We here at DrinkCraftBeer.com just got news that Mayflower Brewing Company's IPA is now going to be available in bottles. In a blog post on the Mayflower blog dated February 4th, 2009, they stated that the much heralded beer is now available in bottles. Up until now it had only seen limited distribution in kegs. As stated by the company, "Although quantities are limited, we have packaged enough to satisfy our existing customers and plan to brew enough to provide a steady and growing supply throughout the year."
It appears that the Mayflower IPA in bottles will appear is stores near you on this time frame:
- Boston Area: Wednesday, February 4th
- South Shore: Thursday, February 5th
- Plymouth/South Coast/Cape: Friday, February 6th
- Western Mass: Coming Shortly
Having had this beer on tap several times, it definitely ranks up there as one of the best IPAs made on the east coast. We can't wait to have a six-pack of this brew in our fridge!
Surly Brewing Company (Minneapolis, MN) - Surly is adding 180 barrels of fermentation capacity. The three 60 barrel fermentors arrived today.
Cambridge, MA - Cambridge Brewing Company has announced the release of their CaCow! Chocolate Milk Stout. This is a milk stout, a rather rare style, brewed with lactose sugar as well as oats and flaked barley to impart some sweetness and a smooth mouthfeel.
From Will Meyer's, the head brewer at Cambridge Brewing Company, "In the late 19th and earlier 20th centuries, doctors often (erroneously) prescribed Milk Stouts to pregnant and lactating women to aid in the production of milk for breast feeding their babies (or perhaps just to sooth their frazzled nerves)."
Somerville's own Taza Chocolate (you may remember them from Drink Craft Beer, Eat Craft Chocolate) provided cacao nibs to age this 6.4%abv beer on, giving it a roasty finish. Will says they also used house-made vanilla extract to complement the richness and roast of the nibs with a little sweetness.
DCB Note: Tried it this afternoon. Wow! The vanilla is just a hint in the smell and complements the roasty chocolate very nice. A super smooth mouthfeel on this from the oats and flaked barley. The chocolate is great in the taste, not a sweet chocolate but a very earthy flavor probably more from the malt. It's slightly sweet, but far from cloying. This is definitely a beer that you could have more than one of.
Harpoon Brewing Company (Boston, MA) - The next beer in the Leviathan Series will be a Belgian Quad. It's currently in the tanks.
Dogfish Head Brewing Company (Delaware) - Dogfish Head has added 6 new 300-bbl tanks and they are up and running. This is a huge amount of capacity they've added!
Lost Abbey Brewing Company (San Marcos, CA) - Lost Abbey will be releasing Red Poppy, their Flanders Red Ale brewed with cherries, on January 31st at the brewery.
Bell's Brewing Company (Kalamazoo, MI) & De Proef (Lochristi, Belgium) - John Mallet, Bell's Production Manager (Read our interview with him), will travel to Belgium to brew the next beer in the De Proef Brewmaster's Collaboration Series. Bell's will join former collaborating breweries Allagash and Port Brewing Company.
Shmaltz Brewing Company (New York, NY) - Shmaltz, makers of He'Brew - The Chosen Beer, are set to add Coney Island Block Head to their Coney Island Craft Lagers line. This will be a 10% "Tough-As-Nails Strong Lager." It's set to be available January-April 2009.