National Newswire

Four local spots to tap Founders 10k IPA on IPA Day

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Grand Rapids, Michigan/Dallas, Texas (July 31, 2017): As part of its support of National IPA Day, Founders Brewing is set to unleash a special one-off beer called 10k Imperial IPA (9.2% ABV). This draft-only release will be very limited, with a total of only four kegs slated to be tapped in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

"Like many good things, 10k IPA was the result of a bet," says Tait Lifto, regional market manager for Founders. "Our co-founder offered our brewmaster $10,000 to brew an IPA that got higher ratings than one of the notoriously best IPAs in the world. Our brewmaster claims he never got that $10,000, but the beer world go an incredibly big and bold IPA, exploding with Simcoe hop flavor and just the right amount of malt sweetness. Win-win."

Look for 10 K IPA to be tapped on Thursday, August 3, at the following locations.

  • Kool Keg, Arlington - 12 p.m.
  • The Common Table, Dallas - 6 p.m.
  • Harvest House, Denton - 6 p.m.
  • Taps & Caps, Lewsiville - 6 p.m.

Oskar Blues introducing Fugli Yuzu & Ugli Fruit IPA

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Longmont, Colorado (April 27, 2017): Suggesting the time has come to prep for the arrival of warmer temperatures, Oskar Blues has announced the release of a new summer seasonal.

Fugli Yuzu & Ugli Fruit IPA (5.8% ABV, 60 IBU) is brewed with Mosaic hops and a trifecta of fruits. It consists of an uncommon cross-continental combination of Japanese yuzu, Jamaican ugli fruit, and rangpur, an orange/lemon hybrid grown in Bangladesh.

"Fugli was inspired by a collaboration with Japan's Yo-Ho Brewing Co. that everyone here loved," says Tim Matthews, head of brewing operations at Oskar Blues. "We felt we could take it to another level, so we added more fruits, paired them with zesty mosaic hops, and started messing around with a light malt bill that gives the beer a full mouthfeel."

As for how it all comes together, Fugly is said to be a juicy, fresh and aromatic IPA that's immensely crushable.

"It's crisp and clean, not too bitter, and not too fruity," adds Juice Drapeau, head brewer at the original Lyons brewpub. "The fruits play nice with the hops, and the malt bill lets the citrus flavors pop. It's very drinkable - top of the list for outdoor day drinking."

Look for Fugli Yuzu & Ugli Fruit IPA to be sold on draft and in six-packs of 12-ounce cans. It will be available from May through August.

Founders KBS set for DFW delivery next week

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Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, otherwise known as KBS, is scheduled to arrive at distribution in the coming days, with deliveries to North Texas retailers beginning the week of April 3.

For those unfamiliar (just in case there are any of these types of people), KBS is the second beer in the brewery's Barrel-Aged series. It's commercial description reads as follows:

"Imperial stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolate, then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year to make wonderful bourbon undertones come through in the finish. Your taste buds will squeal with delight."

The beer will be sold on draft, as well as in 12-ounce and 750 mL bottles. Availability, as always, will be extremely limited.

Founders shipping All Day IPA in 19.2-oz cans

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Grand Rapids, Michigan (February 20, 2017): Offering craft beer drinkers more to love, the number one selling session ale in American is now available locally in 19.2-oz cans.

Founders Brewing began shipping All Day IPA in the new format last month, but it is just now set to start appearing on North Texas shelves. Look for these cans to be sold as single-serve units alongside the already obtainable multi-packs of 12-oz cans and 12-oz bottles.

Oskar Blues to debut Hotbox Coffee IPA

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Longmont, Colorado (February 9, 2017): Bringing together a pair of strange bedfellows, Oskar Blues Brewery will release Hotbox Coffee IPA in March.

Hops and coffee are the coupling in question, as Hotbox (7.2% ABV, 70 IBU) will combine the flavors of pine, citrus and mango from the addition of Simcoe hops, with elements of cream, blueberry and cocoa drawn from a cold brew extract of Hotbox Roasters' Ethiopian coffee beans.

"We believe the citrus and fruit aromatics of an IPA, derived from the intense hops, pair well with the fruit of the coffee to produce a great, flavor-packed beer," says head of brewing operations Tim Matthews. "The combination of coffee and hops in Hotbox IPA serve to compliment and reinforce the delicious flavors and aromas both offer in this match up."

Hotbox Coffee IPA replaces GUBNA Imperial IPA as Oskar Blues' spring seasonal. The GUBNA will shift to limited, draft-only status from this point forward. As for Hotbox, look for that beer to be available on tap and in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles from March until May.

Stone expands year-round lineup with Tangerine Express IPA
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Escondido, California (February 1, 2017): Today Stone Brewing Co. announced a new addition to its stable of year-round offerings in the form of Tangerine Express IPA.

In creating this beer, Stone brewers used tangerine puree and whole pineapple to craft what's described as a big, bold IPA. Neither the hops nor the fruit are said to dominate, instead working together to create several complex fruit layers, something which can only be achieved by brewing with the entire fruit. On top of that, Tangerine Express IPA features a mix of eight different hops, giving the beer its marked dankness and refreshing bitterness.

"Tangerine Express is really hoppy, but at the same time it has incredible fruit flavor, which was achieved by using high-quality, whole fruit," says Jeremy Moynier, senior innovation brand manager. "Our co-founder, Greg Koch, was particularly adamant that this beer should be in our year-round lineup and personally championed it through the process. I love that it's a great hoppy beer, but it has just the right amount of fresh fruit with a complex, pithy quality to balance it out."

Look for Stone Tangerine Express IPA to be sold in 22-ounce bottles.