Alaskan Brewing Co.'s Heritage Coffee Brown is the newest release in the Juneau, Alaska-based brewery's series, which was started to showcase "the boundless creativity of the Alaskan Brew Crew through a rotating collection of big, bold and distinctive brews packaged in 22oz bottles."
Russian River Brewing Co. was started, in 1997, by the Korbel Champagne Co.. They hired Vinnie Cilurzo as brewmaster and when Korbel decided brewing beer wasn’t for them anymore Vinnie and his wife, Natalie, bought the brewery. That was in 2002. Russian River now consists of a 20-barrel brewpub and a 50-barrel production brewhouse located in Santa Rosa, Calif.. That 50-barrel brewhouse was updated earlier in 2015 with new equipment. Not bigger equipment, just newer equipment, so don’t expect to start seeing Russian River beers pop up in new markets.
The brainchild of head brewer and owner Dan Carey, Enigma was originally brewed in 2003, but was first bottled and released in 2006 as part of the Thumbprint Series of beers at New Glarus. The Thumbprint Series, according to Carey, “…are still brewed with the beer enthusiast in mind. Thumbprint beers are brewed in small batches that are intended to be available for one time only. However, popular demand has caused some styles to return. This is my own thumbprint, to let everyone know this is a real New Glarus handcrafted beer! Cheers.”
Lest PETA become concerned, despite the name and brand imagery the Stone Brewing Company makes it clear on the label that their new Imperial Mutt Brown Ale "does not actually contain any dogs." The mutt moniker does fit, though, considering the beer is a mash up of two distinctly different styles. It may bear the name of one and not the other, but this brew brings together elements of a classic English brown and a German-style altbier.