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OEC Brewing Experimentalis With Raspberries #2 Release Nov. 14


Experimentalis With Raspberries #2 is coming down the pipeline at OEC Brewing this season, dropping at the brewery on Saturday, November 14 at 11:30am. This version has spent a full year resting in oak wine barrels from California – enjoy!

The details:

  • Price TBA
  • Limit 3 per person
  • 288 bottles produced

Additional bottles available during release day will be announced at a later date.

Commercial description:

This version of Experimentalis With Raspberries was aged on our red & white raspberries for 12 months in a Leonhardt Vineyards Zinfandel barrel, from Nappa, CA. 5.9% abv.


OEC Brewing is located at 7 Fox Hollow Rd. in Oxford, CT.


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.

The Rare Barrel 2016 Ambassadors of Sour Open Enrollment Oct. 1

The Rare Barrel logoMissed out on The Rare Barrel’s Ambassadors of Sour club last year? Fear not – open enrollment for 2016 is nearly upon us, launching at 9am PST on Thursday, October 1. A cool $300 (+ tax) is the price of admission, which includes a beery cornucopia of benefits.

Membership includes:

  • Ten 750 mL bottles of sour beer (our choice)
  • First right to purchase most bottle releases online
  • 10% discount on all purchases in tasting room and online
  • One custom growler
  • Two pieces of custom glassware
  • Membership ID card
  • First right of acceptance for 2017 membership

Bottles can be picked up at the brewery, shipped within California (additional cost) or assigned to a trustee. Read all of the details and purchase your membership on October 1 here. Good luck!

Russian River Beatification Batch 007 Release Sept. 20

russian-river-beatificationThe wait is finally over – after bottling back in March earlier this year, Russian River Beatification Batch 007 is finally ready to hit the streets. Bottles will go on sale at the pub on Sunday, September 20 at 8am via the back rollup door.

The details:

  • $20 per 375mL bottle
  • Limit 6 bottles per person
  • Approx 500 cases produced
  • Draft will be available when the pub opens at 11am
  • No growlers

For those of you keeping score at home and comparing this to the Batch 006 release, yes – the price is higher (up from $18), the limits are halved (down from 12 per person), and less was produced (down from over 1000 cases).

Commercial description:

This beer is very unique and inspired by breweries in the Lambic region of Belgium and, especially, our friends at Cantillon. It is 100% spontaneously fermented, meaning yeast is not added. Once the beer is brewed, it is transferred to a cool-ship or “horny” tank located in our barrel room at the pub. There it sits overnight and collects whatever funky wild yeast and bacteria may be living in the room. The next day it is transferred to oak wine barrels where it ferments wildly and ages for a few months. The end result is a wild, spontaneously fermented, sour, and tasty hand-crafted beer! 5.5% ABV

Russian River Brewing Company is located at 725 4th Street in Santa Rosa, CA.


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.


Avery III Dolia Bottle Release Jul. 12

Avery-III-DoliaAnother limited brewery-only release coming your way via Avery Brewing Company. III Dolia is next up in the Barrel-Aged Series, dropping at 11am on Sunday, July 12.

This is a blended sour ale aged in “the rarest and most expensive barrels” the brewery has ever used. Here’s the breakdown:

44% aged in Madeira barrels
31% aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels
25% aged in Carcavelos barrels

The details:

  • $12 per 12oz bottle
  • Limit 12 per person
Avery Brewing Company is located at 4910 Nautilus Ct in Boulder, CO.

Hangar 24 First Crush & Sanguinello Bottle Releases Jun. 27

Hangar-24-First-CrushDouble-barreled sour release coming in hot this summer from Hangar 24 Craft Brewery in Redlands, CA. Kicking off on Saturday, June 27 at 9am will be the launch of First Crush and Sanguinello. Limited beers, live music and more – let’s get crackin.

The details:

  • First Crush:
    • $20 per 750mL bottle
    • No bottle limits
    • 2300 bottles available
    • $8 per 8oz pour, $3 per 3oz taster
  • Sanguinello:
    • $15 per 330mL bottle
    • Limit 1 per person
    • 1200 bottles available
    • $15 per 11oz pour, $5 per 3oz taster

Tasting room will open at 11am. Full details here.

Commercial descriptions:

First Crush – Winemakers often refer to their harvest as “The Crush,” a reference to their process of literally crushing the juice from freshly harvested grapes. We’ve borrowed this term for “First Crush,” the very first beer we’ve ever blended from our stock of Syrah wine barrels filled with sour red ale. A mix of 18 month old barrels build complex base flavors of funk and oak, and the addition of Syrah grape juice after primary fermentation adds vinous, tannic notes of red wine, ripe fruit and leather. First Crush is ready to enjoy now, but will continue to evolve in your cellar for many years.

Sanguinello – Sanguinello is the name given to a variety of blood oranges, drawing on the deep crimson and ruby color of the citrus flesh. For Sanguinello the beer we sourced blood oranges locally, squeezing the fresh juice into Sauvignon Blanc barrels which held nine and eighteen month old sour blonde ale. The resulting beer is a beautiful hazy pink, balancing the tart base beer with the aromatics of citrus. We recommend enjoying the delicate fruit notes of Sanguinello fresh.

Hangar 24 Craft Brewery is located at 1710 Sessums Dr in Redlands, CA.