Coming later this month will be a new fruited concoction – Kill the Pain. If the name reminds you of the Painkiller cocktail, you’re right. Kill the Pain is a Berliner Weisse, brewed with toasted coconut, pineapple, mango, nutmeg, vanilla, and lactose. (The only thing missing is the rum, found in the signature drink.
Pontoon Brewing Kill the Pain will be available for pre-order starting July 25th, releasing on July 27th at a pig roast at the brewery.
Charlotte, North Carolina based Bayne Brewing has closed its doors after 3.5 years.
The 1,400 square foot brewery started was opened by Chris Bayne in Cornelius. His passion for brewing started at home back in 2004. 1% of the brewery’s profits were donated to Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, a gorilla conservation fund. (Hence the gorilla logo.
Ommegang Game of Thrones Mother of Dragons joins the brewery’s Game of Thrones Series in late September.
As the world continues to wait on George RR Martin’s sixth book (for years now), as well as HBO’s 8th season of the live action show, Brewery Ommegang continues to deliver beers inspired by the series. This September is dedicated to the “Mother of Dragons” Daenerys Targaryen.
This release is a blend of a smoked porter and Belgian Kriek, meant to be a representation of smoke and fire, found in the wake of Daenerys as she fights for her place on the Iron Throne. Ommegang describes this release as having “a rich with tart cherry up front leading to a center palate of semi-sweet chocolate then resolving to subtle smoke and mild sweetness.”
“Mother of Dragons represents in beer one of our favorite characters from Game of Thrones. Daenerys’s ascent from obscurity has been one of the most inspiring storylines of the show, and we’re thrilled to release a blend that embodies the character traits that have underpinned that rise.” – Doug Campbell, Brewery Ommegang president.
Ommegang Game of Thrones Mother of Dragons will be available in 750-milliliter bottles starting on September 28th.
Georgia Tech graduate Jon Near founded the brewery three years ago in Kennesaw, Georgia. Sources close to Southern Sky state the brewery was at constant odds with their distributor, Empire Distributors, over product placement at events in the weeks leading up to this announcement.
Incidentally, Beer Street Journal could only find one mention of Southern Sky on the brewery’s website – a single link back to the brewery’s website. There is no mention of Southern Sky’s beer portfolio.
The brewery’s equipment is currently available for sale.
In late spring, Abbey of the Holy Goats, a Belgian inspired brewery based in Roswell, Georgia also closed their doors and offered their equipment on industry site ProBrewer.com.
Goose Island Bourbon County Horchata is a potential addition to the brewery’s Bourbon County Brand this fall.
Pastry stouts – i.e. stouts with dessert-like additions like vanilla beans or chocolate are wildly popular in beer right now. Goose Island has taken notice and looks to be adding pastry inspired additions to their famed Bourbon Country Brand Series.
According to a market representative with Constellation Brands, the company has acquired Dallas, Texas-based Four Corners Brewing Company.
This brewery purchase will add Four Corners to a growing portfolio of craft breweries acquired by Constellation, including Ballast Point Brewing, and Funky Buddha.
George Esquivel and Greg Leftwich founded the brewery in 2012. When asked for a statement, Constellation forwarded a press release with this statement from the owners:
“We like to say that Four Corners Brewing is our collective beer journey, and partnering with Constellation continues that journey by opening amazing possibilities of where our brand and company can go. We’re proud Texas brewers, and we’ve always had the intent of sharing our brews and our story with as many people as possible. We know Constellation Brands is the right partner to help us do that.” – ” Four Corners co-founder George Esquivel.
In 2017, Four Corners production was 25,000 barrels. The financial value of the transaction has not been disclosed.