This year is bringing us quite a few tasty brews. Here’s a list of some of the most anticipated craft options spanning 2016.
New Belgium Brewing
Fort Collins, Colo.
Glütiny Golden Ale
ABV: 5.2 percent
Hoist your pints to the mutiny against gluten with this new, uncompromised gluten-removed beer designed for the discerning craft drinker. For this year-round release available now, New Belgium dosed the beer with colorful Nugget, Goldings and Cascade hops, then dry-hopped it again with Cascade, lending bright grapefruit and subtle herbal notes.
Glütiny Pale Ale
ABV: 6 percent
Also available now, this gluten-reduced pale ale is fit for the most adventurous hopheads. A year-round release, it’s armed with a hefty dose of exotic Equinox hops, blending breezy guava, papaya and stone fruits with a wash of sweet, slightly herbal malt flavors.
Side Trip Belgian Style Pale Ale
ABV: 6 percent
This spring seasonal Belgian ale includes Belgian Chateau Abbey and Cara Ruby malt, along with some Belgian Magnum, Saphir and Target hops to build a bready, caramel-sweet wash with traces of stone fruit for a dry finish.
ABV: 6 percent
Turn on, tune in and hop out with this new IPA, which has a mind-bending blend of Citra hops and tangerine. This tropical bliss is grounded by just a touch of malty sweetness. ?
Rebel Grapefruit IPA
ABV: 6.3 percent
Brewed with real grapefruit for an added punch of citrusy goodness that amplifies the hops’ tropical fruit notes, this draft beer offers a hint of juciness that rounds out the bitteness and gives a refreshing, bold, bright, thirst-quenching finish. Look for this year-round brew early this year.
ABV: 10 percent
Starting with six hop varietals added to the brew kettle and culminating with a Simcoe dry-hop, this ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule of Bell’s repetoire. This winter brew’s aromatic qualities—grapefruit, stone fruit and floral notes – offer generous malt and dollops of honey that provide enough body to keep balance.
Heavy Seas Beer
Partner Ships Series
This series embraces community with three other breweries. Maine Brewing Co. will team up with Heavy Seas with a Red IPA, available February-March, and Troegs Independent Brewing will pair with Heavy Seas for a TBD style available May-June. Stone Brewing Co.’s TBD style pairing will be available November-December.
Calling all hopheads: Double Cannon is now available year round. Originally a seasonal release in 2015, this double IPA will be available in all 18 states where Heavy Seas beer is distributed, including Delaware. Massively dry-hopped, but with a balanced malt sweetness, this brew captures the balanced flavors of Heavy Seas’ Loose Cannon, but with double the firepower. Additionally, these year-round options—the Pounder, a German Pilsner style brew, and the Boatload IPA Sampler—will be available TBA.
TropiCannon Citrus IPA will be available April-June, and Treasure Fest Oktoberfest Lager can be found July-Sept. Plank IV, a Belgian-style Quad aged on four wood varieties, will be available March-April, and Below Decks Red Wine Barrel-aged English-style Barley Wine can be caught November-December. Meanwhile, the Uncharted Waters Series will soon welcome the 2016 edition of Siren Noire, a velvety rich chocolate stout. This limited release will be available through the end of this month. With almost three pounds of Belgian coco nibs used per barrel and aged for five weeks in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans added, this brew boasts a well-rounded body perfect for a cold winter day.
Magic Hat Brewing Company
South Burlington, Vt.
Winterland: Winter Variety Pak
A collection of wonders from the brewers at Magic Hat, these selections have been chosen for their qualities that go wonderfully with the colder weather of the season. In particular, Vinyl, an amber lager, returns as a special addition to the “pak.”
Henry’s Hard Soda
Available now, this hard soda at 4.2 percent ABV comes in ginger ale and orange flavors, sweetened with pure cane sugar. The beverages will be available in six packs, 12-oz. bottles and 16-oz. cans.
2SP Brewing Company
The biggest news of the year for this brewery that joined the local scene last summer is the addition of canning, starting with the brewery’s Delco Lager in mid-spring. 2SP will then roll out more cans throughout the year at area liquor stores. “We are very excited because this will allow our loyalists to grab it in the can for any event—sitting on the couch, mowing the lawn or attending that baby shower you are forced to go to,” says founder Mike Stiglitz.
750 milliliter bottles
Large-style reserve bottles will also be available over the next year. Head Brewer Bob Barrar’s popular Russian imperial stout is one brew that will be available, along with the bourbon barrel-aged Belgian-style triple ale, a barley wine, spiced brown ale, and imperial porter S.I.P.
This spring, look for new releases in the form of saisons and a sour red wine barrel Brett beer (aging since last June). Summer will bring new IPAs as well as very sessionable brews synonymous with beach trips.