Lake Tribe beer coming to cans by early September
Sooooooo ... this is big.
In this week's Around The Brew Bend column, the Tallahassee Beer Society isn't just covering local beer news — we have BREAKING NEWS.
Drum roll, please ...
With Lake Tribe's blessing to drop the announcement right here today, we are pleased to tell you, yes, the rumors are true: Lake Tribe is canning!
Lake Tribe’s recently acquired new, state-of-the-art canning line has finished fabrication, and our friends in West Tallahassee anticipate the line should be fully installed and operational by the end of August.
So what does that mean? More Lake Tribe beer.
A lot more Lake Tribe beer.
“This is going to allow us to share our labor of love — our beer — with Tallahassee in a whole new way," said Lake Tribe co-owner Jason Ross, whose brewery opened in 2015. "It means more access to bars and restaurant (whom might not have a draft system), package stores, grocery — you name it."
Lake Tribe’s first big can release, which Ross anticipates will take place in early September, will include two of their core beers: their heavily hopped flagship India Pale Ale, Red Cloud IPA, and their citrusy American wheat brewed with locally grown satsuma oranges, Beckster’s Satsuma Wheat.
Red Cloud is a very hop forward IPA with lots of pine and earthiness in every sip. It has a moderate bitterness — 50 IBUs, to be exact — and the malt bill has just enough caramel to give it a signature hue.
Beckster's Satsuma Wheat is a hoppy, citrusy beer that is infused with locally grown satsuma oranges from Florida Georgia Citrus, which is located in Monticello. This beer has zero artificial additives or synthetic fruits — just a sweet orange nectar grown right up the road.
This moment has been a longtime coming, Lake Tribe co-owner and head brewer Jesse Ross said.
"We are finally getting to a point where we are canning our beer and that brings things full circle," Jesse Ross said. "We started out trying to serve the beer in the largest quantities possible (through distribution), and now we can serve it on an individual scale too. It's a great feeling."
Jess then added with a smile: "Cans are good. They make me happy."
It makes us happy too, Jesse. Congrats, Team Lake Tribe!
Ology has a case of the Mondays
Mondays have traditionally been a day that all Tallahassee breweries are closed, so it was big news when Ology Brewing co-owner Nick Walker revealed THIS to us this week: “The brewery will be open on Monday, Sept. 3, for Labor Day (for Florida State’s) Game Day, and then going forward on Mondays, we are going to play with the hours a bit.”
Once the new hours take effect, Ology will be the only brewery to be open on Mondays.
In addition to the hours-expansion announcement, Ology set the date for the brewery’s next bottle release of its barrel-aged American sour series, “Dynamic Fermentum.” On Sept. 1, Ology will release Raspberry Dynamic Fermentum.
Grasslands partners with distillery
As if it wasn't enough work already gearing up for FSU and FAMU football game days, revamping the beer garden and finalizing preparations for the brewery’s Aug. 25 “Pints for PJs” celebration benefiting the Elk Institute, GrassLands Brewing owner Gabe Grass made time for two big announcements this week.
“(GrassLands) will be launching our new barrel-aging program, as we’ve recently become good friends, and formed a fun partnership, with Timber Creek Distillery (in Crestview, Florida)," Grass said. "And we expect to have several bottle release events toward the close of the year.”
A release Tallahassee craft beer fans won’t have to wait months for is also in the works. GrassLands told us they have begun brewing their "Best Florida Beer Championship Gold Medal" winning beer Advanced Darkness Porter.
Proof unveils orange lime sherbet sour
On Friday, Aug. 17, Proof Brewing taps one of the more interesting beers we’ve ever seen: “Orange Lime Sherbet Evil Kiss" — a Berliner Weisse with lactose and vanilla.
We don't know about y'all, but this beer sounds super crushable!
Also, when strategizing your gameday at Doak Campbell Stadium for the upcoming Florida State football season, don’t forget that Proof pours throughout the Champions Club and University Club bars. The brewery’s Eightfive-0, Mango Wit, and Proof Lager will be available.
On Friday, Aug. 31, expect the highly-anticipated re-release of Proof's annual double IPA "Warpath" - a beer they started brewing in 2014 as a tribute to the Florida State football team's 2013 BCS National Championship. This is the first time Proof has canned this beer as it is normally sold in specialty bottles. So grab a pack to go for that opening weekend tailgate!"
Go Proof. And go 'Noles!
Deep preps for 'can-iversary'
We told you two weeks ago that Deep was about to launch its own can line, and it's going down Aug. 31.
While owner Ryan LaPete is busy prepping for Deep Brewing Company’s “CANiversary” – a celebration of two years in business, combined with the launch of the brewery’s first canned beers - he’s still managing to put out new beers each week.
This weekend sees the return of “White Oak Spear Pressure,” Deep’s signature golden ale aged on American White Oak.
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