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1. Community Beer Works Launches January Community Beer Box
CBW’s Community Beer Box for January is now available to order. This month features a 4-pack of Mellow Dreaming Fruited Smoothie Sour Ale, brewed exclusively for this box with Barbe Rouge hops, Meyer lemon and raspberry purée, marshmallow, lactose and vanilla, a 16oz. can of a mystery beer, limited edition 4″x9″ beer pennant from Oxford Pennant, box of goodies from Hello, Sweets!, including sour candies, sweet gummies and dark chocolate raspberry truffles and more mystery goodies. You can sign up for a 3 month (save 10%), 6 month (save 15%) or 12 month (save 25%) subscription. Order yours at shop.communitybeerworks.com.
2. Big Ditch Cans Galaxy Red, Releases Risque Rose, Collaborates With Eli Fish
In addition to finally releasing their beloved Galaxy Red IPA in cans (available at the brewery and wherever great beer is sold), Big Ditch has also released Risque Rose, brewed with hibiscus flowers and rosé grape juice for lightly tart notes, big floral aromas and a delicious blended grape finish. Risque Rose is available in draft (crowlers and growlers to go), as well as limited availability at other bars and restaurants around Western New York.
Big Ditch is also set to release a new collaboration with Batavia’s Eli Fish Brewing, Nectar of the Nitwit Sour Belgian Dubbel, on January 13 at Eli Fish and January 14 at Big Ditch. Brewed with a blend of caramel and dark malts, Nectar of the Nitwit is a sweet, malty, dark, roasty and sour beer. At Big Ditch, a trio of Eli Fish beers will also be tapped – That is Not a Wizard (NEIPA with Rakau & Riwaka), Champagne Guapi (Sour with Marquette & Frontenac grapes) and The Hundredth Meridian English Barleywine.
3. First Line Brewing Launches New Seltzer Line
First Line Brewing has retired their Pregame Seltzer line and launched the Freedom Seltzer series. The first release of the series, Sangria Fruited Hard Seltzer, is available now on tap at the brewery. “Freedom Seltzer is more than just a new release,” the brewery says. “We are turning this into a whole new brand. We wanted to create something that we can mass produce and enter into the seltzer market in cans. We felt the branding of Freedom Seltzer was perfect. Mixing the love of America with a party fun vibe. And boom, you have an Uncle Sam solo cup!”
4. Celebrate Victory Monday Thanks to Rusty Nickel Brewing
Have you asked yourself, ‘what should I drink in honor of Bills Victory Monday?’ Well, Rusty Nickel Brewing has answered that conundrum with a new brew of the same name. This New England IPA, which features notes of orange citrus and tropical fruits with a soft body, is the perfect choice, not only come game time Saturday, but also for the following Monday. Release details will be announced soon.
5. Pressure Drop, Brickyard & Thin Man Pay Tribute to Class of 96’
Pressure Drop Brewing, Thin Man Brewery and Brickyard Brewery have teamed up yet again, this time paying tribute to the Class of 96’ with a hoppy and hazy Double IPA, brewed with El Dorado and Mosaic, then triple dry-hopped with Vic Secret, Galaxy and El Dorado hops. This brew can currently be found on tap at Brickyard Pub & BBQ, as well as Mr. Goodbar, among others. Tentative plans call for Class of 96’ to be canned in a few weeks’ time.