Hardywood Park’s Gingerbread Stout Release Party

Hardywood Park Gingerbread Stout

Hardywood Park’s next batch of Gingerbread Stout will be released on Saturday November 17, 2012. Yes, the same Gingerbread Stout that won a Bronze Medal at the 2012 World Beer Cup and scored a perfect 100/100 from BeerAdvocate.

The release party for the Gingerbread Stout will be something extraordinary, so stay tuned as more details unfold in the next couple of months!

Hardywood Park’s Virginia Strawberry

Hardywood Park has been working on their newest Reserve Series; a Belgian Witbier with strawberries. However, this is no ordinary Witbier. A typical Witbier is spiced with coriander, orange peels, and other spices. Hardywood decided to focus more on the strawberry taste, so they brewed a Witbier without any spices. Adding strawberries to secondary fermentation to get that added taste seems like an easy step right? Wrong. Be sure to read more to find out the hard work the staff of Hardywood Park and the craft beer lovers of Richmond, Virginia did to make Virginia Strawberry happen. Continue reading

Hardywood Park Releases Their Bourbon Cru

You have probably noticed I have been writing a lot about Hardywood Park Craft Brewery recently. Well the reason is simple enough; they brew phenomenal beer and are located about 1 mile from where I live so I’m helping out there as much as I can. Last week they received two brand new 80-barrel fermentation tanks which doubled their capacity. Hopefully with these new tanks they will be able to start keeping up with the demand of the Richmond area (they were running at capacity two months after they opened).

*80 Barrel Fermentation Tanks

New tanks. Photo courtesy of Brad Cooper, Assistant Brewer at Hardywood

Continue reading to learn about their newest Barrel Series release.

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Hardywood’s Hoplar Imperial IPA

Hardywood Park Hoplar IPA
Richmond’s Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is releasing their Spring Reserve Series beer; an Imperial IPA conditioned with Virginia Tulip Poplar Wood. Seeing as IPAs are up there on my favorite type of beers list, I’m extremely excited to get a taste of this. Check out the info here:
Beer style: Dry-Hopped Imperial IPA Conditioned on Virginia Tulip Poplar Wood
Strength (ABV): 8.5 % ABV
Color (SRM): 12 °L
Bitterness (IBU): 100 IBUs
Availability: Early spring

Dogfish Head Urkontinent to be Released Mid-April

Urkontinent Label

As we previously mentioned to our faithful readers, Dogfish Head Urkontinent was being tentatively bottled at the time. However, it seems to be that Urkontinent will be released sometime mid-April in 750ml champagne bottles and limited draft release.

This is what Sam Calagione says the 8.1% ABV Belgian Dubbel “…a valentine to boot-strapping creative entrepreneurs in all kinds of industries all over the world.

Here is a breakdown from Beer Street Journal about what each of the ingredients add to Urkontinent:

  • Wattleseed from Australia imparts chocolate, coffee and hazelnut notes to the beer. Toasted amaranth from South America gives it an earthy, grainy flavor and a little additional roast flavor.
  • Green rooibos from Africa contributes a floral aroma and slight astringency.
  • Myrica gale from Europe supplements the bitterness from minimal hopping.
  • Hiveplex Honey from California adds a subtle sweetness while maintaining the dry finish.

Bell’s Oberon Released Today!

Today is the day that Bell’s Oberon is released. This wheat ale is a favorite beer throughout the craft beer community, and is definitely great for this exceptionally warm weather we’ve been having recently. Check out the Bell’s Brewery event calendar to see if there are any Bell’s Oberon events happening near you!

Sierra Nevada’s Hoptimum is Coming

Sierra Nevada’s Hoptimum is ready to be shipped from Chico, California. This whole cone hop Imperial IPA was first released last year, and was met with great praise from the craft beer world. Unfortunately, I was unable to snag some last year but I’m hoping to get my hands on a 4-pack this year. With Sierra Nevada setting up shop in North Carolina in the near future, I’m excited to see what this will do to bringing more of their limited release beers to this region of the US.

Hoptimum Bottles Ready to be Packaged

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Bitter – German Magnum. Aroma/Dry – Simcoe & new secret strain.
Malts: 2 Row Pale, Golden Promise, Munich & Wheat
Yeast: Ale

Hoptimum will be a limited release and available in 12oz bottles and on draft.

From Beer Street Journal.