It started out with a "psssst....… can we work on a beer together?".
The ever-innovating team at Odd Side Ales were gushing over a gose recipe they'd been working on, and their pals the local craft beer steward HopCat thought up 142,987 different fruit combinations to try and make a unique batch of their own. Bringing sweet pineapple and tangy pink guava to the party, the result is an incredibly refreshing, slightly funky fruited gose that will be sure to help make this a summer to remember!
Unpack your supplies and find your favorite blind. It's time for some Beer Hunting. Stop by Lowes Foods and pick up a limited edition Westbrook Beer Hunting Box. And then join us on June 19th when we walk through five great Westbrook beers.
So make sure you get your box, learn some things, and then earn your Virtual Beer Hunting Badge.
To earn the Virtual Beer Hunting Badge for NC & SC festival goers, tune into the virtual festival to learn how to unlock the badge. If you haven't purchased your beer box, visit your local Lowes foods today until Saturday June 19, 2021 at 6pm EST.
Visit here for more information and to see what to expect in the beer box.
HOW TO EARN THE BADGE
For North and South Carolina users, check-in one of the 5 Westbrook beers in the Lowes Hunt Club Box AND add the Lowes location that you purchased your beer box from or the Lowe's Virtual Beer Hunting venue to your check-in between June 19, 2021 - June 20, 2021 to earn the "Virtual Beer Hunting - Westbrook" Badge.
Summahh! That's right we're officially saying that summer is here. Hence why Harrison Hickock (@harrybeerbeard) is sporting his favorite Hawaiian t-shirt for the latest episode of the Drinking Socially podcast. Which is all about....well, we're pretty sure you've guessed by now. Tune in as Harrison and co-host Jon Dispenza (@drinkingwithjon) talk about what makes summer the best season of the year.
How about summer nights? They're magical, full of adventure and mystery, and the guy you just met convincing you one more Jager shot won't be a mistake. What about breezes? In the summer they're warm and smell like hot sand and suntan lotion, fried clams and fresh squeezed lemonade. And we can't forget vacations. Vacations are always great - but summer vacation - cannon balls, ice cream for lunch, video games, and sleep overs every night - it's a call to freedom the likes of which even William Wallace could only dream about! You put the word 'summer' in front of any other word and it instantly makes that word better, except maybe summer school.
Luckily, those days are long behind Harrison and Jon. Instead, in front of them lies a new summer beer - not just to them but the world! They'll work on leveling up the "Summer Fun" badge - which is a pretty unique Untappd badge - with New Belgium's brand new "Summer Bliss", a tropical wheat ale! So grab your favorite summer beer and level it up with Harrison and Jon on this week's episode of the Drinking Socially podcast!
Without question the hazy IPA has become the most popular beer style of the last decade. Breweries from coast-to-coast have created their own outstanding versions including The Alchemist Tree House, and Trillium.
Of course, with the rise of such a popular style we've seen tons of riffs and remixes from double, triple, and quadruple dry-hopped to cryo-hopped and even kveik-yeasted.
But perhaps the most exciting interpretation has been the Milkshake IPA. Characterized by a combination of milk sugar and fruit these beers often cleverly mimic the iconic 1950s American malt shop favorite. Are you telling us you haven't shared a tender double-strawed moment on a stool with a significant other? (Or maybe someone just threw it in your face Rizzo-style).
Well, thanks to modern day brewers you can now enjoy this same experience on your bar stool. Just maybe without the straw.
To achieve maximum silky, creamy, velvety goodness brewers add a dose of lactose. It's this unfermentable milk sugar that defines a Milkshake IPA and gives it that delightfully smooth mouthfeel.
And fruit is the perfect pairing to this luxurious style. We've seen everything thrown into these hazy IPAs from tangerines to passionfruit.
The fun part about Milkshake IPAs is that brewers often tap into their culinary or sweet tooth side with many drawing on popular childhood treats as inspiration.
So grab a friend or a date and belly up to the bar because below are the 5 Highest Rated Milkshake IPAs on Untappd in 2021.
As part of the Next Glass commitment to promote equality, diversity, and inclusion at our company and within the tech and alcohol industries, we are happy to sponsor* one student's attendance at the Fermentation Short Course Program at Appalachian State.
Taught from July 25th to July 30th of this year, the program is "intended for those working within the Brewing Industry and the Advanced Home Brewer; specifically, those considering starting a business or intent on increasing their proficiency and understanding of Fundamental Brewing Principles and Technologies."
We invite those interested to apply by following the steps outlined below. We are sharing the message across all of our social media channels with the hopes of getting a diverse group of people to apply – so feel free to share this message!
Please submit your application by June 21, 2021. The winner will be notified by email.
*cost of course, travel, lodging
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What makes for a better beer, exactly? Some may think it's about how cold it is. Or maybe the lip-smacking "ahhhh" that follows the first sip. But to your local, independent brewery, a better beer goes way beyond what's in the glass. A better beer is a beer that keeps local people employed. A better beer gives back to the community. Heck, a better beer creates community right in the taproom it's poured in. A better beer doesn't just taste better, it does good.
The Dutch squad has finally made it to the European Championship 2021 and it's time to celebrate that! During the European Championship from June 11 to July 11, you can earn several badges in The Netherlands to become the real EC2021 champion! By unlocking these badges you will earn 20% discount on your next order at Bier&zO. On top of that, we are privileged to give away 10 exclusive 'Uiltje All Time Oranje Legends' beer boxes to the value of 50 EUR among all badge passport completions. How to earn these badges?
HOW TO EARN THE BADGES
To earn these badges, all check-ins must occur within the Netherlands.
During the European Championship 2021, from June 11 to July 11 you can unlock the 'Hup Holland Hup' badge by checking in three (3) different Dutch beers from the 'Hup Holland Hup Speciaalbierpakket XL' at Bier&zO.
Once the knock-out phase starts, you will be able to unlock 'Knock-out Kampioen' the final badge of the passport. To do so, check-in three (3) different beers from a special Dutch EC2021 package from June 24 until July 1.
Multiple rewards – Discounts & Rare boxes
Once you complete either the 'Hup Holland Hup' or 'Hattrick' badge you will receive a personal discount code of 20% you are able to use on your next order on the Bier&zO webshop.
The icing on the cake: Complete this badge passport and stand a chance to be one of the lucky 10 to win an exclusive 'Uiltje All Time Oranje Legends' beer box worth 50 EUR! The winners will be picked randomly once the European Championship 2021 has ended and informed to claim this top prize.
We needed to wait some time, but now it is time for the European Championship. We love watching these football games with a beer, that is being served as it should be: cold!
Specially made for the European Championship, Grolsch has designed a unique, tailor-made swingtop fridge….which you can win!
Score your favorite Grolsch beers and cheer the Dutch national team to the finals!
Click this link to read more about the legal terms and an image of the fridge.
HOW TO EARN THIS BADGE
Check in to 3 out of any of the following 5 beers of Grolsch to unlock your "Grolsch Oranje EK badge" in the period of the European Championship within the Netherlands, between June 11, 2021 and July 11, 2021.
Did you check in and score 3 out of 5 Grolsch beers? GOAL! You earned the badge and are automatically entered into a lottery to win the unique Grolsch Swingtop fridge!
• The winner will be random selected out of all participants (who checked in 3 out of 5 Grolsch beers) on 14 July 2021. • The winner will be informed via e-mail associated with their Untappd account. • The fridge will only be rewarded and delivered to a winner residing at an address in the Netherlands. • It is not possible to correspond about the result. • The prize cannot be exchanged for cash. • More info about the legal terms: www.grolsch.nl/untappd-ek
Hard kombucha is new to the Sierra Nevada lineup, but founder Ken Grossman has always explored beyond beer.
"[When] I had the homebrew shop," he says, "I actually made a lot of wine and sold wine grapes. And I had a still and fooled around with sake. So I had a fairly open mind toward fermentation."
Strainge Beast is born from that curiosity, and now there are six flavors on the loose—collect a badge for every Beast! They're brewed with 100% organic ingredients, and two of them have just 100 calories per 12-ounce serving.
Looks like you've taken the red pill. Welcome to wonderland! Fruited sours are complex, funky beers that have mimicked decadent treats from cheesecake to berries and cream and beyond. There are no boundaries or limits in the Matrix of fruited sours.
On paper according to the Brewers Association fruited sours are characterized for their moderate to intense, yet balanced fruity esters. Brewers utilize natural microflora like Brettanomyces (often known as just Brett), lactobacillus (often referred to as "lacto"), or Pediococcus (sometimes known just simply as "pedio") to create the incredible funky and intense flavors that define this style.
Sour beers were actually a happy accident. Way back in the day, brewers stored beer in wooden barrels or open-air vessels called coelships. While fermenting in these lidless tanks the beer picked up natural microbes and wild yeast in the air that actually gave a distinct funkiness to the final flavor.
Sounds kind of simple right? I mean don't the natural microflora do all the work? It's a little more complicated than that and since souring beer is really a living, breathing process it can be tricky for brewers to nail. But, for you the drinker it means that pretty much every sour beer you drink is one hundred percent unique.
With fruited sours in particular, brewers add an additional layer of complexity by choosing from a cornucopia of fruit to add to the base beer during fermentation. And nowadays, no fruit or ingredient is off the table. Brewers explore the whole harvest from the staple blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries to lesser-known fruits like passionfruit, guava, boysenberry, marionberry, and black currants.
More and more these fruited sours have become whimsical, wacky interpretations of beer. Some take inspiration from popular desserts and treats like lollipops, ice cream, popsicles, pies, crumbles, or smoothies while others simply indulge in smashing as much fruit as possible into one can.
Regardless, drinking a fruited sour can whisk you away into a new magical world, a particular nostalgic childhood memory, or even just a beautiful, bountiful orchard.
Below check out the current highest rated Fruited Sours on Untappd in 2021.
Like cranking up the volume on a single IPA, Double or Imperial IPAs are often characterized by a higher hop intensity and amped up alcoholic strength. These beers assault the senses with fresh hop character, extra juiciness, and a strong bitterness.
The style is often attributed to Vinnie Cilurzo, now owner and brewmaster of renowned Russian River Brewing Co. In 1994 Cilurzo invented the double IPA while working on this first beer for Blind Pig Brewery in Temecula, California. He later took his innovation to Russian River where Pliny the Elder became one of the most highly regarded DIPAs in the country.
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Looking for a double whammy? Every week Hop Culture Founder Kenny Gould drops a new crazy beer to try. This week he cracked open a can from Double IPA darlings Trillium Brewing and Other Half that almost left him almost speechless. Watch this week's episode and don't forget to subscribe to Hop Culture's YouTube channel so you never miss a look at the craziest beer Kenny tries next!
The American (now global) craft beer revolution was born from American craft beer pioneers not seeking to replicate that of other brewing cultures, but rather to create their own styles that would redefine American beer beyond the traditional mass-produced lager. The variety of high-quality full-flavored beers being produced by the more than 8,000 small & independent American craft brewers today is unparalleled anywhere else in the world. From American IPA and Barrel-aged beer to sours or just well-made classic styles, we invite you to unlock the unrivaled innovation in quality, flavor, and style diversity by seeking out these participating breweries in your local communities.
In honor of Pride Month each year, Almanac's bestselling LOVE Hazy IPA gets a rainbow glow up! These limited-edition cans help support the Oakland LGBTQ+ Community Center, a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing and sustaining the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals, families and allies, by providing educational, social, health & wellness-related activities, programs, and services.
LOVE is brewed in the spirit of equity, inclusion, and justice for all people and is bursting with hoppy tropical flavors. Built on a simple base of Pilsner malt and rolled oats, this super dank IPA has a pillowy mouthfeel and is double dry-hopped with Mosaic, Citra, and Sabro. Flavors of mango, cantaloupe, and citrus will keep you infatuated.
HOW TO EARN THE BADGE
To earn the "Rainbow LOVE" Badge, check-in one (1) Love Hazy IPA from Alamanac Beer Company between June 1, 2021 - June 30, 2021.
Hoppy Pride! Celebrate loud, proud, responsibly, and safely.
Spend all summer Sippin' Pretty with our refreshing Fruited Sour and a chance to win a custom paddleboard. Text ODELLSUP to 855-933-4223 or visit http://www.odellglidesupsweeps.com/ for your chance to win an Odell 10' Paddleboard by Glide. Through 08/31/21.
More of a mantra than a beer, Sippin' Pretty is our Fruited Sour Ale. Loaded with our unique blend of açai, guava, and elderberry, and balanced with a delicate addition of Himalayan pink sea salt, this beer pops with a bright ruby color and a refreshing tart finish. So sit back, relax, and sip on something pretty.