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Beer News at TheBeerSpot - December 2011 Archives

Lagunitas 2012 Seasonal Release Schedule
Posted Friday, December 30th, 2011 by James Kitchens

(Petaluma, CA) - Lagunitas has a handy-dandy little chart detailing their 2012 seasonal release schedule. It's posted below, but it came out too fuzzy. HERE is a link to the original information on the Lagunitas website. From the chart, it looks like their Imperial RED is the first release in Late January.

From the Lagunitas website:

lagunitas 2012

Link to releases on Lagunitas website

Tagged: Lagunitas Brewing Company


Short's Publican Porter Returns
Posted Friday, December 30th, 2011 by James Kitchens

(Bellaire, MI) - Short's Brewing has details about the reutrn of their Publican Porter. This is the first time they've brewwed this beer since 2007. This one should be available now in 12oz bottles. More details below...

From the Short's website:

Publican Porter: Another Imperial Series Classic Returns

We’re pleased to announce the 12 oz. bottle release of yet another beer from our 2007 Imperial Beer Series: Publican Porter. Defined as an imperial London porter, Publican Porter contains only traditional brewing ingredients. Though many beers from the Imperial Series showcased non-traditional brewing ingredients, Joe wanted to make this beer a tribute to the fact that the porter style was once the most widely consumed beer in the world.

Publican Porter was the first beer brewed for the Imperial Beer Series. Joe’s brew log reveals that it was originally brewed on June 6, 2006 and was only the 194th batch of beer brewed at Short’s. To put that in perspective, we’ve now brewed almost 1,000 batches of Huma Lupa Licious at our Elk Rapids production brewery.

Publican Porter was bottled on February 5, 2007. This seven month conditioning period was due, in part, to the fact that Short’s did not yet have enough staff members to dedicate to the arduous task of hand-bottling beer. Fortunately, Tony Hansen was hired in February of 2007 as Joe’s brewer assistant. Together, Joe, Tony and Steve “Steve-O” Ison (former Cellarman, current keg line operator) hand-bottled the entire Imperial Series. This task required many late nights and early mornings, but gave Tony (now our Head Brewer) and Steve a chance to prove themselves and grow into roles of increasing responsibility at Short’s.

The original artwork for Publican Porter was done by our long time label artist and friend, Fritz Hortsman, one of four artist’s used forthis series. Each beer had a personalized hang tag that included facts about the beer and where it fit in with the rest of the series. All of these cards included a narrative from Joe about why he felt compelled to create each beer, and were all individually numbered and signed by him. Joe’s narrative for Publican Porter stated:

This beer was inspired largely by its historical value and is development as a beer style. As much as I have gathered, porter was becoming a recognized beer style around the 1700’s. It is said to be an evolved product of brown ales being produced in London during that time. I also understand that the dried brown and roasted malts of that era contributed to its dark color. Among my portfolio of beers I craft for SBC, I had not brewed a true porter until this imperial version. I named it the Publican Porter after the owners of “public houses” which were licensed to sell ale to common “port men” of the time. I have read several different versions about porter and where its name came from. Imagining a port side tavern and a publican mixing stale and mild beer together for the port men and calling it “porter” will always be how I pictured the birth of porter. That’s the concept I bounced off of Fritz, and he furnished a most appropriate masterpiece for the label work. While brewing this beer, I imagined a rich hearty drink fit for a meal, much like the earlier porters that sustained our forefathers. Rejoice with porter and bask in its rich flavor. Savor its historical integrity.

We hope that you are able to once again “rejoice with porter and bask in its rich flavor.” Cheers!

- Jon “Woj” Wojtowicz, Short’s Beer Liberator

Link to information on Short's website

Tagged: Short's Brewing Company, Publican Porter (Imperial London Porter)


Oakshire's Off-Piste Pale Ale
Posted Friday, December 30th, 2011 by James Kitchens

(Eugene, OR) - Oakshire has some details about the last of the 2011 releases for their Single Batch Series. This one is called Off-Piste Pale Ale. The name is a skiing term (a marked run down the mountain). The beer is a Pacific Northwest Style Pale Ale. More details are below....

From the Oakshire Brewing blog:

Off Piste Pale Ale at Oakshire

As the brewers at Oakshire get ready for 2012 they have released one last single batch beer to finish off the year.  On a quick side note our single batch beer total for 2011 is in excess of 40 different beers made under the Single Batch Label.  Nice work Matt, Joe J, Dana, Terry and Joe G!

Off Piste Pale ale is named for one of our favorite pastimes, Pacific Northwest snow skiing.  Now if only the weather would honor our desires and give us some snow!!  Piste is a marked trail or ski run down a mountain.   Off Piste skiing, back country skiing or off trail skiing all describe the act of intentionally choosing to follow your favorite snow line down a slope.  At 5.5% ABV with the crisp clean flavor of a Pacific Northwest Style Pale Ale this beer will be a great companion after a day of skiing. Flavored with Zythos, Centennial, Cascade, and Nugget hops, this beer is sure to appeal to everyone enjoying the beautiful place that we live!   Have a happy New Year from everyone at Oakshire Brewing.

Link to Oakshire blog post

Tagged: Oakshire Brewing


Funkwerks Aurora Release
Posted Friday, December 30th, 2011 by James Kitchens

(Fort Collins, CO) - Funkwerks has a Facebook update telling us a little about their Aurora Belgian Style Ale. First, the release is scheduled for "the 2nd week of January". Second, they have a shot of the label also. More below...

From the Funkwerks Facebook post:

Also, here’s a sneak peak at our label for Aurora, due to be released the 2nd week of January:














Link to Funkwerks Facebook post

Tagged: Funkwerks Brewing Company


Tröegs Scratch Beer #56
Posted Friday, December 30th, 2011 by James Kitchens

(Harrisburg, PA) - Tröegs has a Facebook post updating us on their Scratch Beer #56. This one is a Single Hop Pale Ale with Simcoe hops. It was just released on draft at their tasting room. More details below...

From the Tröegs Facebook post:

scratch 56Scratch #56, Single Hop Pale Ale 1 just released on tap in the tasting room.


OG: 14.2
ABV: 6.4%
IBUs: 62
Malt: Pils, Munich, Crystal
Hops: Simcoe
Yeast: House Ale Yeast
Codename: SHPA1 (Single Hop Pale Ale 1)

Here’s another Scratch test batch designed to delight our customers. Due to a minor flaw in a brewing program, we lost some of the mash when it was transferred to the brew kettle. A quick-thinking brewer modified the hop-load and created our first-ever single hopped beer.

Bronze in color with a dry finish, the lead flavor is intense grapefruit and a fruity backbone derived from Simcoe hops.

Please enjoy our mistake, and rest assured the modifications have been completed so it doesn’t happen again.


Link to Tröegs Facebook post

Tagged: Troegs Brewing Company