Brew News

Beers We’re Looking Forward to in 2019

2019 just started but there have already been a ton of beer announcements that have us extremely excited for this year! While this is just barely scratching the surface, below are some new brews that sound like delicious concoctions from some top-notch breweries.


Firestone Walker Mind Haze IPA

IPA | ABV: 6.2%

Firestone Walker is a go-to brewery that does a phenomenal job of producing consistent beers. Whether it’s one of their core classics like Union Jack IPA or Luponic Distortion IPA series, a newer option such as the Firestone Walker Lager, or even some of their limited releases like the Leo V. Ursus, the brewery has plenty to offer. While they have plenty of awesome IPA options already, the brewery is tapping into the haze craze with their brand-new Mind Haze IPA. Coming in at 6.2% ABV, this juicy brew full of tropical fruit flavors sounds delicious!

Shiner Wicked Juicy Pineapple & Coconut IPA

IPA | ABV: 5.4%

This year Shiner has a “laid-back IPA” joining their Wicked Juicy line. This Pineapple & Coconut IPA is self-explanatory regarding what flavors to expect, but that doesn’t make it any less exciting. Although there is no official release date yet, this new addition to Shiner’s lineup shows they continue to play with fun flavor combinations. With other solid beers in their rotation like the Sea Salt & Lime and Strawberry Blonde, the Pineapple & Coconut seems like it will fit right in. At 5.4% ABV, this sounds like it will be a great all-day drinker at the beach!

Ballast Point Passing Haze

IPA | ABV: 4.2%

Ballast Point is known for their stellar beers with massive hits like their Sculpin line as well as other favorites like Victory At Sea, Fathom IPA or their Even Keel. This brewery knows what they are doing when it comes to IPAs though, which is why it’s not surprising to hear they are jumping in on the hazy IPA trend in 2019. Passing Haze is a light session IPA with citrus hops that will deliver heavy tropical flavors and a delicious brew.

Low-Calorie Beers

Harpoon Rec. League

Pale Ale | ABV: 3.8%

Harpoon is a brewery that has a well-rounded lineup of beers. They don’t go overboard with specific styles, but always make sure to have their bases covered. This year they are adding Rec. League to their lineup, which fills in the pale ale slot. Not only does this hazy pale ale hit the spot and deliver a combination of fruity hop and bready malt flavors, but it is also only 120 calories per 12 oz. can!  Harpoon’s Rec. League isn’t about winning or losing, it’s about how you play the game – and the beer you drink afterward!

Ballast Point Lager

Lager | ABV: 4.2%

“Bright, refreshing & fit for adventure” is how Ballast Point describes one of their new additions for 2019. Different from the Helles style Longfin Lager, Ballast Point’s Lager will slide in as an all-day drink at 4.2% ABV and boast only 99 calories per 12 oz. serving. Brewed with 100% 2-row barley and a touch of apollo hops, Ballast Point Lager is a refreshing choice for any occasion.

Dogfish Head Slightly Mighty Lo-Cal IPA

Low-Cal IPA | ABV: 4.0%

Dogfish Head had significant success with their stellar SeaQuench Ale, which is a light-drinking gose with only 140 calories per can. In 2019, they are continuing to dive into the low-calorie category with their Slightly Mighty IPA. This session IPA is only 4.0% ABV and will deliver a light body with tropical flavors. As for the calories, Slightly Mighty is only 95 calories with a mere 3.6 grams of carbs, 0 grams of fat and 1 gram of protein! This will be a go-to brew for any beer lover who wants something healthier this year!

Rose Beers

21st Amendment Sparkale

Rose Ale | ABV: 5.5%

Rosé beer is continuing to blow up in 2019 as more and more breweries are getting into the game with their take on the style. 21st Amendment is one of those breweries and their brand-new Sparkale will hit shelves in March. On top of being another option in the rosé category, Sparkale features flavors of apple, cranberry, peach & cherry, all blended together perfectly for a refreshing and tasty beer!

Firestone Walker Rosalie

Rose Ale | ABV: 5.0%

Firestone Walker will also be getting into the Rose Beer category this year with their newly announced, Rosalie. The 5.0% ABV beer will be brewed with hibiscus and wine grapes, giving it a pretty straightforward rose flavor. Firestone Walker is a brewery that usually knocks it out of the park regardless of the style they are introducing. The addition of a rose beer will be exciting and offer something different and fresh within their lineup for 2019!

Other Styles

Dogfish Head Super 8

Gose | 5.3%

This sessionable gose is brewed with eight (technically nine) super fruit ingredients: prickly pear, mango, boysenberry, blackberry, raspberry, elderberry, kiwi juices, toasted quinoa, and red Hawaiian sea salt! This seems like a unique gose that will have unique flavors that are fruity, but different from what you’re used to seeing. Releasing this April, Dogfish Head SuperEIGHT seems like it is going to be a go-to summer beer option!

Stone Notorious P.O.G.

Berliner Weisse | ABV: 4.5%

Stone Brewing is known for their heavier hitting, delicious (pun intended) IPAs. In 2019, they are looking to add a light and fresh Berliner Weisse to their lineup though with the “Notorious P.O.G.” A beer that technically released in 2018 at the brewery. With a tart edge to it, this beer will be filled with tropical flavors, specifically orange, passion fruit, and guava, with a mimosa like style to it. Landing at only 4.5% ABV, Stone is aiming to give drinkers a refreshing summer beer that is bold with flavor and can be a go-to throughout the day.

Great Lakes Buckin’ Mule

Moscow Mule Ale | ABV: 6.5%

Great Lakes is deciding to move in a different direction in 2019 with their Buckin’ Mule beer which will be a Moscow Mule Ale. Mules have been another increasing trend in the beverage world, and Great Lakes is seizing the opportunity to adapt this drink style into beer. With flavors of ginger and lime, this 6.5% ABV beer will capitalize on the refreshing flavor combination that makes Moscow mules a drink people are always in the mood for!

There are a ton of beers scheduled for release in 2019 and it seems like a lot of breweries are ready to dive into some new trends and unique styles. Hopefully, the industry continues to branch out and develop new, great-tasting beer!

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