Happy New Year y’all! To ring in 2018, we are sharing a curated list of new NC beers that you will be able to find in the new year. We reached out to our members and they shared the details on their new releases happening early in 2018. Check them out below and let us know which ones get you most excited!
Technically, this delicious hazy India Pale Ale was released on December 28th. However, you won’t be able to find it anywhere outside of the brewery until after the new year. The beer’s name is No To Something Special – the idea is an allusion to the most common New Year’s resolutions, those in which you say “no” to something that is”bad” for you (i.e. sugar, coffee, dare we say too much beer?). In 2018, Durty Bull will be saying NO to boring beers!
Kick your New Year into full gear with Fullsteam’s Thieves of Joy, a New England style IPA brewed with Epiphany’s Foundation malt & lactose, then hopped aggressively with Azacca, Mosaic and Citra. This beer will be flowing from taps on January 4th. The Fullsteam team is resolving to bring joy to everyone after the difficulties of 2017 (as a result of the thieves who stole it, see above).
The new year will bring some new brews from Big Boss Brewing as well. Initially tossed out as a test batch, the Big Boss Lager will now be available year-round. What New Year’s resolution does Big Boss have? Continue making delicious “Dad beers,” perfect for all your favorite Dad-like activities like playing golf, watching football, and mowing the lawn. Big Boss has you covered in 2018.
Looking to take a break from all the big beers of 2017 and ease back into something delicious and malty come January? Mill Whistle Brewing in Beaufort is releasing Hongry Town on January 20th. This ESB (Extra Special Bitter…or Extra Special Beaufort depending on who you ask) pulls its name from Beaufort’s rich history. Its first given name was, you guessed it, Hongry Town. Drink in some history and delicious beer at the release of Hongry Town ESB!
With an early 2018 open date, The Glass Jug Beer Lab is starting 2018 off with a bang. One of their specialty series is called the Opacity series. These beers are all double dry-hopped hazy IPAs that use some new processes and techniques. Did we mention each will feature a rotating variety of hops? (Hops on hops on hops!) Owner/brewer Chris Creech has a personal New Year’s resolution to get back in shape -the stress of a new brewery and moving the store to a new location has been taking it toll. Stop by and see them in the new year to cheers to new beers and new locations!
Last but not least, 2018 is bringing some serious change to Highland Brewing Company, one of North Carolina’s oldest breweries. You’ve probably already tried a lot of the new beers that the brewery cranked out in the past two years. This year, Highland will close the gap between the beer and the brand. Expect new looks in labeling, packaging, point of sale, marketing, and the Asheville tasting room. We are so excited for these guys and can’t wait to see what 2018 brings for Asheville’s Pioneers in Craft Beer.