Beer notes: Ithaca, Bell’s, Goose Island, Community Tap and more


Another dozen beer notes from the past week or so…

…A bit late on this one but per an Ithaca Beer Co. newsletter, “In continuation of the theme of the collaborative brewed all-brett beer, SF-IPA, Ithaca Beer Brewmaster, Jeff “Chief” O’Neil along with Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant Media Brewmaster, Bobby Barrar are planning to brew a single batch all-brett porter called Dark Humor this Sunday! Dark Humor will be available in the late Spring, by draft only and very limited in distribution. Tours will continue as regularly scheduled at the brewery during the brewing of Dark Humor. Stop by and catch a glimpse of the brewers in action.”

Bell’s Brewery announced on its blog that Oberon Ale will be released beginning on March 28th this year.

Goose Island isn’t stopping with Frontera. The brewery will be collaborating with a few chefs on limited run beers that presumably should pair well with fine dining options.

Founders Brewing just released a new “session red” called Crimson Dynamo on tap. 4.7% ABV and bursting with flavor: amber caramel malts are balanced by Simcoe and Cascade hops.

Dunedin Brewery said on Beer Advocate, “We will be releasing an India Pale Ale every 3-4 months, each one a unique recipe, as we explore the possibilities of hoppy beer. Our aim is to explore the style thoroughly before releasing our first-ever flagship IPA in 15 years. The first beer to be released is a Black Rye IPA (8.5%abv). We plan to offer a limited amount of 22oz bottles at the brewery, which will be available starting Friday, March 11th.”

…Remember the Community Tap Trifecta IPA label I posted early last week? Here’s more info on it from The Tap’s Ed Buffington: “The beer was born from a collaboration between us, Don Richardson of Allgood Brands, and Thomas Creek Brewery (thus the Trifecta name indicating the three parties involved) with the purpose of having an IPA that we could proudly serve on our growler station as our own. We brewed this beer using Columbus, Centennial and Citra hops along with a combination of Pale, Crystal, Munich and Cara Pils malts. Since we are working in small batches, we will be leaving this beer unfiltered in order to let as much flavor shine through as possible, so you can expect a well balanced IPA with really nice citrus aromas. We expect to be pouring this in either 32 oz or 64 oz growlers some time in the next couple of weeks.”

…Some recent updates on North Carolina breweries courtesy of Mountain Xpress.

DuClaw Brewing has more on Black Lightning, an India-style Black Ale shown here within the past couple weeks.

Nøgne Ø posted a reflection on Sake brewing.

Mayflower Spring Hop Ale has arrived on shelves (draft, too?).

Wachusett Brewing announced the release of Green Monsta IPA.

…Finally, the Wall Street Journal weighs whether parents should be allowed to teach their kids to drink alcohol.

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