BREWDOG BEERS FOR 2018
Running down our epic beer line-up for this year
You know that we live or die based on the contents of your glass – and we know that you love to hear first-hand about the beers we are planning on releasing. As our beer calendar for 2018 is pretty much good to go, we figured there’s no point just pinning it to the brewhouse wall – we should get it out there so you can circle the things that interest you most.
So here it is, in black and white. How 2018 is set to shape up on Planet BrewDog.
Dead Pony Club
Jet Black Heart Nitro
Indie Pale Ale
Our go-to pack-leaders are locked and loaded and we are psyched to unleash Jet Black Heart Nitro into the world very soon. Even sooner (as in, next week) we unveil a brand new Headliner to sit alongside. Kingpin lager tags out to become draft-only in our bars, and taking its place in our core range is a new rockstar – a pale ale for the 21st Century. At 4.2% Indie Pale Ale arrives on draft and in cans next week and is citrusy, sessionable and perfect for any drinking occasion.
This year, we are turning up the volume thanks to the mighty Elvis Juice, Jack Hammer and Cocoa Psycho. But they will also be joined by a full on, classically West Coast Double IPA. Native Son is the brainchild of our Head of Production Jason Pond and we loved it so much it has been elevated from small-batch release to proudly sit in our 2018 Amplified range. Available on draft and in cans from next month it is a powerhouse of resin, pine and gloriously dank American hops.
For this coming year we are going to continue to let these two brothers in arms rock and roll. Nanny State remains one of the most popular non-Headliners that we brew, and we can’t get enough of it out of the brewhouse doors. Vagabond returns as the other intense, hoppy brew that anyone can enjoy – just because a beer is gluten-free doesn’t mean it needs to be taste-free. Our Tuned twosome are firing on all cylinders in 2018.
2018 High Octane:
Tactical Nuclear Penguin
For our collection of boundary-pushing brews we are furthering the renaissance of Tactical Nuclear Penguin, celebrating it in the new-look 110ml bottles. We are also continuing to raid the barrel store at regular intervals for our Paradox Series, the latest iteration of which celebrates the silent hero that is grain whisky. Tokyo* is also back for 2018 and we are eyeing up the next edition of our anniversary imperial stout to co-incide with our AGM – Dog G will be in the house in the spring.
We are mere days away from the return of our idiosyncratic black lager Zeitgeist; our first seasonal of the year hits the shelves and online shop next week. Another returning champion is the soundtrack to your summertime Electric India – and we loved the wintertime spice of Slot Machine, so that is also back. The one change to our seasonals is the arrival of the Prototype Challenge champion, our new session-strength citrus IPA Clockwork Tangerine will be out in the spring.
2018 Wild Cards:
Kamikaze Knitting Club
Restorative Beverage for Invalids and Convalescents
Sea Weasel Shanty
We had a blast brewing our small-batch canned wild card range last year so we are looking forward to coming up with more limited edition wonders in 2018. As Restorative Beverage for Invalids and Convalescents has been gone too long we are adding it to the wild card range for this year. It will sit alongside Deck Ape West Coast IPA and an oyster stout called Sea Weasel Shanty. First up though, a 7.5% maple stout hopped with Sorachi Ace and sporting killer artwork. Stand by to join the Kamikaze Knitting Club.
Yesterday saw another milestone for the BrewDog Overworks - the first filling of the mighty Italian foudres that are destined to be the starting point for our Brett-fermented saison, Instamatic. Richard Kilcullen and his dedicated team have hit the ground running in 2018 and are hard at work developing a range of mixed and wild fermented beers, with the Spanish Rioja barrels also being filled and the Overworks' own bottling line installed and ready to go. This year is set to be a banner year for lovers of mixed culture sour beers.
Experimental Hop Series:
The incredible men and women who cultivate our hops are truly unsung heroes of the brewing world. Our team love nothing more than putting their hard work to the test so in 2018 we are bringing back our IPA is Dead concept, but with a twist. It will feature only experimental hops, new varieties, brand new hopping techniques – untested, cutting edge and truly out there. Yet to be officially named, these draft and canned beers will be very much worth waiting for.
Joining forces with leading craft brewers is something we love – and despite amazing brewdays with the likes of Cloudwater, Omnipollo and Beavertown last year we wanted to do so much more. So in 2018, we are. We have TEN collabs in the pipeline with leading European craft breweries; and Equity Punks, check the blog next week for a very special way in which you can be involved. We are kicking off with the pride of Italy, Birrificio Italiano – check back very soon for more.
We will also be continuing to rock the Abstrakt series and are looking at more single-cask barrel aged releases for our bars in 2018. #ReBrewDog will continue to see favourites from our archives return and we are following up with more Hazy Jane around Easter. Also – because why in the hell not – we are going to launch Rip Tide Nitro. Oh yes.
Any thoughts on our 2018 beer range? Let us know below in the comments!