Ninkasi's New Special Winter Releases!

By now, you've probably seen Ninkasi's Sleighr at your favorite grocery store, bottle shop, or beer bar. Well, Jamie Floyd and his crew have been busy brewing three new winter beers that will soon be released.  Here are the details:

Renewale Porter 2012
  • Release Date:  January 1, 2012
  • Style:  Northwest Porter
  • IBUs:  38
  • ABV:  5.9%
  • Packaging:  12 oz. 6-Packs / 22 oz. Bottles / Draft
  • Description:  "A new year! A new beer! Each year Renewale will be something new and special to enjoy while winter runs its course. Bittersweet chocolate aroma and flavors accentuate this dark, rich ale. Balanced and satisfying, this Robust style Porter is sure to bring cheer in the New Year!"

Critical Hit Barley Wine
  • Release Date:  January 1, 2012
  • Style:  Barley Wine
  • IBUs:  100++
  • ABV:  11.7%
  • Packaging:  22 oz. Bottles / Draft
  • Description:  "In the Ninkasi tradition, this Barley Wine is hopped to high heaven. Critical Hit has a rich malty expression but the 11 varieties of hops linger on the palate. Two-hundred and twenty pounds of hops were used to make only 17 barrels of beer! Its high gravity nature warms the cheeks and soul. Pull out your 20-sided die Critical Hit does double damage so you might have to roll versus save if you take this ale for granted."

Sterling Pils
  • Release Date:  December 22, 2011
  • Style:  Pilsner
  • IBUs:  30
  • ABV:  4.9%
  • Packaging:  Draft only
  • Description:  "Sterling Pils is a German-style Pilsner brewed with North American ingredients, including Sterling hops from Washington, Premium Pilsner malt from Canada, and some of the best brewing water in the word from the Pacific Northwest."

Which of these are you most looking forward to tasting?

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  1. I really look forward to trying the barleywine. I wasn't too big a fan of the latest winter release stout in the ReNEWAle series. First off, I didn't like the 'high gravity' title.. made it seem cheap, and pressed upon by the AB cloud. I have never experienced a Ninkasi barleywine. I hope it is brewed in the Ninkasi tradition. I have been nothing but let down by their beers for the past 2 years. When Tricerahops was first released.. it was an amazing beer.. once it caught on, it failed miserably, and still does today though it is raking in the money simply because of its wide distribution and alcohol content. The porter I will just simply pass on, because I know it won't touch some of the better porters already out there.

    Thanks for the release info, I am very curious about future Ninkasi ventures.

  2. I'd like to try Renewale and Critical Hit, if I can find it. How has Tricerahops changed over the years? I tasted it for the first time this spring and liked it.


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