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Review: Schlafly Coconut Crème Ale

Schlafly Coconut Crème Ale was introduced in April 2017.  It is crafted in St Louis Missouri at the St Louis Brewery.  The St Louis Brewery was built in the former Swift Printing Company Building in 1991.  Coconut Creme Ale is one of eight Seasonal Beers they create.  They also bottle 6 year round and 7 special release beers.  All told they brew over 50 beer styles each year.  About half of them are only available on draft.  Schlafly Coconut Crème Ale is made with Europils Malt, Unmalted Wheat, Flaked Corn, Flaked Oats, and Magnum PL Hops.  It is fermented with coconut puree and pineapples and aged on lightly toasted coconut flakes. Read more »


Review: Shock Top Ruby Fresh

Shock Top Ruby Fresh was introduced February 2017.  It is a spring seasonal beer that is sold in six packs and The Shock Top 12 bottle Spring variety pack that also includes three bottle each of Lemon Shandy, Holy Citrus, and their original Belgian White.  This is a refresh from last years Shock Top Summer Grapefruit.  The Original Shock top was brewed in Ft Collins Colorado and released 2006 under the name Spring Heat Spiced Wheat.  Shock Top Ruby Fresh is a Belgian style wheat ale brewed with citrus peels and coriander with natural grapefruit and orange flavors. Read more »


Review: Lost Coast Watermelon Wheat Ale

Lost Coast Watermelon Wheat Ale is one of 11 year round and seasonal beers currently crafted in Eureka California at the Lost Coast Brewery.  The Lost Coast Brewery was founded by Barbara Groom in 1990, and was first produced in a 100 year old building purchased from the Fraternal Order of the Knights of Pythias in downtown Eureka.  Their beers are now brewed in a state of the art brewery they opened August 20, 2014 just south of Eureka.  No longer a small brewer, this facility bottles up to 135,000 bottles and 1000 kegs each day.  Lost Coast Watermelon Wheat is an unfiltered wheat beer brewed with wheat and crystal malts with natural watermelon essence. Read more »


Review: Phoenix Ale Watermelon Ale

Phoenix Ale Watermelon Ale is one of six beers crafted at the Phoenix Ale Brewery.  George Hancock and Greg Fretz opened the brewery in an old empty warehouse just north of Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix Arizona June 2011.  Phoenix Ale Watermelon Ale, is an unfiltered wheat ale infused with watermelon flavors added during conditioning in order to give a refreshing watermelon finish.  It is sold in 6 packs of cans and bottles, and is also available on draft. Read more »


Review: New Belgium Juicy Watermelon

New Belgium Juicy Watermelon is a special release watermelon lime ale that was recently introduced.  It replaces Heavy Melon, last years seasonal watermelon flavored ale.  While both are made with watermelon and lime zest, they are made with a different recipe.  Last summer was the breakthrough year for watermelon ale as so many brewers released their own watermelon ale, it became the Spring/Summer version on Pumpkin Ale.  New Belgium is crafted with ale yeast, nugget hops, pale and caramel-80 malts, watermelon, and lime peel. Read more »


Review: Leinenkugels Watermelon Shandy

Leinenkugels Watermelon Shandy was introduced in 2016.  It is one of four shandy flavors they currently produce in Chippewa Falls and Milwaukee Wisconsin.  The other flavors include their original lemon flavored Summer Shandy, Grapefruit Shandy, and Harvest Patch a pumpkin spice shandy.  At one time they also produced an Orange and a Cranberry Ginger Shandy.  Like their other shandy flavors, Watermelon starts with a Weiss beer base brewed with honey and made with Pale and Wheat malts and Cluster Hops.  Natural watermelon and other flavors are added.  Leinenkugels Watermelon Shandy is available from March-August, or while supply lasts. Read more »


Review: Over the Barrel Apple Ale

Over the Barrel Apple Ale was released September 2016.  It joins five Over the Barrel Hard Soda flavors created by the Rhinelander Brewing Company.  The Rhinelander Brewery opened in Rhinelander Wisconsin in 1845 and closed in 1967.  Their beer continues to be contract brewed in Monroe Wisconsin.  Very little information is available about this ale even four months after its release.  The Rhinelander Brewing Company website has no information at all.  The 11.16 Oz. bottle describes this as a malt beverage specialty ale with natural flavors including cane sugar and caramel color added.  I stumbled across this ale, probably a bad description coming from someone reviewing alcohol, in Dubuque Iowa.  Read more »


Review: Not Your Moms Apple Pie

Not Your Moms Apple Pie is one of two pie flavored beers the Small Town Brewery just released for sale in 6 packs of 12 ounce bottles.  While their other pie flavor, Strawberry Rhubarb, may be more original, apple has been a very popular flavor in the world of spirits and beers for several years.  Apple Pie as a specific apple flavor is also getting very popular.  Apple Pie is the best selling moonshine flavor.  Diageo created Pie Face Apple Pie flavored Whiskey.  Sprecher even makes an Apple Pie flavored beer.  Not Your Moms Apple Pie is brewed with Madagascar Vanilla and cinnamon with apple juice and other natural and artificial flavors.  Caramel color is added before bottling. Read more »


Review: Not Your Moms Strawberry Rhubarb

Not Your Moms Strawberry Rhubarb is one of two beers just released in 6 packs of 12 ounce bottles by The Small Town Brewery.  The other one is Not Your Moms Apple Pie.  Both of these pie themed beers have been available on draft since 2015 at The Small Town Brewery in Wauconda Illinois.  As the name would imply they are crafted at the same brewery that created Not Your Fathers Root Beer.  The original NYM’s Strawberry Rhubarb was brewed with Madagascar Vanilla, cinnamon, and real strawberry and rhubarb juice.  The color came from fruit and vegetable juice.  Not Your Moms Strawberry Rhubarb is now contract brewed in Lacrosse Wisconsin and the bottles label only claims to be brewed with spices and other natural flavors with artificial color added. Read more »


Review: New Belgium Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale

chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-aleChocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale was recently released.  It is a collaboration between New Belgium Brewery and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream.  This is a Special Release Ale that is a follow-up to last years Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale.  A portion of the proceeds, $50,000, goes to Protect our Winters, a nonprofit organization that works to fight climate change.  In crafting this ale they whipped heavy doses of chocolate, brown sugar, and vanilla into a dough hued blonde ale base.  Read more »