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


Allagash Nancy Bottle Release Nov. 14

allagash-nancyFree coffee, donuts and a limited wild ale release – yup, I’m sold. Allagash Nancy returns to the brewery on Saturday, November 14 at 9:30am, so start setting those alarm clocks. This is a sour red ale fermented with 6,000 pounds of cherries harvested from Maine’s own Doles Orchard.

The details:

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

Nancy is a sour red ale fermented with Maine cherries and Brettanomyces in 100% stainless, for just shy of a year. The cherries were a blend of Balaton and Montmorrency and added at a rate of 2lbs per gallon. Copper in color, Nancy has an aroma of cherries, bread crust and a touch of cinnamon. The flavor is a medley of tart cherry, citrus and pie spice. The finish is dry with a lingering tartness. 6.3% ABV

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



Two Roads Sourcopia Rare Beer Release Nov. 14

two-roads-sourcopiaIt’s back! The Two Roads Sourcopia rare beer release party returns for 2015, taking over the brewery on Saturday, November 14 from 10am-9pm. 3 different sour ales will be available, with bottle sales kicking off at noon.

The details:

  • Two Roads Kriek – $10 per 375mL bottle
  • Krazy Pucker – $10 per 500mL bottle
  • Hexotic – $10 per 375mL bottle
  • Limit 2 bottles of each beer per person
  • 600 bottles of each beer are available
  • All of the release beers will be available on draft (limited supply, duh)

Commercial descriptions:

Inspired by classic Belgian interpretations, Two Roads Kriek is a wheat-based brew re-fermented with sour cherries. After brewing, the lambic is mixed with the cherries and transferred into oak barrels where it ages for nearly two years until just the right level of cherry-like “funkiness” is achieved.

Two Roads’ Berliner Weiss, “Krazy Pucker,” in 500 mL bottles. Tart and tasty, find out why Napoleon called this style of beer, “The Champagne of the North.”

“Hexotic” has been a work in progress at the brewery for over two years. The brew is made with six tropical fruits that include: Orange, passion fruit, mangosteen, gaunabana, guava & mango and aged in oak for 28 months.

Two Roads Brewing Company is located at 1700 Stratford Ave in Stratford, CT.

Funky Buddha Nikolai Vorlauf Bottle Release Nov. 27

funky-buddha-nikolai-vorlaufForget the holiday shopping – Funky Buddha has the Nikolai Vorlauf bottle release in store for you on Friday, November 27 at noon. Can’t make it to the release? This burly Imperial Russian Stout will also be hitting a number of retailers throughout South Florida.

The details:

  • $9.99 per 22oz bottle
  • No bottle limit

Commercial description:

We brewed this imperial stout to be big, bold and strong. Nikolai gets its thick body by using oats and lactose and is complimented by plenty of complex chocolate, cocoa, and caramel undertones, and a rich roasty note at the end. 10.5% ABV

Funky Buddha Brewery is located at 1208 NE 38th St in Oakland Park, FL.


Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience 15 Release Nov. 4

Hill Farmstead Civil DisobedienceCivil Disobedience 15 is ready to roll at Hill Farmstead this week, hitting the retail shop shelf on Wednesday, November 4 when doors open at noon. Blended barrel-aged beer with mangos! So tropical.

The details:

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

Commercial description:

A blend composed of beers from a diversity of barrels ranging from 16 to 30 months and further aged on organic, hand peeled mangos… many, many mangos, thanks to the able assistance of some great volunteers!

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


Jester King Bière de Blanc du Bois Blend 2 Release Oct. 30

Jester-king-Bière-de-Blanc-du-BoisJester King Bière de Blanc du Bois Batch 2 is upon us this week, landing at the Austin brewery for a public on sale at 4pm on Friday, October 30. This will follow the initial release during their annual Funk n’ Sour Fest today.

Bière de Blanc du Bois is a wild ale aged in oak barrels, refermented with grapes grown about 30 miles from the brewery, coming in at 6% ABV.

The details:

  • $16 per 500mL bottle
  • Limit 2 per person
  • Approx 3,500 bottles produced

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

Avery Pump[KY]n Batch 2 Release Nov. 8

avery-pumpkynPump[KY]n is ready to return to Avery Brewing Company this Fall season, launching on Sunday, November 8 at 11am. This will be the 2nd batch to release, as the beer has officially been added to the brewery’s Annual Barrel Series (alongside Rumpkin and Uncle Jacob’s Stout).

Price and bottle limits are TBA.

After the brewery release, Pump[KY]n will be distributed to CO, CA, IL, KY, MN, MO, NJ, NY, OK, PA, SC, TX, VA, and WI.

Commercial description:

What’s in a name? Sometimes the simplest can be the most descriptive, and in this case, derisive and divisive! After much internal debate (ad nauseum! Bourb[KY]n, anyone?), we decided a single letter change was the best way to embody the bourbon barrel-aging that adds layers of complexity to an already exquisitely spiced pumpkin porter. 15% ABV

Avery Brewing Company is located at 4910 Nautilus Ct in Boulder, CO.

Upland Secret Barrel Society Memberships On Sale Now


Upland Secret Barrel Society is open for new memberships again, check out the link to buy and all the details from the brewery below. Enjoy!

The Secret Barrel Society was created to support our most avid sour beer followers, by hosting specialized events that provide beer focused experiences, in appreciation of their appreciation. Previous SBS members helped our small sour program grow and enabled us to experiment and release new sour beer blends and varieties not otherwise possible without their support. We are pleased to be able to offer a program this year with more benefits at a lower cost, as we no longer need to seek additional revenue to help grow our brewery.

We expect 4 separate sour releases in 2016, with multiple individual beers per release. Pending availability, each bottle release will include (6) bottles of beer, per individual beer, for reservation. The following individual beers are expected to be released over the membership duration of 2016:

The following will be released in 750 ml bottles:

Blackberry – Cauldron – VinoSynth Red – VinoSynth White – Black Raspberry

Blueberry – Persimmon – Peach – Pawpaw – Phyllis #2

Kiwi – Sour Reserve 7 – Collaboration Beer One – Fresh Oak Brett

Strawberry – Raspberry – Mayhaw – Collaboration Beer Two

We are transitioning the following beer in 500 ml bottles in 2016 for purchase:

Dantalion – Malefactor – Peach – Cherry

Please note, the beer is not included in your membership fee. Your membership purchase guarantees availability of all Upland Sour Ales before any public sale occurs. Your beer must still be purchased at a retail location (Indianapolis or Bloomington) after it is released.

Your membership also includes:

  • Two Upland Sour Program custom glasses
  • One Secret Barrel Society T-Shirt
  • 1 free general admission ticket to Sour Wild and Funk Fest
  • Free entry to a members only event immediately following the Sour + Wild + Funk Fest (one guest will be allowed for each member at no additional cost)
  • Free entry to a food and sour beer pairing event at the brewery before the end of the year (one guest will be allowed for each member at no additional cost)
  • Several new experimental beers, not mentioned above, released for the first time available exclusively to members for purchase
  • Bimonthly updates through the Secret Barrel Society e-newsletter
  • VIP access to the Grand Opening of our new Bloomington Sour House (one guest allowed)
  • Quarterly SBS-Only Tours and Tastings offered at the Bloomington Sour House
  • Other awesome events and benefits we decide to add on, spuriously and with adequately questionable notice, throughout the year for members


For questions please e-mail

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