New from Firestone Walker, Alaskan and Zatec

May 12th, 2010 | Posted by Real Beer

Firestone Walker Parabola Firestone Walker Brewing has made Parabola Imperial Stout available for the first time in bottles, and the limited one-time release isn’t expected to last long.

Parabola has long been a component of Firestone’s anniversary beer series. The anniversary beers are a blend of barrel-aged beers released one time each year in very limited quantities. The individual components are sometimes sold on draft or poured at beer festivals.

“We brewed our first Parabola 5 years ago as an experiment in barrel aging. This first bottle release show cases what we have learned and what we love about barrel aged beers and amazing flavors and textures that oak can bring to beer,” brewmaster Matt Bryndilson said for a press release.

Only 1000 cases of Parabola, 13% abv, are available in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington by mid-May.

Alaskan Brewing Co. has announced a new “Pilot Series” of limited edition specialty beers with Alaskan Raspberry Wheat Ale. The Alaskan Pilot Series will feature a rotating collection of beers packaged in 22-ounce bottles and will be available throughout the 10 states where Alaskan beers are sold.

“Each new recipe is first created on our 1-barrel experimental brewhouse, perfected in our 10-barrel pilot brewhouse, then put to the test through our Rough Draft series of draft-only beers distributed in Alaska,” said production manager Dave Wilson. “Alaskan Raspberry Wheat has been one of our favorite Rough Drafts.” It won a silver medal at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival.

Alaskan Raspberry Wheat is an American-style wheat ale highlighting the bright flavors and inviting aroma of more than 3,000 pounds of real raspberries added during fermentation.

– Importer Merchant du Vin expect Zatec Dark Lager (5.7% abv, 25 IBU) will join Zatec Bright Lager on shelves June 1. Made from Moravian two-row barley and local hops, Zatec Dark is produced via a double-decoction mash, open primary fermentation, sand filtering, and 45 days of lagering in cool cellars 80 feet underground. Brewing in the Zatec region — known for Saaz hops — of the Czech Republic dates back to at least 1004 AD. The Society of Privileged Brewers was founded in Zatec in 1261, the cornerstone for the current Zatec Brewery was laid in 1798, and brewing began in 1801.

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