Every year since 2009, Foothills Brewery in Winston-Salem, N.C. has released a barrel-aged variant of its extremely popular Sexual Chocolate imperial stout at an event taking place at the brewery in September.
In a sea full of pumpkin beers it is certainly hard to stick out from the crowd. It seems like every brewer does some sort of pumpkin beer come fall and we are currently right in the thick of those beers dropping. With every trend though there are outliers, both the good, the bad and the please don’t ever brew that beer again. Good Gourd by Cigar City brewing is without a doubt in the good category. Originally released in 2009 it was solely available on draft for the first two years of production. Then from 2011-2013 it was made available in 750ml bottles and this past year it was bottled in 22-ounce bottles. Since its initial release Good Gourd has become a highly anticipated seasonal staple.
Funky Buddha Brewery is not afraid to tackle tough beers and it is constantly churning out some of craziest flavor combinations you will find in the craft beer world. Some of the company's most popular beers don't fit the mold—Apple Toffee Double Brown Ale made with apples and caramel, Banana Split Ale with bananas, cherries and vanilla, and one of their most popular, Last Snow which is a coffee porter brewed with coconut, white chocolate and caramel.
A few hours ago I thought it was a perfect time to crack open a bottle of one of the biggest, baddest English barleywines I had in my cellar. Now, close to midnight on a Monday I sit starring at an empty bottle and a sad glass that once held the sweet bourbon-infused nectar that was Mother of all Storms.
In May 2014, the Firestone Walker Brewing Company announced that its Stickee Monkee beer would be returning, this time in bottles. According to a press release, which featured the line, "Hey, Hey it's the Monkee," the name of the beer is a mishmash of the Sticky Monkey flower, which blooms along California's Central Coast, a nod to Belgian monks and fanciful spelling apparently inspired by the pop music group The Monkees.
In 2005 Avery Brewing Co. introduced The Demons of Ale series—a yearly limited production release of three bold brews, each sporting a devilishly high alcohol content of 15-17 percent, giving it a suggested cellarability of over ten years. The three beers are released throughout the year—Samael's Oak-Aged Ale in April, The Beast Grand Cru in August and Mephistopheles Stout in December.
In early 2013, Tulsa, Okla.-based Prairie Artisan Ales released a new beer named Bomb!, an imperial stout blended with espresso beans, chocolate, vanilla beans and ancho chili peppers. While it was not the first beer to gain recognition outside of Oklahoma, Bomb! is considered by many to be the release that put Prairie Artisan Ales on the map and increased the demand for its beers nationally.