The endless variety of limited release and seasonal beers are a huge part of what makes better beer so great. The following are a few releases that we'll have our eyes on in December.
AVAILABLE IN INDIANA:
Upland Lambics - If you blink you might miss it - Upland will be taking reservations for their latest - Strawberry Lambic, Blueberry Lambic, Peach Lambic, and Dantalion Dark Wild Ale - at 12:01 AM on Wednesday December 1st at UplandBeer.com.
Bell's Batch 10,000 - The last in Bell's 1000 series, this beer features 101 malts and 60 hops, in homage to Bell's homebrewer roots and end of season "clearing out the homebrewer's pantry".
Sam Adams/Weihenstephan Infinium - This 10.3 percent ABV whopper has been described by Jim Koch as "combining the dry fruitiness of a champagne, the body of a dessert wine and the aromatics of a classic pilsner" and was brewed to Reinheitsgebot rules. Infinium has a really nice bottle as well, perhaps perfect as a Christmas gift?
Sun King Coconut Wee Mac - Not a lot of details on this one yet, but we noticed it on the schedule during a recent visit to Sun King. As fans of Sun King's maltier options, we're looking forward to this new variety of Wee Mac.
AVAILABLE OUTSIDE OF INDIANA:
You may be the type of beer drinker who casts a bigger net than what's available in just Indiana. The following releases are on our nationwide radar.
Victory Dark Intrigue - What's Intrigue? Victory's Storm King Stout aged in oak barrels that once matured Kentucky bourbon. Although Indiana does have Victory, Dark Intrigue won't make it to our liquor stores.
Deschutes Abyss - We've had quite a bit of experience with Deschutes Abyss, but somehow it's never been officially roundtabled. Deep black, smoky, chocolate, licorice, vanilla - it's all in there. Definitely a beer worth seeking out.