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Ever go to a restaurant with over 100 beers on tap -- or a liquor store with a craft selection two miles deep -- and stand there, frozen, in awe of the bounty before you? That’s kind of how we feel about beer news, too. Every day we’re awash in fascinating stories about everything from beer releases, to interesting brewers, to the openings of new tasting rooms -- and we can’t possibly cover them all.
So to help you (and us!) catch up on all that’s going on, we’ve decided to round up this past month’s 10 biggest beer news stories from some of our favorite publications, and deliver them all to you right here. Here’s what the beer world can’t shut up about right now:
The OG beer mag Draft shared the news that San Diego, CA’s AleSmith Brewing Company teamed up with the legendary SoCal band to brew the Sublime Mexican Lager in six-packs and limited edition 40s (they had to!) this coming June.
The good folks at BeerPulse let us know that Avery Brewing, one of Colorado’s finest breweries (in a state full of fine breweries), is rolling out its bourbon-barrel Coconut Porter nationally. I was lucky enough to drink a bottle paired with some coconut cream pie a few weeks back, and it was a singular joy.
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BeerPulse also reported that Founders Brewing Co.'s legendary Kentucky Bourbon Stout hit shelves in early April. Rumor has it t this year’s version is exceptional, so if you have a friend who snagged a bottle, it might be time to tell them you’re coming over.
Big month for Founders! Beer Street Journal says that a dry-hopped, bourbon-barrel aged malt liquor is coming your way in July. Suffice it to say it’ll be different from anything you’ve ever drunk from a paper bag. No word yet on what the ABV will be, but we’re guessing it’ll be somewhere between 10 and 100%.
Brewbound brings the news that the proprietor of this very website (The High End, a division of Anheuser-Busch), is launching the Latin-inspired craft beer brand Veza Sur, which will only be available in Miami. Fingers crossed that they release a Cuban coffee beer to rival Cigar City Brewing’s Cubano Espresso...
Draft gives details on the new guidelines set by the craft beer industry’s trade group, the Brewers Association, that discourage breweries from sexist, lewd, or demeaning brand names.
If hazy beers are your thing, this news from The Full Pint should put a spring in your step: Fort Collins, CO, brewer New Belgium Brewing Co. is putting out an unfiltered wheat IPA with loads of tropical flavors in 22 ounce bottles this spring (and on tap). It’s a limited release though, so get it while it’s...cold. Hot beer is kind of gross.
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You might wonder what the heck breweries from Placentia, CA (The Bruery), and Oakland Park, FL (Funky Buddha Brewery), know about snow. As my pal Reid Ramsey at Beer Street Journal reported, the two breweries teamed up for a beer with flavors you’re more likely to find in a snow cone, like guava, dragonfruit, and coconut. Hey Reid, promise you’ll share some with me if you get a hold of a bottle when it comes out in August?
When the Atlanta Braves’ new stadium opened for business in mid-April, Terrapin Beer Co. hit an inside-the-park homerun: a five barrel pilot system that resides at its new BrewLab. And Beer Street Journal says one of those tap-only beers it’s releasing is a drinkable, 5% ABV IPA called Chopsecutioner (a variant of this beer). It’s built to be sipped outdoors all summer long, which is convenient, because most baseball is played outside.
Deschutes has had a huge influence on the Pacific Northwest craft scene since the late 1980s. Now, according to The Full Pint, the Bend, OR, brewery is expanding to the east coast with a production facility and tasting room -- featuring 15 Deschutes taps -- in Roanoke, VA, late this summer. Is Virginia the new Asheville?!