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Side Project x De Garde Orviamo Bottle Release Today

Side Project BrewingSide Project Brewing is setting off Memorial Day Weekend with a bang today, dropping their new collaboration with De Garde in the Perennial Artisan Ales tasting room at 4pm. Orviamo is a wild ale with microflora from both breweries, Oregon raspberries and plums, then aged in a combination of wine, whiskey and port barrels.

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.


Vault Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout Release May 31

vault-brewing-co-logoAn exciting piece of news coming out of Yardley, PA this week, as Vault Brewing Company is ready to unveil their latest limited bottle release, Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout. This is a decadent, dark stout aged in Laird’s Apple Brandy barrels for 12 months, finishing up at 9.2% ABV. The fun kicks off in the brewery at noon on Sunday, May 31.

The details:

  • $15 per 22oz bottle
  • Limit 6 per person
  • Approx 600 bottles available

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

Other Half Hop Showers IPA & All Green Everything Can Release May 21

Other-Half-All-Green-Everything-Hop-ShowersCans rule everything around me! Other Half has another batch of freshly canned IPAs ready for your faces, starting at 5pm on Thursday, May 21 at the brewery in Brooklyn. All Green Everything is slated to return, alongside Hop Showers IPA. Should supplies remain after the Thursday sale, remaining cans will be sold on Friday, May 22 at 5pm.

The details:

  • All Green Everything – $20 per 4-pack, limit (2) 4-packs per person
  • Hop Showers IPA – $16 per 4-pack, limit (4) 4-packs per person

Other Half Brewing Company is located at 195 Centre St. in Brooklyn, NY.

The Rare Barrel Another World Bottle Release May 23

The Rare Barrel Another WorldMemorial Day weekend just got a little bit sour – The Rare Barrel is scheduled to unleash Another World in bottles and draft on Saturday, May 23 at 2pm. This is a red sour ale aged in oak barrels, weighing in at 6% ABV. Enjoy!

The details:

  • $20 per 750mL bottle
  • Limits TBA
  • Draft will also be available

Commercial description:

Another World is a red sour beer aged in oak barrels. Fermented with two strains of Brettanomyces yeast and two strains Lactobacillus bacteria, this red sour presents notes of cherries and caramel. Inside of this beer, there exists another world. A world ruled entirely by yeast and bacteria. This dichotomous world survives and thrives through constant cooperation and competition. 6% ABV

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

Crooked Stave Colorado WildSage & Nightmare on Brett Release May 20

Crooked Stave May 20 ReleaseThe bottling line continues to pull overtime shifts at Crooked Stave this season, with Colorado WildSage and Nightmare on Brett aged in Red Wine Barrels hitting the brewery on Wednesday, May 20 at 6pm.

The details:

  • Colorado WildSage – $7 per 375mL bottle, no limits
  • Nightmare on Brett – $12 per 375mL bottle, limit 12 per person, taproom exclusive release

Commercial descriptions:

Colorado WildSage (7.2% ABV) was brewed with Colorado in mind as a Saison, which embodies the high altitude Rocky Mountains. The raw materials were sourced throughout Colorado, including fresh white sage and lemongrass foraged from the Rocky Mountains.

For the fourth batch of Nightmare on Brett (9.666% ABV), we aged our Dark base beer in a large oak foeder and later in Red wine casks for 12+ months with our mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria.

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


Firestone Walker 2015 Stickee Monkee Release May 23

Firestone-Walker-Stickee-MonkeeStickee Monkee is ready to return for its sophomore release in 22oz bottles this month, dropping at Firestone Walker on Saturday, May 23 at 11am. Limited distribution across the brewery’s footprint will follow shortly thereafter (good luck).

Suggested retail will be $16.99 per 22oz bottle, with 3500 cases produced (same amount as the 2014 release).

Commercial description:

A Belgian Quad by recipe, but aging it in spirits barrels garners its own category: Central Coast Quad.  A beer formulated to sit on the sweeter and malty side so that we could utilize it for blending.  Turbinado brown sugar from Mexico and Belgian candi sugar add wonderful molasses flavors.  It has a full body and lush texture with barrel expression all over this beer:  toasted oak, coconut, leather and cigar tobacco.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company is located at 1400 Ramada Drive in Paso Robles, CA.

Crooked Stave Batch #50 & Blueberry Petite Sour Bottle Release May 13

Crooked-Stave-May13-ReleaseThe heat keeps dropping at Crooked Stave this season. Wednesday, May 13 at 6pm – mark your calendars – Batch #50 and Blueberry Petite Sour bottles will both be up for grabs. Keep stocking up that cellar, friends.

The details:

  • Batch #50 – $13 per 375mL bottle, limit 4 per person
  • Blueberry Petite Sour – $8 per 375mL bottle, limit 8 per person

Commercial descriptions:

Batch #50 (6.0% ABV), Grand Cru Wild Ale aged for 22 months in Wine Barrels, will be a taproom-only bottle release with only 100 total cases produced. Brewed in June of 2013, Batch #50 is a blend of some of our oldest barrels, some of which had Colorado peaches added in late 2013.

Blueberry Petite Sour (5.5% ABV) received the equivalent of over a pound per gallon of blueberries, after being primary fermented in oak with our mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria. We first released this beer to our Cellar Reserve members in 2014. Due to its popularity, we did a remake for public release.

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


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