With the last of our 2015 special releases now in the wild and months of experimentation, fine-tuning and grueling tasting panels under our belts, the time has come at last to pull back the curtain on 2016’s impending scheduled bombtasticness. If you were dazzled by the majesty of last year’s offerings you may want to shield your face, because we are about to unleash some Ark-of-the-Convenant-level face-melting up in this piece. Behold, the first six months of libational wizardry in our 22oz special release calendar:
Devil’s Teeth w/ Coffee
Devil’s Teeth is a hybrid of an Old Ale and an Imperial Stout, two English beer styles designed to withstand long voyages and dark winters. It brings rich maltiness & robust roastiness in a thick, tongue-coating, aggressively flavorful package. To this chewy mix of old world beasts, we brought a massive dose of our house roasted Black House Blend coffee, a complimentary mix of blueberry-forward Ethiopian and chocolate-forward Sumatran coffees.
Floating World IPA
Floating World is an IPA prominently featuring incredibly rare & delicious South African hops. After spending two years sourcing the super elusive J-17 & Southern Passion hops for this unique IPA, we couldn’t be more stoked with its profoundly tropical aroma and otherworldly tangerine & kiwi flavors. A bone-dry malt body keeps the focus squarely on these superlative hops and their amazing complex aroma and flavor. For those of you who remember the draft-only version of Floating World we tapped in August, this version will include a bit of Yakima-grown tropical hoppiness as well to up the radness factor.
Hooloomooloo Double IPA
Hooloomooloo is our vehicle for featuring amazing new hop varieties we’ve painstakingly sourced from all over the world. The result is this dry, intensely hoppy double IPA exploding with tropical aroma and flavor. Hooloomooloo is named for a fantasy island populated by exiles in Herman Melville’s first work of fiction, the story of an American who abandons his whaling ship to explore the South Pacific.
Iron Sunrise marries the robust hoppiness of an IPA with the lush, easy drinking qualities of a lager. Featuring a collage of rare and unique hop varieties we sourced while brewing a collaboration beer in New Zealand and on a hop-hunting expedition to Yakima, this beer sports a poppin' aroma and a complex hop flavor layered atop a cracker dry lager body.
Mega Black House
Back for a second year because it was just too damn good not to re-brew. An imperialized version of Black House loaded with our house-roasted, 94-Point Black House Blend coffee (the, ahem, #2 Blend in the World in 2015 according to Coffee Review). Thick, chewy, and bursting with coffee aroma & flavor, Mega Black House is a complex sipper that showcases the brilliant interaction of dark roasted malt and light roasted coffee.
Universal Friend is a Saison brewed with grape must and fermented with our house Lomland yeast blend. This year's version will be brewed with Pinot noir must, a deeply purple version we had on draft in our tasting rooms this summer. Universal Friend is loaded with complex fruit and Belgian yeast character, while remaining crisp and refreshing; it makes a great food beer. The nose is clove, grape, citrus, and a little sweetness that all carry into the flavor.
And there you have it-- part one of our 2016 onslaught of unrelenting extravagance. Stay tuned for the devastatingly tasty agenda for July-December, which will be hitting the blog tomorrow.