2019 Beer Release Calendar
2019 isn’t just bringing a new look for all of your favorite Four Peaks beers; we’ve also got some exciting brews in the works that are poised to become mainstays in your fridge. Check out this year’s release calendar and breeze through all the descriptions of our beers below to know what to expect when.
(NOTE: Four Peaks beer is currently only available in the Southwest, and not all beers will be going everywhere we distribute. Check with your local retailers and distributors to see which Four Peaks beers will be near you—or, better yet, check our Beer Finder.)
Kilt Lifter – Kilt Lifter is our award-winning flagship brew, crafted in the tradition and honor of the great strong ales of Scotland. Take one sip and you’ll swear it had been brewed by men in kilts—and maybe it was. It’s a full-bodied ale with pronounced flavors of caramel and roasted barley. Notice its amber color, malty sweetness and a hint of smokiness with a clean, dry finish? That’s a true Scottish-style ale.
Hop Knot – Hop Knot features five American hop varieties woven into the brewing process at seven different intervals for bold hop flavor intertwined with crisp, clean bitterness.
Peach Ale – Little-known fact: Arizona grows some prime peaches. This delicious golden ale is infused with the refreshing fruit to give you all of the peach with none of the sweet.
Pitchfork – This pale ale may have come from a brewery, but it wasn’t born there. A truly great beer first rises in the field, from seeds planted by calloused hands and tended by watchful eyes. Pitchfork is our salute to the hardworking men and women who harvest the ingredients that make our beer possible. Because great beer isn’t made; it’s grown.
Sunbru – Brilliantly clear, bright gold and subtly flavored, Sunbru is one of Four Peaks’ most drinkable beers. But “drinkable” doesn’t mean “simple;” Sunbru took home gold at the World Beer Cup in 2012. When brewers from Cologne—the city in which the style was invented—are asking you for your recipe, you know you’ve got a beer worthy of being called Kölsch.
Raj – True to its British origin, Raj – our English IPA – is aggressive where necessary, but undeniably refined. Its deliciously floral bitterness is rounded out with a healthy dose of caramel malt that gives it a rich copper color.
Oatmeal Stout – Our Oatmeal Stout is creamy, dark and chocolaty, but drinks more easily than you might expect. The roastiness of this English-style stout starts on the bitter side, but is tamed by an infusion of a nitrogen, which is also responsible for the cascading bubbles and velvety mouthfeel that make authentic stouts like this one so revered.
White Ale – True to its Belgian roots but infused with Arizona substance, our witbier is brewed with local orange peel and Sonoran White Wheat from our friends at Hayden Flour Mills. It’s kept unfiltered for layered flavors, spicy aromas and a citrusy finish.
8th Street – A true “session” beer, our 8th Street Pale Ale is styled after the classic pub ales of England. Hop varieties native to the U.K. give the beer an earthy, floral aroma deftly balanced by the perfect amount of caramel malt. They say you can’t please everyone all the time—but they haven’t tried 8th Street.
Golden Lager – Two decades in the making, our Golden Lager is brewed with some of the world’s most celebrated lager yeast for an authentic, elegant flavor befitting the beer’s bright color. Grab a pint and drink deep; you just struck gold.
Double Knot – Dangerously smooth and drinkable, Double Knot is the bigger brother of our IPA, Hop Knot. We actually used more than double the amount of hops that went into Hop Knot, but “Double-and-a-Third Knot” sounded weird, so we rounded down. Double Knot has a warming maltiness with a subtle caramel edge, but hops, added at seven different intervals during the brewing process, are the star of the show.
Grapefruit Radler (NEW!) – About a hundred years ago, the story goes, German innkeeper Franz Kugler had a problem. The bicycle trail he had created through the woods that led directly to his beer garden was working a little too well, and on a warm June day in 1922, some 13,000 cyclists came rolling in looking for a post-ride pint. Running low on beer, Kugler blended what he had left with a lemon soda he could never seem to get rid of and called it Radlermass (literally “cyclist’s liter”). The rest is history. Using our award-winning Golden Lager as a base, we juiced up our interpretation of this crushable concoction with grapefruit juice and a hint of ginger.
Xerocole (NEW!) – Xe·ro·cole | ˈzirəˌkōl — A name given to animals adapted to live in harsh desert environments. As brewers who also must overcome sweltering heat and lack of water, we feel a kind of kinship with these hardy critters. We designed this beer to live up to our shared ability to thrive in the desert. Flaked oats lend the beer soft, creamy body; Lemondrop, Idaho 7, Denali and Mosaic hops added at carefully chosen intervals give it laid-back bitterness and a flavor dripping with pineapple and juicy citrus. It’s an IPA brewed to help you endure the scorching sun and keep the night going just a little bit longer. Think of each can as your own little oasis.
Brut IPA (NEW!) – In the world of Champagne and sparkling wine, “brut” is used to denote bubbly that’s “dry,” meaning it has little to no residual sweetness. It’s a word that’s equally applicable to this extra-dry IPA. Mosaic, Hallertau Blanc and Southern Passion hops lend flavors of mixed berries, melon and white wine that are made even more intense by the beer’s lack of sugar.
Kühl Beans – What’s cooler than cool? Kühl. The German word means “chilly,” and conveys how we cold-steep this robust porter with locally roasted Monsooned Malabar coffee beans, which are exposed to monsoon winds for several months to allow the beans to swell in size, lose their acidity and acquire mellow flavors of baker’s chocolate and earth. We then infuse the beer with fresh Madagascar vanilla beans for a soothing ice cream note. Pretty kühl, huh?
Pumpkin Porter – Our Pumpkin Porter is a dark, rich porter combined with all the things that make a great pumpkin pie: nutmeg, allspice, some ground clove and a little ginger. It’s our most popular specialty beer and has been for over a decade.
Oktoberfest – Traveling to the Oktoberfest celebration each year can get expensive, but not to worry: With elegant malt flavor, a kiss of herbal hops and a light finish that encourages drinking, our Oktoberfest is as authentic a festbier as you’ll find outside Munich—no airfare required.
Double Pumpkin – It’s not enough that we make the most popular and best-selling seasonal beer in Arizona, Pumpkin Porter; it seems the people always want something more. Something … bigger. So in 2014, we heard their cries and created Double Pumpkin, an imperial Pumpkin Porter. We increased the spices. We upped the maltiness. We boosted the body. And in the end, we created what we think is a sublime (and flavorful) evolution of Arizona’s best fall seasonal. But fair warning; despite Double Pumpkin’s size, it’s only around for a limited time each year.
Sirius Black – Our Russian imperial stout is named for Sirius, or the Dog Star, the brightest star in the black night sky. Flavored with licorice root and cold-brewed Monsooned Malabar coffee, this beer becomes even more brilliant after spending several months in freshly emptied bourbon barrels. When you taste a barrel-aged stout as complex and dazzling as this, you know it’s Sirius.
Hopsquatch – Formed from myth, legend, and a whole lot of hops, our American-style barleywine is seldom-seen, emerging from its dark cellar home just a few times a year. Each sip reveals rich caramel flavors nearly buried under a massive hop footprint. The 11% ABV may seem beastly, but take some time to get to know Hopsquatch and you’ll find that he’s a gentle giant.
Barrel-Aged Kilt Lifter – A year of slumber inside freshly emptied Four Roses bourbon barrels gives our award-winning Scottish ale a wee kick of caramel, vanilla and whiskey.
Barrel-Aged Raj – We age our English IPA anywhere from 3 months to one year in a Four Roses bourbon barrel. Its deliciously floral bitterness is tempered a bit by the barrel aging process and it is rounded out with a healthy dose of caramel malt that gives it a rich copper color with a very pleasant warming finish.
That’s right: For the first time ever, we’re launching variety packs featuring four fantastic brews. While our 12-pack will have the same great beers year-round, 24-packs will feature brews that rotate with the seasons. Check the attached calendar to see what’ll be available when.
(More info about all of these beers can be found here.)