New Belgium The Hemperor, an India pale ale brewed with hemp, debuts in April.
India pale ales have always been hot in craft beer, but lately, their popularity has skyrocketed. You can thank new strains of dank hops, the New England IPA trend, even cheaper ways for small breweries to can their lineup. New Belgium is always experimenting with the green hop-star, but this time the green is a little different.
New Belgium got started in Colorado, known for scenic mountains, breweries and most recently – legal weed. That legal green has given New Belgium the inspiration for what they believe is a new style of IPA, brewed with hemp.
New Belgium The Hemperor recreates the terpene flavors in hemp seeds into beer form. Terpenes are hydrocarbons derived from the essential oils of the hemp plants. They are major components of resin. Terpenes give plants their aroma, taste and even color.
You’ve probably heard weed referred to as “dank”. You most certainly have heard that term used to describe hops. New Belgium is fusing the two flavors and aromas into one “dank” beer. It is important to note, hemp seeds and other products are not legally allowed to contain the cannabinoid known as THC (Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol) in them. Any trace of this would be so small it would take an exorbitant amount of consumption to even remotely show up on drug tests, etc. The Hemperor uses the terpenes or essence of hemp, not the cannabinoid THC.
…we found a unique way to recreate hemp terpene flavors in a beer, which complement the inclusion of hop flavors and hemp hearts (seeds) in a brand new, delicious way—not to mention this beer is extremely dank! The flavors and aromas are so unique that it’s a style unto itself, hence HPA®.
New Belgium The Hemperor will start shipping in April, in 12-ounce bottles and draft.
Mitch Steele hails from the hoppy American West Coast, making that influence undeniable in every sip. Warrior, Simcoe, and Centennial hops blossom with every sip. Think citrus, peaches, and orange zest. No, don’t ask if it’s hazy. Ironically, Steele denies any “coast” claiming with Hoplandia:
Hoplandia is no ordinary IPA. It’s not confined to the style of the West Coast, East Coast or whatever coast. This lush IPA is something sublimely different and now in cans, more Atlantans will be able to experience Hoplandia for themselves.
All coasts aside, New Realm Hoplandia IPA, as well as Euphonia PIlsner, will soon be available in 12-ounce cans at the brewery, as well as Georgia distribution as we head into April.
New Realm Euphonia Pilsner is being canned for the first time this month.
In the two short months that Atlanta’s New Realm Brewing has been opened, two beers have become headliners – Hoplandia IPA and Euphonia Pilsner. While one has brewmaster Mitch Steele’s hoppy west coast fingerprints all over it, the pilsner leans a bit more traditional.
Steele uses Hersbrucker, Huell Melon, Saphir and Sterling hops on a German malt “blackboard”. The finished beer is the beautifully smooth, dangerously drinkable, delightfully crisp pilsners that is hard to put down. (Ed. note: we haven’t left the brewery drinking less than at least four each time.)
“… Euphonia Pilsner, our refreshing, easy sipping pils has been a favorite amongst our brewers and guests at our bar.” Mitch Steele, Co-Founder & Brewmaster
Today the brewery is hard at work canning Euphonia PIlsner for the first time. 12-ounce cans of the crisp pilsner will be available at the brewery first, with distribution to follow in April 2018.
Style:Pilsner Hops: Huell Melon, Saphir, Sterling Malts: German Pilsner
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round Debut (Cans): March 2018
Saint Arnold Orange Show has been added to the Houston, Texas-based brewery’s year-round lineup this month.
The base beer is a blonde ale, brewed with fresh blood oranges. 2,200 pounds of puree to be exact. That’s around a half a pound of puree per gallon.
A strong citrus aroma comes from the purée added during fermentation and the Centennial and Citra hops. The combination of sweet and slightly tart flavors make it a balanced, light bodied beer.
Saint Arnold Orange Show is named for a folk art monument in Houston’s East End Neighborhood. The 3,000 square foot structure was designed by the late Jefferson Davis McKissack, a Houston postal worker.
Orange Show is available in 12-ounce cans and draft in Texas and Louisana, year-round starting in March 2018.
Style: Blonde Ale (w/ Blood Oranges.) Hops: Centennial, Citra Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round Distribution: TX, LA
Wild Heaven Laissez Fraise will emerge from the brewery’s “Wild Wild Heaven” series this weekend.
Strawberries and mint highlight this new wild ale blend.
For Lassiez Fraise, we selected a handful of barrels that received fresh strawberries and a smaller number which had received fresh mint for blending. The result is an unexpected mingling of subtle, beautiful flavors, unlike anything we’ve ever made.
Wild Heaven Laissez Fraise will be available in 500-milliliter bottles. Limited to a run of 300.
The Brewer’s Association, the not-for-profit trade group that represents small and independent craft brewers has releasd the annual “Top 50” list for 2017.
In the craft segment, Yuengling still holds the #1 spot in sales volume, followed by Boston Beer, Sierra Nevada, and New Belgium. New to the top 5 is Duvel Moortgat, which includes Firestone Walker, Ommegang, and Boulevard Brewing.
You’ll see a name on this list after acquisitions that closed in 2016. CANarchy, The Craft Brewery Collective checks in at #9, funded by Fireman Capital Partners. The group includes Oskar Blues, Cigar City Brewing, Perrin Brewing, Wasatch and Squatters Craft Beer.
Below you’ll see the Top 50 brewing companies in the United States overall, by sales volume. No surprise, AB InBev still holds the #1 spot, followed by Miller Coors. Constellation has bumped Pabst from the #3 spot.
In contrast, the largest craft brewery Yuengling appears 5th in overall volume.
Breakout those tacky-ass beach shirts. Red BrickAirbrush Daydream is coming this month.
The Atlanta based brewery jokingly subtitles this release a “Myrtle Beach Style IPA”. Funny now, but watch it become an actual beer style. After all, you can pretty much thank social media turning New England IPA into a hoppy juggernaut.
While New England is home to haze, the “Myrtle Beach Style” IPA is a tart one. Red Brick brews this release with Citra, Mosaic, and Topaz hops. If a surf shop t-shirt could be a beer, this is probably it.
Red Brick Airbrush Daydream will be available when the brewery opens on March 15th, in 16-ounce 4-packs.
Those magically inspired, beer-loving individuals are sure to love this artwork. Monday NightMischief Managed will emerge from their barrels soon.
Mischief Managed is a no-boil Berliner Weisse that has been barrel-soured in white wine barrels. Fresh raspberries have recently been added to the barrels, then allowed to ferment a second time. The result should be a beer that would make Moody, Wormtail, Padfoot & Prongs proud.
Monday Night Mischief Managed will be a 500-milliliter bottle release. The brewery has not yet announced a release date.
There’s a new Sculpin launching nationally with a tropical spin. Ballast Point Aloha Sculpin is hitting shelves now.
The story of this new India pale ale is the marriage of tropical flavor forward hops and the Bruxellensis Trois yeast selected for this beer. This fast fermenting strain of Brux lends the beer bursts of mango and pineapple flavors after fermentation. Combine those fruity flavors with a lineup of bold hops and the result is Aloha Sculpin. Also, for you haze chasers out there, this release sports a bit of that cloudiness you’re craving.
We used Brux Trois yeast to turn our award-winning IPA into a tropical oasis, enhancing its hop character with bright and refreshing notes of guava, pineapple, and mango.
Highland Brewing Company is closing their doors this week. For four days. When they open again on February 23rd, Highland will look a little different.
For multiple decades now, Highland Brewing has sported a kilted Scotsman holding a pint, with the tagline “just a wee bit different”. This week sadly, the Scotsman is retiring.
Leah Wong Ashburn, the president of Highland Brewing and daughter of founder Oskar Wong knew a little while ago that Asheville, North Carolina’s first craft brewery needed a branding change. “Over two decades, we led with beer, and in recent years, we developed our beer portfolio significantly with fresh new styles and our innovative spirit is firing,” Ashburn says. “I love that we are now aligning the message.”
Highland spent most of 2017 collaborating with Austin, Texas-based Helms Workshop on the refresh. The entire beer lineup will still be labeled under the Highland name, but will now depict the Blue Ridge Mountains, where the brewery calls home. The pioneer compass you see is a reminder that Highland was Asheville’s first craft beer.
” We believe in authenticity…You act the same way when no one else is looking. You deliver the same level of quality every time that only you could notice. You are authentic when your actions align with your words. And when our brand aligns with our beer. This refreshed brand is who we are.”
Highland will host a launch celebration in their taproom on February 23rd. Look for the refreshed look on all Highland bottles, cans, and tap handles hitting shelves in the near future.