Craft Beer: Aug/Sept Releases & Seasonals

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Each month we’ll turn you on to the scheduled new release and seasonal beers on tap at our regional breweries. Often there is some fanfare, party atmosphere connected to release dates at the brewery.

 

O’Connor Brewing Company: Punkelweisse

Release date: August 12 @ 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Punkelweisse, a German-style Dunkelweisse or Dark Wheat Beer, is brewed with pumpkin and spices. The use of cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, ginger and pumpkin compliments the banana and clove flavors of a typical German hefeweizen yeast strain. The Punkelweisse is dark in color and medium in body, creating a well-balanced, drinkable, seasonal beer. It’s autumn in a glass.

 

Alewerks Brewing Company: Jubilee Rare

Release date: August 13 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

A Brewmaster special blend made exclusively for Alewerks’ official 10th anniversary celebration, also named Alewerks Jubilee. Bottles quantities extremely limited, available for one day only at this ticketed event. Tickets at alewerks.com.

 

Tradition Brewing Company: American Wild

Release date: August 13

An amber colored Pale Ale open fermented for 48 hours absorbing the local dominant yeast strain before injecting our house yeast resulting in a nice balance of tart and light sour notes on a malt backbone. Available for a limited time on tap in the tasting room.

5.8% ABV  38 IBUs

 

Alewerks Brewing Company: Weekend Lager

Release date: August 13

Labels be damned. ALEwerks produces a fine LAGER. Bright, clean crisp; a spicy yet subdued balanced beer. Lagers & Ales are the Red Wine & White Wine of the beer world. For a decade Alewerks focused only in Ales before stretching their limits toward a new world of beer 4.8% ABV. Malt: Pilsener, Vienna. Hops: Hallertau Mittelfruh. Style: Munich-Style Helles Lager

 

Back Bay Brewing Company: Frisco Woods Smoked Porter

Release date: Mid- August

Black as coal light bodied porter brewed with beech wood smoked malts. Notes of light coffee, chocolate and inviting smoky aroma. Perfect supplement for the summer bon-fire marshmallows not included. Look out for special in-house casks. 6% ABV and 24IBU

 

Back Bay Brewing Company: Queen Anne’s Revenge – Rum Barrel Variant 

Release date: Mid-August

The second release of our barrel aged beers. This is an imperial stout aged in rum barrels. Pitch black in color, silky smooth body developed well over the course of a year resting in barrels. Sweet Cocoa and soothing vanilla bean lead to subtle stone fruit notes. 10%ABV – 15 IBU

 

Pleasure House Brewing:  Czech Your 6 Pilsner

Release date: August 19

This bright golden Czech-inspired pilsner is our first lager ever. Fermented with bock yeast to emphasize the delicious bready malt character, it finishes with a firm, spiky, citrus-y bitterness from German Opal hops.  Sure, it’s not quite traditional… but we are very excited about this beer!  ABV 6.6%, IBU 52.

 

Home Republic Brewpub:  Blood Orange Sky IPA

Release date: Mid August

A crimson colored IPA brewed with fresh blood orange juice.  This well-balanced IPA is crafted with a unique hop blend and has subtle raspberry and citrus flavors with a touch of tartness.  A perfect summer IPA.  ABV 7% and IBU 58.

 

O’Connor Brewing Company: Backyard Bonfire Smoked IPA

Release date: August 26 @ 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Showcasing barley malt that was grown and smoked in our backyard by our friends at Copper Fox Distillery, paired with Sorachi-ace hops, this beer balances herbal and fruity aromas with the smoky character from the apple and cherry woods used.
Gold Medal, 2016 Virginia Craft Beer Cup, Smoke & Wood Aged Beer category
Silver Medal, 2016 Virginia Craft Beer Cup, Best of Show
Silver Medal, 2015 World Beer Championship
Style: India Pale Ale | ABV: 7% | IBUs: 65

 

Pleasure House Brewing:  2nd Landing ESB

Release date:  August 26

Our 1st Landing ESB was a big hit last year–a classic, English pub-style ESB.  But we can’t leave well enough alone.  This year, we’re using Simcoe and Cascade for an American twist on the classic style to make something like a throwback IPA.  But whatever you call it, the Maris Otter and British crystal malts combine with the piney, citrusy hop bill to create one delicious beer.  ABV 5.5%, IBU 46.

 

Smartmouth Brewing Company: Free Thought Pale Ale

Release date: August 27

Free Thought gets its name from the independent spirit of our brewery and a desire to break the fall seasonal mold. Brewed with Mosaic and Galaxy hops the result is a pale ale that’s quite sessionable, with tropical fruity notes and aromas of passion fruit and citrus. ABV 5.5% and IBU 38.

 

Bold Mariner Brewing Company: Bold Jack, Pumpkin Ale 

Release date: August 27

A medium body orange colored ale brewed with pumpkin added to the mash then finished with autumn aromas of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and all spice. 6.7% ABV 19 IBU

 

Pleasure House Brewing:  Chuckalope Juice IPA

Release date: August 31

This IPA is our take on the juicy, hazy beers made popular in New England. Pale yellow, it is loaded with Amarillo, Citra, and Equinox hops after the boil ends and then dry-hopped with Nugget, Citra, and Mosaic.  Lower on alcohol and bitterness, this is big on flavor!  ABV 6.2%, IBU 64

 

Pleasure House Brewing:  Frank Scott’s KiWheat

Release date: September 2 

Limited release!  One of Drew’s first homebrew successes, this weizen beer is refreshing good-bye to summertime.  Seven pounds of kiwi per barrel blend perfectly with hints of banana from the yeast.  This will be gone before September ends.  ABV 4.8%, IBU 12

 

St. George Brewing Co.: Honey Meade Lager
Release date: Early September
This wonderfully crafted lager is brewed with a generous amount of honey produced by bees that call The St. George Brewing Co. home. Our very own head brewer, Scott Batten, and apiarist, Andy Westrich, collaborated with the bees to develop a truly unique beer. The result is a crisp clean lager with notes of wildflower honey in the aroma and flavor. ABV: 6.2% IBU: 20

 

O’Connor Brewing Company: Fond De La Mer Belgian Tripel

Release date: September 9 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Inspired by traditional Belgian brewing practices, Fond de la Mer is an homage to our brewing forebears, the Trappist Monks, who in medieval times were the harbingers of brewing knowledge. A simple pale malt backbone presents a banquet worthy of the blessed for our Belgian yeast strain to devour, resulting in a delightfully spicy, fruity, and snappy Belgian-style ale. French for “Bottom of the Sea,” Fond de la Mer is a golden treasure that is sure to please the Gods above as well as the denizens of the deep. Style: Belgian Tripel | ALC. BY VOL: 9% | IBUs: 37 |

 

Pleasure House Brewing:  Lesner Sunset Belgian Pale Ale with Tart Cherries
Release date:  September 9

Our Lesner series celebrates different takes on Belgian Pale Ale.  Lesner Sunset helps us usher in the fall by adding tart cherries at the end of fermentation.  The hint of red in this pale beer brings memories of turning leaves and beautiful sunsets, while the lightly tart finish and hint of cherry make it an easy beer to drink.  ABV 5.5, IBU 16

 

Bold Mariner Brewing Company: Bold Mariner, India Red Ale

Release date: September 10

A red ale with firm maltyness and bursting with tropical fruit hop flavors from the El Dorado hops rounded out by notes caramel, toffee and biscuit. 7.1% ABV 50 IBUs

 

Young Veterans Brewing:  Goat Locker Breakfast Stout

Release date: September 17

Our most coveted beer release of the year, our Goat Locker Breakfast Stout is an Imperial Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Milk Stout. Brewed with finest Ecuadorian Cacao Nibs, and an exclusive coffee blend from Cafe Stella in Norfolk, VA. 11% ABV and 62 IBU

 

Back Bay Brewing Company: Witch of Pungo

Release date: Mid September

She’s the witch that keeps coming back. A deep golden hued pumpkin ale medium body with classic flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. They will carry you through the season it’s a limited release, catch her wile you can.  6.3 ABV  22 IBU
Back Bay Brewing Company: Sherwood’s Revenge 

Release date: Mid to end September

Our imperial variant on The Witch of Pungo, Auburn in color deep pumpkin pie aroma drifting from the glass with a quaffable head. Our homage to Grace Sherwood the last person to be convicted of whichcraft in Virginia. 7.5 ABV 28 IBU

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