Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Iron and the Irish

Photo courtesy of boulevard.com
A couple quick beer release notes:

First, Boulevard Irish Ale starts hitting store shelves in Kansas City today. Although it's a little bizarre having a spring seasonal come out before we've had a significant snowfall in KC, Irish Ale is probably my favorite Boulevard seasonal with Nutcracker coming in at a close second. There should be plenty of this to go around, so no need to speed to the liquor store and throw people to the ground to grab some.

Second, Free State announced that the first release in their specialty series, Ironman Imperial Stout, will hit store shelves at the end of the month. According to their newsletter, it will be available in 4-packs, but they also posted a label graphic that listed a bomber size, so I'm trying to confirm if it will be in both sizes or just one.

Update: Free State confirmed on Twitter that for now, it will just be available in the 4-packs.

On an unrelated note, don't forget to stop by Royal Liquor on 103rd tonight between 5:30 to 7:30, I'll be there with Nate from KC Brew Review hosting a free tasting as part of Royal Liquor Strong Ale Week.



  1. I like the trend of putting "big" beers in 12 oz. 4-packs rather than, or in addition to, bombers. Most weeknights I don't feel like 22 (or 25.6) ounces of Imperial Stout, but I'd gladly do 12. Plus there's more for later.

    And speaking of spring seasonals, it looks like Sierra Nevada's Ruthless Rye IPA with whole cone hops is out. I am intrigued.

  2. I agree, I'm a big fan of the 12 ounce 4-packs (and could go on a rant about bombers and their pricing, but I'll save that for another day) and hope that more breweries will start packaging bigger beers that way. Ideally, it would be cool to have both options available, but I know that's not realistic.

    I'm intrigued by the Ruthless as well, will probably have to grab some when I'm there tonight!

  3. Keep an eye out for Odell Saboteur and Founders Imperial Stout this week as well.

  4. has anyone see the founders anywhere except gomers...i know red x didn't have any yet

  5. royal 103 and hyvee state line both had founder imp stout on tuesday

  6. JJS - I had the SN Ruthless Rye earlier this week in CA and it is *fantastic*. Could be my favorite SN. Earthy, spicy, and citrusy. And bitter! Loved it.

  7. When will SN Ruthless Rye be here in KC?

  8. Anon,

    Ruthless will be in Kansas City once the distributor runs out of Celebration Ale. No telling how long that will be.