The folks over at Troegs have been known for the detail they put into designing their beer and brewery–their gorgeous modern tasting room and snack bar, the self-guided and guided tours, slick, minimalistic labels… so it’s no surprise that they would come up with such a beautiful way to wood age beer. Their new Splinter Cellar is a testament to the art and science of brewing. Three 21-foot-tall foeders, like ancient trees, stand in a high-windowed corner where guided tours meet. Each of these magnificent giants was made by Giobatta & Piero Garbellotto, 200-year-old Italian barrel manufacturers, and holds 9,300 gallons. The wood–a mix of Italian, French and Hungarian oak–imbues notes of vanilla and coconut onto the beers inside.
And just above the cellar is the new Troegs art gallery, featuring pieces from Art of Troegs contests and commissioned work from artists up and down the East Coast.
Watch this video of the Splinter Cellar construction now to see all the love that went into it.
Living in this area, you’d be hard pressed to find a beer-lover who doesn’t have a story involving Golden Monkey. The tripel has become synonymous with wild tales and freed inhibitions, so it stands to reason that a collection of stories surrounding the beer would be quite entertaining.
If you need a new audience for your favorite Golden Monkey escapade, the folks at Victory are eager to hear it. Submit your story with a photo or video to RepsectTheMonkey.com for your chance to win exclusive Golden Monkey prizes. Submissions will be accepted until midnight, October 10th, after which judges will pick five video and five photo finalists. Then starting October 15th, fan voting will determine the final winners, which will be announced on the 29th. Finalists will receive a Victory t-shirt and a small swag item, while two grand prize winners will get a Golden Monkey prize package with signed memorabilia.
So tell you story and don’t worry if the monkey speaks.
To enter, click here, and for more information on the contest, click here.
The folks at Devil’s Backbone are much like a big family. So, to celebrate that familial feeling, they split into 12 brewer-lead groups to create difference beers together. At the end of all this, the brewers chose five of these to include in this very special variety pack, as well as the staple Vienna Lager.
Vienna Lager – This amber beer has a slight sweet caramel tone with warm toastiness and some biscuit aroma. 5.2% ABV
Tropical Thunder – A kristalweizen made with pineapple juice, this beer holds banana and spice elements with a bittering finish. 5.3% ABV
Apple-achian Pie Stout – Spicy and full of baked apple and browned sugar flavors, this one has a great silkiness to its mouthfeel. 8% ABV
Hot Shot IPA – Jalapeños are the surprise ingredient in this well-blanced IPA, with grapefruit and herbal notes played against the spiciness of the peppers. 6.2% ABV
Ale of Two Cities - On a base of toasted malt, citric fruitiness sits, finishing with a dry, bittering hoppiness. 4.7% ABV
Space Fruit Pale Ale - Tropical fruit, apricot, and floral notes dominate this flavor profile, with a nice malty backbone and bitter finish. 4.6% ABV
To celebrate 25 years of brewing, New Belgium has put together a one-of-a-kind collaboration mix-pack that features its flagship beer and all the different ways it could be tweaked to make a new brew. With the help from their friends from five different breweries, they’ve come up with five new beers that show us just how far craft brewing has come in all those years. And alongside all those new collaborations in this 12-pack is the inspirational beer itself, Fat Tire.
Allagash Fat Funk Ale – This heavily Belgian-inspired beer is all funk, spice and fruity yeast flavors. 5.6% ABV
Avery Fat Wild Ale – Wild yeast brings out tropical fruit in this ale, with a great malt backbone and good hop aroma. 6.2% ABV
Hopsworks Fat Sour Apple Ale – Juicy tartness is imparted by apple juice, which fades well into a nice maltiness. 5.9% ABV
Firestone Walker Fat Hoppy Ale – Tropical and herbal hops play over a caramel-y base. 6% ABV
Rhinegeist Fat Pale Ale – Citrus and floral hops add novelty to the base beer. 6% ABV
If you’re looking for a chance to try these collaboration beers, there are a number of retailers who have the 12-packs available, as well as drafts available at some bars, including a few New Belgium events.
The beginning of summer promises the beginning of adventure; walking the streets of an unfamiliar city, floating down a lazy river, scaling that mountain you’ve only seen from a distance. And Troegs wants to celebrate that spirit. From now through mid-August, they’ll be picking out their favorite #troegsway summer photos each week, and the winners will score a carefully curated prize pack, full of summer necessities like beach towels, sunglasses, bandanas and more.
Simply tag your photo–be it sunny beach selfie, perfect backyard BBQ or campsite snapshot–with #troegsway on Instagram and you could be a winner. If you need inspiration, take a look at what’s been posted already. And don’t wait until summer is almost over. Grab some Troegs cans and some friends, and boldly venture out to your next great feat.
There’s no doubt that watermelon and lime are key summer flavors, and this ale boldly smacks of these flavors. A sturdy malt base carries the sweet melon flavor and the tartness of lime and dryness of light, grassy hops finish it out smooth and clean. A great companion for your backyard BBQ or a picnic by the lake. 5% ABV
You’ve probably noticed it. A definite trend in the India Pale Ale scene that is only gaining speed as summer comes around the bend. Fruit has entered the playing field in a huge way in the last few years–though the concept of brewing the style with fruit is certainly older than that–and it seems like every brewery is coming out with their own rendition of the Fruit IPA. Old favorites are getting a new twist and new brews are being born with fruitiness as their sole intention. The trend isn’t exactly surprising. American hop varieties have been moving to more juicy citrus and pithy flavors and many breweries have been recreating fruit flavors with a blend of hops and malt, so the craft beer drinker’s palate has been ready for this move for awhile. It was only a matter of time before the idea of adding real fruit really took off, and it’s likely a style that will be around for awhile.
New Belgium Citradelic – Bright citra hops and tangerine peel work as a power duo in this brew for an overall flavor that is both smooth and packs a juicy aroma. 6% ABV
Magic Hat Electric Peel – The zest and flesh of grapefruit dominate the palate in this crisp ale. It’s almost easy to mistake it for a glass of juice. 6% ABV
Evolution Pine’Hop’le – A complex hop aroma carries hints of mango, citrus and melon, but the taste is unmistakably pineapple and well-balanced between sweet and bitter. 6.8% ABV
Starr Hill The Hook – A crisp and refreshing grapefruit ale that is sessionable, so you don’t have to worry about going back for another. 4.9% ABV
Dominion GPA – This one sets itself apart by including zest in its brewing process, creating a more subtle grapefruit flavor amidst hoppiness. 6% ABV
Uinta Hop Nosh Tangerine – A fresh splash of tangerine flavor in every mouthful, this is a brilliant twist on what is already a classic brew. 7.3% ABV
Originating in Goslar, Germany in the 16th century, this wheat beer combines fruity sourness, herbal qualities, subtle spiciness and slight salinity for a complex flavor profile. The low hop character sets it apart from many big styles on the market today, but classifying it simply as another sour beer does a disservice to its other characteristics. It also doesn’t usually carry the high ABV associated with other sours. This is a style that wasn’t huge in the American market until recently, but it’s been gaining steam in the last few years as craft brewers expand their repertoire. It’s found a foothold in several breweries and will likely be expanding more before too long.
If you’d like to try this newly re-emerging style, we have a few recommendations for where to start.
Victory Kirsch Gose – A rich, bubbly texture and sweet, bright fresh cherry flavor cover this beer. A soft tartness and slight salinity create a clean taste that goes well over the wheat-y malt base. Plus, it’s sessionable at 4.7% ABV.
Long Trail Cranberry Gose – Cranberries, coriander and a dash of salt are all added to this unique brew to come out with a distinct tartness that only the fruit can deliver. However, the effervescence, like said tartness, is not overdone, and this remains and easy drinker. 5.2% ABV
Uinta Ready Set Gose – This one is on the straight and narrow, a good example of the style that allows the wheat malt and yeast combo to show its lemony zing and zesty coriander character. Clean, dry and light. 4% ABV
Brighten up your taste buds and get ready for summer with Victory’s Cage Radler, a refreshing treat for warm weather. The lemon flavor pops in this German-inspired brew, with fresh-cut citrus on the nose and sweet lemonade on the tongue. A bit of graininess reminds you that you’re still drinking beer, but doesn’t take away from the bright nature of this brew. Perfect as you’re go-to after some intense biking, or just some intense lawn work. 2.75% ABV
If you’re an IPA lover, you’ve got to try these. This hoppy series starts with a base brew and expands from there with three additional varieties. King of Hop is numero uno, a imperial IPA that’s dry-hopped to showcase the citrus notes of Pacific Northwest hops. After that, you’ve got the same brew, but with a hint of Grapefruit added to fully accentuate the bitterness. Next up is the Lemon-Lime, packed full of real zest flavor that further highlights citric flavors. And last, Habanero is added to the fourth brew, giving it a pleasant heat and pulling out flavors in the pepper than go unnoticed in other foods.
Look forward to these 10 special draft events in the coming weeks:
Thursday, April 7
Thursday, April 28
CJ’s Dog House
The Barley Mow
Saturday, May 7
Wednesday, May 11
Garret Hill Ale House
Thursday, May 12
Friday, May 13
Craft Beer Store
Wednesday, May 25
Dog and Bull