Grab your calendars, beer lovers: Tallgrass Brewing Co. plans to roll out at least seven new brews over the next few months, including a strong and citrusy IPA, a tart pale ale and a salted caramel Belgian dark strong ale.
“Now we have the ability to finally do the things we really want to do,” Gill says.
Here’s a look at Tallgrass’ beer release schedule for the first three months of 2016. All of these will be available at bars and restaurants in the brewery’s 14-state distribution territory.
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▪ The Grizz, an imperial IPA in the brewery’s limited-edition Explorer Series. Look for it late next month.
▪ Top Rope IPA, a new year-round beer, gets its citrusy punch from Columbus, Chinook, Cascade, Amarillo and Bravo hops. The pro-wrestling-inspired IPA is 6 percent alcohol by volume and has “a nice malty backbone,” Gill says. “This is a beer we’ll be drinking around the brewery on an everyday basis.”
▪ Songbird Saison, which will also be available year-round, is a tart and refreshing Belgian-style beer with a light, dry finish. “The Saison is a change of direction for us,” Gill says. It shows “we’re not just a bunch of hop heads who want a pale ale all the time.”
▪ Sweet Tooth is a salted caramel Belgian dark strong ale in Tallgrass’ Explorer Series. It ships in mid-February.
▪ Biere De Mars is a new Explorer Series beer. Look for it in early March.
▪ Half-Pipe Tart Pale Ale is a new year-round beer that gets its sour flavor from lactobacillus, the same bacteria used to culture yogurt. It boasts “tart character, but with a hop bitterness and aroma,” Gill says. “It’s a really unique beer, perfect for the springtime because of the tartness and refreshing character. We’re really excited about it.”
▪ Raspberry Jam is a raspberry Berliner Weisse developed at the Tallgrass Tap House.
To make room for all of these new brews, Gill says Tallgrass is discontinuing several others, including Ethos IPA, Velvet Rooster Belgian-Style Tripel, 16-Bit Double Pale Ale, Ginger Peach Saison and Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat. (Note: At least four Star staffers are fans of Halcyon, so we’re still processing this news.)
Gill says that a lot of different business factors went into that decision, “but what it comes down to is that one of our core values is an intense drive for improvement.”
Some of the discontinued beers (Halcyon included) are likely to reappear on the menu at Tallgrass Tap House, Gill says.
Just don’t expect Tallgrass to retire Buffalo Sweat anytime soon. The brewery couldn’t keep up with demand for the popular oatmeal cream stout until this year, after the new facility was up and running.
To read more about Tallgrass Brewing Co. founder Jeff Gill, check out Cindy Hoedel’s profile, first published in July 2015.