There are a few beers that have gained enough national attention to warrant full day events centered around their release, and arguably the most anticipated is 3 Floyds Brewing Co.'s Dark Lord Day. Held in Munster, Ind. every April since 2004, the event draws people from all over the world, and tickets sell out in a matter of minutes online.
A September, 2014, blog post on its website brought the news that Tulsa, Okla.-based Prairie Artisan Ales would release a second batch of Pirate Bomb! The beer, a rendition of their immensely popular Bomb! aged on rum casks, was originally unveiled in October 2013 in the form of 12-ounce wax-dipped bottles.
In this day and age, if a brewery produces an imperial stout it's a virtual given that it will release a barrel-aged version of that beer at some point in the future. Some breweries choose barrels from a favored vintner or distiller and apply a single barrel treatment to their beer roughly once a year. Others vary their suppliers, effectively creating a new beer for consumers whether it be an annual release or part of a running line of limited edition brews. In the case of the FiftyFifty Brewing Co., they've made a yearly event out of aging their popular Imperial Eclipse Stout in multiple barrels for a simultaneous release in 22-ounce bottles.
I grew up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. One of the most memorable parts of the show, besides how insanely badass Picard wasm was the whiny, annoying character Wil Wheaton played, boy-man Wesley Crusher. No matter the situation they would find themselves in, his character would find a way to make it more annoying, to the point where I would turn the episodes that featured him off rather than be forced to endure them.
While you should always take online ratings with a grain of salt, there are times when the prevailing opinions about a beer you've just had simply cannot be ignored. Take the 2013 Proprietor's Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island for instance. For a time, prior to being labeled as "retired," the beer was listed among the upper echelon on the Beer Advocate list of the Top 250 beers. In fact, users of the site had it ranked as the third or fourth best beer in the world. Is it really that good? At least for the moment, let's pretend we've given the Magic 8-Ball a shake and been met with the answer of "ask again later."
Dallas, Texas-based Lakewood Brewing Co.'s Temptress milk stout has become a local favorite for its combination of consistency, great flavor and affordable price. Starting in early 2013, Lakewood decided to release its Seduction Series, which are variations of the Temptress milk stout that use different adjuncts to enhance the flavors of the base beer.