As the weather cools for a couple of days, the beer releases are warming up a bit. With SGF Craft Beer Week under our collective belt, we still have some things to look forward to.
Welcome to The Rundown. Each week, we’ll post new beer releases, special editions, and seasonals that you can find here in Springfield. If a beer has not yet been released, we’ll also let you know the release date. Mother’s Brewing Company Tasting Room: Chocolate Thunder – Stout brewed with Askinosie Chocolate. Pulp Fiction – Saison with Blood Oranges Imperial Three Blind Mice – Big brother to three blind mice, this one’s big, bold, and delicious. Grow Cukes not Nukes – Cucumber Saison, cool and refreshing with a hint of black pepper from the yeast. Should be out next week. Love Factory #2 – Not out yet, but you should be thinking about it. Launches on May 17th at the 4th Ever Mother’s Day Festival. Springfield Brewing Company: Hellbender Hellerbock – Pale golden bock beer with a healthy helping of fruity hops. Del Fuego! – An SBC favorite, this stout is dosed with smoked Chipotle Meco, Pasilla, Ancho and De Arbol peppers. Don’t fear the heat, though. It’s well balanced and not too spicy. Quencher in the Rye(PA) – A newer addition to the SBC family, this RyePA is crisp and bright with some peppery notes from the hops and rye. White River Brewing Company: Ole Mill Ale – You can still find this in a few stores around town. It’s big, bold and delicious. A big malt backbone and some warming alcohols make this an ideal companion for sipping next to a fire on a chilly spring evening. Buck Hollow Blond – A Missouri take on a Belgian blonde, this should be hitting stores next week. Once I have a firm date, I’ll let you know. Leaky Roof Meadery: Berry Picker – Four berries in a mead? Yes, please. The sweetness of the mead is well balanced by the tart addition of four berries. A very refreshing change of pace for when you want something completely different. (Available on tap only) Around and about town: Boulevard Grainstorm: A “double black rye IPA”, expect big malt, big hops, and the darkness of a storm at night. Big beer. Tallgrass Brewing: Halcyon and new variety packs hit stores this week. Halcyon is a refreshing wheat beer made from Kansas wheat and a healthy handful of hops. Nice citrusy beer, and it comes in cans for your outdoor adventures. Deschutes: Fresh Squeezed will be back in town this week. It’s an IPA made with citra and mosaic hops, lending bright citrus and tropical fruit in large doses without the addition of actual fruit. Not The Stoic is a Belgian dark strong ale (Read: a quadrupel) from a Deschutes. It releases in town next week, so keep a sharp eye out for it. I’m not sure how much will be around. Abita Andygator Doppelbock – This beer looks pretty intense. It’s a high-gravity beer fermented to a dry finish using German yeast and Liberty hops. It’s a clear straw color with a bit of sweetness, bread, and spice, but it finishes dry. It’s back in stores in SGF and now available in 6 packs. Anchor Brewing Company – The California Lager (Part of their Zymaster Series) is out. It’s a single-hop beer that uses cluster hops “from a long line originally grown in California. They are actually doing a lot of local sourcing, using water from Yosemite, their own California yeast strain, and the Cluster hops. Anchor IPA is also out and about town. It’s a well-balanced IPA with a solid malt backbone and an intense hop bitterness. Other Quick Hits:
- Cathedral Square Belgian White is now available in 6 pack bottles
- Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout (seasonal)
- Stone Sprocket Bier (Black Rye Kolsch)
- Sierra Nevada Hoptimum (limited time)
- Founders All-Day IPA (a personal favorite) is coming in 15 pack cans for the same price as 12.
- Odell Loose Leaf Session Ale (session IPA)