Monday, June 17, 2013

New Releases: Stone RuinTen IPA and Abita Select Strawator

First off, releasing TODAY is Stone Brewing's RuinTen IPA, a re-release of last year's hugely successful Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA.  I mentioned it back in April, but it appears the time is now.  Well, probably not exactly now, but LA is on the release list so we should see ours before too long.  They describe the beer as "A stage dive into a mosh pit of hops." Yes please!  

 

Also, look for Abita's new select series, the Strawator starting next week.  Or this weekend at WYES! Next week in town it will be at a handful of places... Chimes East at 4:30 on Wednesday (the 26th) then Pelican House at 6:00 the same day.  Then on Friday the 28th The Bulldog will have it from 6-7 and Red Zeppelin from 7-8.  Plenty of chances to try this new one, which seems like a combination of Strawberry Harvest and Andygator.  They describe it as: 

"Strawator is a take on our most popular Harvest Series beer, Strawberry Harvest Lager. It is a strong golden lager made with malted barley and wheat. Despite being strong, it is still light in color. It is hopped with German Perle hops to give the beer a delicate hop flavor. After filtration, generous amounts of fresh Louisiana strawberry juice is added, giving the beer a pleasant sweet taste and aroma, as well as a nice golden color and slight cloudiness."
It comes in at 8% abv, the same as Andygator.  Worth trying?  Sure.  The last Select series brew, the Mayhawk, was one of Abita's best in recent memory so hopefully this one follows that trend.