants) will be upon us shortly, hitting the brewery throughout April. Here’s what you need to know.

Wednesday, April 1 @ noon

  • Barrel-Aged, Vanilla Barrel-Aged, and Coffee Barrel-Aged Framinghammers on sale
  • Limit 6 bottles per person, per variant
  • Draft will be available
  • No growler fills

Wednesday, April 15 @ noon

  • Cocoa-Nut Barrel-Aged Framinghammer on sale
  • Limit 6 bottles per person
  • Draft will be available
  • No growler fills
  • Available at the brewery only 

Wednesday, April 22 @ noon

  • PB&J Barrel-Aged Framinghammer
  • Limit 6 bottles per person
  • Draft will be available
  • No growler fills
  • Available at the brewery only 

Jack’s Abby Brewing is located at 81 Morton St in Framingham, MA.

The Rare Barrel Ensorcelled Release Mar. 28

TheRareBarrel-EnsorcelledKeepin it sour in Berkeley. The Rare Barrel has bottled up a little slice of deliciousness for Saturday, March 28 at 2pm, featuring their Ensorcelled (“Enchanted”) sour ale. This is a dark sour beer aged in oak barrels with raspberries.

The details:

  • $30 per 750mL bottle
  • Limit 4 per person

Commercial description:

Ensorcelled, our dark sour aged in oak barrels with raspberries, is back! Decadent, rich, and jammy, Ensorcelled will remind you of a chocolate raspberry tart dessert. 5.8% ABV

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


Off Color Brewing to Release Coffee Dino Smores

Off-Color-Coffee-Dino-SmoresOff Color Brewing is living up to their name with this latest creation, Coffee Dino Smores. This ratchets their popular Dino Smores imperial stout up a few notches by adding coffee from local roasters, Quasar.

Marshmallow fluff, vanilla beans, roasted Quasar coffee, molasses, graham flower and cocoa nibs all found their way into the brew, resulting in the 10.5% ABV Imperial Coffee Marshmallow Stout that is Coffee Dino Smores. Keep your eyes peeled for this one to hit shelves soon/now/when it arrives.

Find their beer in the Chicagoland area here.

Side Project Le Fosse Release Mar. 25

Side-Project-Le-FosseMore sexy label art for your dome from Side Project Brewing. Le Fosse is bottled up and ready to rock on Wednesday, March 25 at 4pm in the Perennial tasting room. This is a Missouri wild ale aged in oak barrels with apricots, weighing in at 7% ABV.

Similar to other Side Project releases, price is TBA and limits will be determined based on turnout. Word is bottles will also be available for on-site consumption in the Side Project Cellar. Stay tuned.

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

Modern Times Bourbon Barrel-Aged Monsters’ Park On Sale Mar. 19

Modern-Times-BA-Monsters-ParkI think I’m seeing triple. Modern Times’ next release is totally stacked, featuring a trio of barrel-aged spins on their imperial stout, Monsters’ Park. Tickets for bottles will be sold online via Brown Paper Tickets, going off on Thursday, March 19 at 10am PST.

The details:

  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Monsters’ Park – $25.83 per 22oz bottle, limit 1 per person
  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Monsters’ Park with Coffee – $27.90 per 22oz bottle, limit 1 per person
  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Monsters’ Park with Coconut & Cocoa Nibs – $29.97 per 22oz bottle, limit 1 per person
  • Bottle tickets admit you to the release party on March 25 at noon where all 3 versions will be on tap
  • NO PROXIES, NO DUPE ORDERS (photo ID required for pickup)
  • Bottles MUST be picked up before May 26
  • Read all the details and place your order here

Commercial descriptions:

Black as oil and thick as blood. A vigorous pour produces a two finger, deep brown head. The mouthfeel is very full, with healthy, prickly carbonation. The aroma pops big time: major notes of bourbon, oak, chocolate, and toasted nuts waft out of the glass. The flavor is very powerful, with bourbon & roast malt leading the charge, followed by vanilla-y oak, caramel, dark chocolate, and those toasted nuts again. The finish lingers for days, with sweet malt and bourbon dominating. A seriously intense but very well-rounded barrel-aged imperial stout. The roasty intensity of Monsters’ Park is a beautiful match for the sweetness of bourbon.

We learned from our first experience adding coffee to barrel-aged Monsters’ Park: this beer soaks up A LOT of coffee before it gets to the KA-POW level we’re aiming for. So we added nearly 3 times as much coffee in two separate doses to make it really pop. The coffee aroma leaps out of the glass in combination with the intense oak & bourbon notes. The flavor is drenched in fresh coffee, but not so much that it completely overshadows the amazing, chocolatey base beer. The roasted notes in Monsters’ Park combine with the coffee to produce a markedly intense flavor, like a chocolate covered espresso bean turned up to 11. The finish is coffee & sweet malt all day, with a noticeable vanilla oakiness & caramel hard candy coming through as well.

Wow, did this beer ever take a lot of work, but it was totally worth it. We toasted all of the coconut ourselves and went to great lengths to source the perfect combination of cocoa nibs. Needless to say, the results are spectacular & anything but subtle. It pours pitch black with a menacingly dark head that dissipates very quickly due to the fat from the coconut. The flavor and aroma are completely saturated with coconut & chocolate, but blend harmoniously with the strong bourbon & roast malt notes. This beer is explosively flavorful and completely coats the palate with coconut, milk chocolate, toasted bread, dark honey, and roast malt. Truly amazing.

Modern Times Lomaland Fermentorium is located at 3725 Greenwood St. in San Diego, CA.

Jester King Montmorency vs Balaton Blend 2 Release Mar. 20

Jester-King-Montmorency-BalatonMmm…cherries. Montmorency vs Balaton Blend 2 will drop at Jester King Brewery on Friday, March 20 when the tasting room opens at 4pm. This is a barrel-aged ale refermented with Montmorency and Balaton cherries from Michigan, coming in at 6.7% ABV.

The details:

  • $16 per 500mL bottle
  • Limit 1 per person, per day
  • Approx 3000 bottles produced
  • Available at the brewery only (aside from a few special events)

Jester King Brewery is located at 13005 Fitzhugh Rd. Bldg. B in Austin, Texas.

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