Red Brick Brewing (Atlanta, GA) has impressed the local beer community lately with their new Brick Mason Series. They will round out this year’s Brick Mason releases with Old Stock Ale, their winter warmer, and will continue to expand this series into 2012 with seven releases.
Old Stock Ale will be the fourth installment in the Brick Mason Series (Old Stock was preceded by 16th Anniversary, Double IPA, and Smoked Vanilla Gorilla). It will be an Old Ale aged in bourbon barrels. You can expect an ale with a touch of winter spices complimented by the vanilla notes from the barrel treatment. It has just hit shelves and taps this week and will be sold in 12 oz four packs and on draft in Red Brick’s distribution area (this of course includes Birmingham and other areas of Alabama). Keep an eye out for it because I am hearing nothing but great things about this beer.
Thanks to the guys at BeerStreetJournal, we also have a good idea of what the Brick Mason Series will look like in 2012. Next year there will be seven different releases which almost doubles this year’s four. Here is next year’s lineup along with some brief descriptions:
- Wee Heavy – the style tends to be very malty and high in alcohol content. This should arrive in February and they plan to produce 200 barrels.
- 2XIPA – a Double IPA that should hit in April. 300 barrels are expected be brewed.
- 17th Anniversary – a barrel aged beer that will be brewed in December of 2011, but no word on when it will be released. 200 barrels of this beer will be produced.
- Brick Mason Saison – this style tends to be slightly fruity with a good amount of earthiness to it. These beers are perfect for summer months and Red Brick plans to release this one sometime in June. 300 barrels will be brewed.
- Vanilla Gorilla – this will be their barrel aged porter but no word on if it will be smoked again like this year’s release or if it will receive another treatment. 250 barrels should be due for release in September.
- Stock Ale – not sure if this will be the same as the Old Stock Ale being released this month, but it will be a barrel aged ale. It will keep its release date of November and they will be brewing 200 barrels.
- Pfeffernüsse Porter – named after a German cookie that is often times made with many spices, pepper, and sometimes nuts. The translation is actually pepper nuts. Sadly that is all we have to go on, but it is very intriguing. This will round off the series in December with their smallest batch of just 100 barrels.
Well there you go. There will be lots of new beers from Red Brick to get excited about in the coming year. I have to say that all of the Brick Mason beers I have had so far have been stellar, and I do not expect that to change. Be on the lookout for these beers because you will not want to miss them. I will of course update you closer to each release with dates and further details about the beers. Prost!