Here’s Part 2 of my look ahead of the year-in-beer in 2012. This week, I’m featuring breweries from all around the United States. Let me tell you, better beer fans are in for a treat. Here are some beers to look forward to, sorted alphabetically by the brewery.
Here’s Part 2 of my look ahead of the year-in-beer in 2012.
This week, I’m featuring breweries from all around the United States. Let me tell you, better beer fans are in for a treat.
Here are some beers to look forward to, sorted alphabetically by the brewery.
First up is Brewery Ommegang from New York. It has just released a limited-edition beer, the Ommegang Seduction, a 6.8-percent alcohol by volume Belgian-style ale, brewed with chocolate and kriek, a style of Belgian beer made by fermenting lambic with sour cherries. It will be available for about three months.
In March, the brewery is planning to release the Art of Darkness (although the name may change). It will be a strong, dark abbey-style ale brewed with multiple grains and oats. Gnomegang, which was originally scheduled to be a one-time release last year, is returning for another three-month run. At least two other beers that have not been determined will also be released this year.
The Brooklyn Brewery, also from New York, has some big plans this year. The amazing Sorachi Ace, a saison brewed with Sorachi Ace hops, will be available on draft for the first time. Previously, it was only available in bottles.
Also, Brooklyn plans to release Mary’s Maple Porter, part of the Brewmaster’s Reserve series. This will be a draft-only beer. Another draft-only beer will be Radius, a Belgian-inspired, low-alcohol beer.
For those who enjoy craft beer in a can, Brooklyn will be putting its East India Pale Ale in 12-ounce cans for the first time.
My prediction is The Bruery from California will be the hot brewery of 2012. The reason: It is releasing some of its barrel-aged beers in national distribution for the first time. These are highly sought-after beers that more people will have access to for the first time.
The beers include Oude Tart, a tart Flemish-style red ale aged in red wine barrels; Melange No. 3, a blend of three bourbon barrel-aged strong ales that comes in at a huge 15.5 percent ABV; White Oak, which is a blend of wheat wine aged in bourbon barrels and the Bruery’s Mischief.
Other Bruery beers will be the 100 percent Barrel Aged Fruits, which will be the fourth anniversary ale and comes in at a hefty 17 percent ABV; Smoking Wood, a porter made with beachwood and cherrywood smoked malt aged in rye whiskey barrels; and Tart of Darkness, a tart stout.
Dark Horse Brewing Company from Michigan will be bringing back its Thirsty Trout Porter and will debut its Kamita Kolsch, which it is calling a “Polish-style Kolsch.” At the Extreme Beer Fest in Boston in February, it will debut Monster 29, a barleywine brewed in memory of the sailors who died in the Edmund Fitzgerald wreck.
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery from Delaware has made a change to its lineup, making Burton Baton, which was previously an occasional release, into a year-round beer. It will also release a beer only known as “Brand X” some time this year. The style and when it will be released is not known.
Founders Brewing Company in Michigan will release its first new year-round beer in six years, the All Day IPA, which is a 4.7-percent-ABV India pale ale.
Colorado’s Great Divide Brewing Company has released its Bohemian pilsner called Nomad, and it will debut a new but still unnamed doppelbock in June.
Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Company from Maine is renaming its 21 IPA to Maine’s Best IPA. The beer originally was released as an anniversary beer in 2009, but it became so popular, the brewery decided to keep it as a full-time beer.
The Shipyard Brewing Company, also of Maine, will debut at least two new beers this year. Information is scarce, except the names — Monkey Fist IPA (best beer name I’ve heard in awhile) and the Chocolate Mint Stout, which will be part of the Pugsley’s Signature Series.
Shmaltz Brewing Company of New York and San Francisco has new recipes for two of its beers: the Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale and the Messiah Nut Brown Ale. It will also brew a brand-new IPA called Hop Manna, which is the fourth test batch in the brewery’s IPA Project.
The Smuttynose Brewing Company of New Hampshire is making some changes to its Big Beer Series. The Scotch Ale will make a return to the lineup after a four-year hiatus. And, the Belgian Stout will be part of the Big Beer Series, replacing the Imperial Stout this year.
In addition, the Big A IPA will no longer be brewed year-round. Instead, the brewery will rotate three different four-pack beers throughout the year. They will be the Vunderbar Pils (April to July), Big A (August to November) and the Black IPA (December to March).
The Stone Brewing Company from California will have at least two new releases this year. The first will be the Anniversary Ale, which will be released on Aug. 13. The second is scheduled to be the final Vertical Epic beer, the Vertical Epic 12.12.12. It is scheduled to be released on Dec. 10, 2012. Information about the styles has not been released.
Wow. I’m thirsty after writing about all those beers.
Norman Miller is a Daily News staff writer. For questions, comments, suggestions or recommendations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-626-3823. Check out The Beer Nut blog at http://blogs.wickedlocal.com/beernut/.