Brewers across California have hinted at, announced, or just started serving new beers this week, and they all sound pretty delicious. Stone celebrates a couple of anniversaries with special releases, Golden Road starts pouring an imperial rye porter, and Sierra Nevada has a few new special draught-releases on-tap:
- Stone Brewing has announced another collaboration beer, this time to commemorate the 13th anniversary of Seattle-based craft beer shop Bottleworks. The imperial porter uses 13 different hop varieties and 13 different grains for a complex flavor and big finish. Bombers and kegs should be hitting the usual Stone distribution channels already, and it will hit retail soon.
- Speaking of imperial Porters, Golden Road’s newest beer, the Hudson Porter, is now available on tap at the pub. The 7%ABV porter is named for owner Tony Yanow’s young son and features rye in the grain-bill for added complexity. We are really excited to try this one!
- San Diego’s Lost Abby is releasing the next in their “Ultimate Box Set” series; Track 4 is an ode to the Rolling Stone’s Sympathy for the Devil, and the beer is a blend of barrel-aged Hot Rocks Lager. Check out the detailed “liner notes” for the release which should be
in stores soon.Oops, it looks like this is a brewery-only release, so you’ll need to hit up their taproom to try it!
- Another exciting anniversary release from Stone Brewing, this time to commemorate the tenth birthday of Ruination, their flagship double IPA. Label art for the release is pretty-much the only info on the beer we’ve been able to find, but it looks like it will be a 10%ABV DIPA and we couldn’t be more excited.
- Portland’s excellent BREWPUBLIC site has a round-up of new labels submitted for government approval, and there are several new Sierra Nevada Brewing varieties on the list: “Burleywine Ale” (9.5%ABV), “Side Car” Amber Ale (5.6%ABV), “Solar Storm” (5.8%ABV), and the 2012 edition of their excellent “Southern Hemisphere Harvest“. The first three look to be draught only, but bottles of the Harvest ale, which uses all New Zealand-grown hops, will be available soon.