Growlers: Rebel Kettle Sportzbier, Lost Forty Squirrel Sailor, Stone’s Throw Hoppy Wheat

Every now and then, a truly crazy beer hits the market, and it’s usually the guys at Rebel Kettle putting it out there. Take this week’s 4:30 Thursday release, simply called Sportzbier. Everything I’m about to tell you about this beer, by the way, is completely true. Sportzbier is a 5% ABV tart wheat beer packed with electrolytes. It pours a vibrant red color with a light pink head, and features a nose that will remind you of Little League. The flavor profile is described as “fruit-punchy” with a clean finish. Sportzbier sounds a little crazy, but if there’s one brewery that can pull it off, it’s Rebel Kettle. This is a small batch, and the unique nature of the beer means it could get a curious crowd to check it out. Make sure you get there at 4:30 this Thursday to give it a shot.

Lost Forty Brewing starts off this week in the beer scene with the wide release of its new IPA. Squirrel Sailor is this week’s Freshcut Monday release. This one is a 6.3% ABV IPA brewed with four different hop varieties for a juicy profile full of tropical and citrus notes. It made its debut a few months ago as a small-batch pilot, and the response was positive enough to warrant a seasonal release. Squirrel Sailor goes on tap at Lost Forty today at 4 p.m. It will also be available in four-packs to go at the taproom; you will be able to find it statewide later this week and throughout the summer.

Stone’s Throw Brewing is tapping its regularly revised wheat beer for its #NewBrewFriday at the MacPark location. Decimal Hoppy Wheat goes on tap Friday at 4 p.m. Decimal Hoppy Wheat gets a new hop bill every time Theron Cash and the brew team make it. This version contains Columbus, Cascade, Azacca, Simcoe, Mosaic and Eureka hops. Expect a tropical wheat nose and loads of flavor with a hoppy-dry finish from this one. At 5% ABV, you can probably afford to have seconds of this crisp ale. It should make its way to the Stifft Station location in the coming weeks.

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We don’t have an official release date yet, but Flyway Brewing should soon be releasing a variation on its excellent Free Range brown ale. This one is a coffee coconut brown ale that comes in at 5.9% ABV. We don’t know much else about it; however, you remember that Flyway has experimented with several variations of coffee in Free Range before, and this looks to be a continuation of that series. Be sure to check Flyway’s Facebook page to see when this one gets its official release.

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Growlers: Rebel Kettle Sportzbier, Lost Forty Squirrel Sailor, Stone’s Throw Hoppy Wheat